view of snowcapped mountains from three mile creek trail

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Three Mile Creek Trail

Several years ago, I hiked Three Mile Creek Trail on a cold October day with my friends Cat and Chas.  It had iced the previous evening, so we spent most of our time snapping photos of cool icicles hanging off the bridges and didn’t make it very far.

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Roadtrip to the Rockies: Green Mountain Trail

Another day of the long holiday weekend equals another hike!  Danelle was game to hike with me on Sunday too, and we decided on Green Mountain Trail in Pike National Forest.

Strangely, we’ve hiked all over this area, including miles of the Colorado Trail, and didn’t know it was here.  We were the first to arrive in the dirt parking lot off Forest Road 550 at 8:30 am.  The trailhead parking is near Buffalo Creek Campground and has pit toilets.

Being July 4th weekend, the area was loaded with campers, so we weren’t sure how busy the normally lightly trafficked trail would be. 

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montane river

Gimel-les-Cascades

Gimel-les-Cascades is a small commune in the Corrèze region of France.  Not in my France guide book, this tiny town is truly a hidden gem.  It is a picture-perfect French village and was one of my favorite places in the Limousin and the surrounding area.

I was thankful to arrive around lunch time, as most everything closes between 12-2 in the Corrèze, and I didn’t have to contend with any traffic. As such, somehow, I managed to drive my giant rental car through the few narrow streets that we were wide enough for only one vehicle at a time. 

There was so much to see in Gimel-les-Cascades including remains of castle La Rouche Haute, Church Saint Pardoux and its treasury, Chapel of the Penitents, the home of Gaston Vuillier, and of course the waterfalls for which Gimel-les-Cascades is named.

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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 my 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”

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Columbine Trail to Helen Hunt Falls

Columbine Trail (Lower Trailhead) to Helen Hunt Falls (8 miles)

Finally, Tanya and I got together for a hike!  It had been a while, and it was a small miracle that we managed to both be free Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend!  We wanted to get in some mileage and knew it was still muddy in the ski towns, so we headed to the foothills near Colorado Springs and knocked off Columbine Trail. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Columbine Trail to Helen Hunt Falls”

Hikes Near Denver: Hildebrand Ranch

Today Ken and I took the dogs to Hildebrand Ranch for a wonderful five-mile stroll.  The park is part of Jeffco County Open Space located in Littleton, Colorado.  The simple five-mile loop starts from the parking lots and leads hikers through a wide open meadow of wild flowers. The trail undulates along the plains and hogback and eventually reaches a residential area by a small pond where the well marked trail zigzags back and forth until it reaches the ranch again. Continue reading “Hikes Near Denver: Hildebrand Ranch”

Piranha Fishing in the Pantanal

Of all the activities we completed in the Pantanal, river floating, games drives, hiking, and horseback riding, Piranha fishing might have been the most fun.  I really wanted to fish for Piranha simply to be able to say I’ve done it.  Ruth and Alice, the other girl on our tour were not sold on participating, especially when we saw locals standing chest deep in water fishing for these sharp toothed critters. Continue reading “Piranha Fishing in the Pantanal”