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13th Annual $luts and Mutts Weekend

This weekend was the 13th Annual weekend for $luts and Mutts. For me, however, it was the first annual weekend as this was my first time to attend.  My friend Danelle, who I met through hiking the Colorado Trail, is the organizer.  I was quite impressed with all of her effort.

Danelle spent a weekend scouting the location, organized the food list, and she along with a few of the ladies who have participated in the event since the inception had quite the set up…food tents, tables, stoves, satellite radio, and even a privacy tent for potty breaks.

I was only able to stay one of the two nights, but it certainly was enjoyable.  This year, we camped off Tigiwon Road near Minturn, Colorado.  Just at the turn off highway 24 is a mine.  The dirt road climbs through groves of aspen.  What a spectacular drive this would be in the fall!  The only thing we didn’t realize is that it is the same road that leads to Mount Holy Cross, a 14er, so the morning traffic begins around 4:30am!

I took two hikes while there.  Since I tend to not sleep very late, I got up, drove to the end of the road, and took an easier trail than Mount Holy Cross.  I hiked to Half Moon Trail to the top of a ridge.  This trail goes very far, but AllTrails showed a 4.3 mile hike.  Such hike goes up and over the ridge, down a little and back up to the ridge upon return.  Since on the map, it didn’t seem like the hike stopped at a special destination in the valley, I decided to make the peak with lovely views the place to stop.

The steep trail climbed 1,300 feet in 1.5 miles.  I followed it through a dense forest to near tree line where it opened to a high alpine meadow with lovely views.  It was a nice morning hike before I met up with the girls again who had just finished breakfast.

I packed up my rain soaked and hail battered tent from the overnight storm and followed the girls down the dirt road to another trail.  This time we hiked a portion of Cross Creek Trail which is 14 miles one way.  There is 4.9 mile out-and-back hike to Surprise Lake, but still nursing a sprained ankle and already having hiked 3 or so miles this morning, I only joined the ladies and dogs for a few more miles to a lovely bridge and back while they continued.

This trail was lovely.  It included aspen groves and pine forests.  The trail paralleled the creek and at times it veered close to the water and crossed it.  I really like hikes that either follow or go to water.  I was pleasantly surprised by this trail, and think I will have to do some more exploring.  ETB

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An Offline GPS Guided Map is Now Available for Ljubljana on GPSMyCity

I’m pleased to announce the following post is now available on GPSMyCity!

Top Things to Do In and Around Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Croatia Posts with an Offline GPS Guide Map is Now Available on GPSMyCity

I’m pleased to announce the following Croatia posts are now available on GPSMyCity!

36 Hours in Zagreb, Croatia

Top Things to Do in Bale, Croatia

Top Things to Do in and Around Rovinj, Croaita

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A Weekend in Vail

A Little Hiking in Vail

Well my weekend in Vail turned out to be a little lackadaisical after I sprained my ankle on first hike Friday, but it was still enjoyable, and I will definitely be back to explore the area more.  Maybe even later this year. Continue reading “A Weekend in Vail”

Things to Do in Creede

Things to Do in Creede

Creede, the only incorporated city in Mineral County has a population of 290.  In its lucrative mining days, it was home to 10,000 people.  The silver mines operated from 1890 to 1985.  The town is located in a rugged wilderness area with many outdoor activities available. Continue reading “Things to Do in Creede”

Venice in a Day

Venice

This was my first trip to Venice and frankly I had low expectations after I told many I was going in June.  I got the “Oh it’s going to be so crowded and hot” comment over and over.  Not fond of crowds, I was apprehensive.  I spent 2.5 days in Venice with my friend Page, and I found myself pleasantly surprised by its rundown charm.  I’m glad I visited the city before it sinks! Continue reading “Venice in a Day”

Day Trips from Venice

Vicenza (a day trip)

Vicenza is an hour drive from Venice and worth touring if time permits.  The city in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features many works of Andrea Palladio, a 16th Century Renaissance architect who defined the Palladian Style.  Palladio’s buildings are marked with bi-lingual signs, thus it is easy to tour the town in search of his architecture.  Two places designed by Palladio that we visited were the Olympic Theater and Villa Capra (la Rotunda). Continue reading “Day Trips from Venice”