Colorado, The Rockies

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”

Colorado, The Rockies

Roadtrip to the Rockies: Hiking in Buena Vista

Hiking in Buena Vista

My tennis peeps and I headed out for a weekend in Buena Vista and had a great time!  We wandered the town, soaked in the Mount Princeton Hot Springs, relaxed at the house, visited St. Elmo (a ghost town) and of course, hiked.  Some of us hiked more than others, but Marissa and I knocked out three trails. Continue reading “Roadtrip to the Rockies: Hiking in Buena Vista”

Colorado

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”

Colorado

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”

Brazil

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”

Brazil

Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal

Along with the game drives in the Pantanal, we participated in other activities like hiking and horseback riding.  Our first morning in the Patanal, we took a game drive to the docks, a boat ride to an island, and then a hike in the woods, across a boardwalk and to a tower for a view of the sweeping swamp. Continue reading “Hiking and Horseback Riding in the Pantanal”

Brazil

Game Drives in the Pantanal

We spent three days in the Pantanal at Pousada Piuval.  Our guides liked this 7,000 hectare ranch as it is home to the most jaguars at this time of year (which isn’t many) compared to the jaguar preserve that is not accessible at the end of the rainy season.  Anyway, that didn’t stop us from looking for them.  We took sunrise and sunset drives every day.  Most of the time we drove the few roads on the ranch, occasionally we tried a few fields that were still to wet, and we also went to the park. Continue reading “Game Drives in the Pantanal”

Brazil

Chapada dos Guimarães National Park and Bom Jardim

Gasparetour picked us up in Cuiabá at 8am in the morning.  Alex and Rachel drove us a few hours to Chapada dos Guimarães National Park for some hiking.

The park was more crowded than normal for a week day, as it was Brazil’s Labor Day, though not nearly as crowded as a National Park in the USA would be on the same day. Continue reading “Chapada dos Guimarães National Park and Bom Jardim”

Colorado, The Rockies

Road Trip to the Rockies: Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Trail(s): Chasm Falls via Old Fall River Road
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Fees: Day Pass per Auto: $20
Distance: 5+ miles
Dogs Allowed: No

I bought a National Parks pass at the end of last year, and haven’t used it too much.  As such, without dog sitting this weekend, I wanted get a hike in at Rocky Mountain National Park as dogs aren’t allowed on the trails. Continue reading “Road Trip to the Rockies: Chasm Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park”

Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: Greyrock Trail

View from Greyrock Trail

The weather was crazy on this hike.  The lower cloud, cut by a straight line, was black on one side and white on the other!

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