Tanya and I spent a weekend in Aspen to enjoy the fall colors. Interestingly, all the aspen at 10,000 feet and above were at their peak, while trees at a lower elevation had yet to change. Since we hiked a bunch, we lucked out and stumbled across amazing color. Had we been doing a lot of scenic driving, I think the best time for leaf peeping would be this up coming weekend. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: A Weekend in Aspen”
Though I stayed in Breckenridge, I drove over the pass for a hike in Vail. Most of the hikes in Vail are rated as hard as they tend to be long with significant elevation gain. I didn’t have all day, as I was meeting some friends in Vail for dinner, so I picked one of the easiest trails I could find.
Bighorn Creek Trail is 6.9 miles and rated as moderate. The parking, with only about six spots at the trailhead and six spots down the road, was extremely limited especially given no parking is allowed on the road and the trailhead parking is limited three hours. In addition, I don’t think the regular hiker can finish this trail to the cabin in three hours except perhaps a trail runner.
The moderate rating was a bit of a misnomer though comparative to other hikes in the area, maybe it is correctly ranked. The dry dirt trail begins with a steep climb and then levels off through a grove of aspen. A small boulder field and a mountainside of dormant fireweed intermingle with more aspen before the trail begins to climb. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Vail”
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As a member of the Schussbaumer Ski Club, eventhough I don’t ski, I have a place to stay in Breckenridge during the summertime at their chalet, just a few blocks from downtown.
As such, I headed to the mountains for some hiking. I settled on McCullough Gulch Trail, a 6.2 mile hike to an alpine lake.
The trail is located off the same road as the popular 14er trail to Quandary Peak, where many cars were parked. At first, I thought I was going to have to park on the lower part of the road and walk 1.5 miles to the trailhead. Then I figured out I could pass the popular trailhead and find more parking closer to the McCullough Gulch Trailhead. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Breckenridge”
We spent a portion of several days in Anchorage as we explored different parts of Alaska. While there, we found a variety of places to visit and some excellent restaurants. Below are some traveling tips for Anchorage. Continue reading “Top Things to Do in Anchorage”
I spent three days in Homer and despite somewhat crummy weather, I really liked this part of my two-week trip in Alaska. Continue reading “Three Days in Homer, Alaska”
The best part of my two week Alaska trip was visiting the bears in Katmai National Park and Preserve. I signed up for the Classic Day Trip which takes about 7 hours of the day for 3 hours with the bears and is very pricey but worth EVERY penny on a sunny day. I was thrilled that the weather was so nice for my bear trip that started at 6am which was dependent on the tides. Continue reading “Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears…UNBELIEVABLE!!!”