windmill by sign to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

I broke up my road trip from Texas to Colorado into two days.  As a result, I had a chance to visit Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site which was sort of on the way.  The site is located 23 miles East of Eads.

Of all the times I’ve driven from Texas to Colorado and back, I’ve rarely even taken Highway 287, so the drive was relatively new to me.  I veered off the highway near Eads and followed many dirt roads as I made my way to the Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site.

As I weaved along the roads through the plains, I hoped my GPS was right, as I was in the middle of nowhere.  I had some degree of confidence since the Sand Creek Massacre site is a National Historic Site.

EXPLORE!

Lake Rita Blanca State Park

Lake Rita Blanca State Park, once the northernmost state park in Texas, is now owned and operated by the City of Dalhart.  Since it is now maintained by the city, “state” is removed from the name and it is now known as Lake Rita Blanca Park.  As suggested by its name, the park features Lake Rita Blanca along with many trails, parking and camping areas, and playground and pavilion. The park is located just 2.5 miles south of town.

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Me and Annie dressed as a SCUBA diver and shark

Halloween Hike: Matthew/Winters

One of my favorite “holidays” is Halloween.  With COVID, the parties were non-existent and the status of trick-or-treaters was unknown, so I made the most of it with a Halloween hike.  I’m thankful my friends Mike and Paula could join me at Matthew/Winters Park.  We connected several trails to make a 4.4 mile lollipop loop.

HAPPY HIKING!
at kettle ponds

Happy Hiking: Kettle Ponds

For the first time since Memorial Day, I finally got to reconnect with Jim, Diana, and Danelle to hike Kettle Ponds.  My fellow hiking buddies, along with Zoe the dog, were staying up in Breckenridge Saturday night.  Annie and I arose early Sunday morning to meet them in Silverthorne, CO at the trailhead.

HAPPY HIKING!

Six Mine Hikes Near Breckenridge

With the wildflower and fall seasons complete, and the weather getting a bit cold for 14ers in my opinion, hiking to mines is a good option.  There are several mine hikes near Breckenridge of varying levels.  Some are even popular for snow shoeing as winter approaches.

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on the way to Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Happy Hiking: Raccoon Trail

On the recommendation of a friend, I visited Golden Gate Canyon State Park to hike Raccoon Trail.  After all, there is likely a reason it is named “Golden”.  The state park includes several trails and features many golden aspen trees. 

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the girls

Happy Hiking: Sheep Creek Trail

I had the pleasure to join a handful of ladies on a hike on Sheep Creek Trail this past week.  Amazingly, despite having driven the 285 Corridor countless times, I hadn’t heard of this trail or turned off into this National Forest Area outside of Fairplay, Colorado.

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Happy Hiking: Mount Princeton

I recently tackled my fourth fourteener of the summer, or should I say the first of the fall, upon summitting Mount Princeton with my friend Cat and Tanya. We selected Mount Princeton to celebrate Tanya’s final summit in the Sawatch range. 

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Happy Hiking: Rosalie to Abyss Trail

The Plan

With our property located near Bailey, I have hiked most of the out-and-back surrounding trails off 285 and Guanella Pass.  As a result, I have been trying to mix it up with different combinations on trails.  Today, my friends, Tanya and Jimmy, joined me in a point to point which combined a portion of Rosalie Trail with Abyss Trail.

Up until the State of Colorado created the app, COTREX, I wasn’t sure how long the hike would be.  Now, however, hikers may use the measurement tool to calculate distances.  Admittedly, I still faced some user error, as upon proposing it to my friends, I came up with 8+ miles and 12+ miles.  I’m still uncertain of the exact length as our watches indicated a 10 mile hike.

HAPPY HIKING!
aspen grove on Game Creek Trail

Happy Hiking: Game Creek Trail

Boy did I hit the gold mine, or should I say the gold colors for fall hiking on Game Creek Trail.  What a lucky pick! 

I took VANgo on her maiden voyage to Minturn, Colorado.  On Thursday, I hiked nine miles to Grouse Lake.  I also planned to hike twelve miles on Saturday.  As much as I wanted to hike to Booth Lake, 10 miles and 3,000 feet of elevation, it seemed a little daunting for three days of hiking in a row with a bad knee.  In addition, it is heavily trafficked with little parking.

HAPPY HIKING!