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Friday, December 24, 2021
Food For Thought: Reflections On My Own Christmas Card Story and The State Of The Union
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Winter In The High Country: A Lesson In Perseverance and Making Lemonade From Lemons
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Embracing The Suck
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
The Story Behind Old Horse Thief Trail
Thursday, October 28, 2021
There Must Be 50 Ways To "Overlook" Lovely Ouray
Some of the finest views lie at the end of difficult climbs. And there's certainly no lack of nearby trails and/or peaks from which one can "overlook" Lovely Ouray....
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Close To Home: Random Indian Summer Outings on Trail's "Dexter" and "Perimeter"
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Oh Danny Boy
It's that time of year. High up groves of aspen—now all but bare of leaves—assume a austere stick-figure mood. Old Man Winter lurks just around the corner. Time is of the essence, now, as we try to squeeze as many outings as possible before the snow and blow and the death pall of insipid grayness creeps down mountain. Thus we are motivated, to soak in the last vestiges and muted remnants of color that lingers in and around Lovely Ouray.
Monday, October 18, 2021
Ms Autumn's Last Hurrah: Dwarfed By Aspen—Drenched In Color—Dog-Ass Tired
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
The Two Old Broads and Crash Hike Smack Dab Through Ms Autumn's Palette On Cutler Trail
Monday, October 11, 2021
The Perilous Path: A Deep Backcountry Reprise
Monday, October 4, 2021
Abandoned Mines and Ghost Towns: A Dazzling Autumnal Color-Trek In The San Juan Mountains
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Recent Random Rambles
"From dream to dream and rhyme to rhyme I have ranged / In rambling talk with an image of air: / Vague memories, nothing but memories." William Butler Yeats
Monday, September 27, 2021
Success is not so much determined by how one carries out Plan A, as it is how one copes with all of life's Plan Bs.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Another "New Dots" Hike Requires A Wade Across The Animas River
For every sortie into new territory, we connect more new dots that reveal the lay of the land. It's slow, painstaking work that requires an investment of decades. But we love every step, as, one by one, the rugged San Juan Mountains reward us with secrets. Who knows, maybe someday all these new dots will complete the "puzzle" and we can throw away our hiking maps and apps.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021
Happiness Is Finding A Hidden Lake...In A Secluded Basin...With A Challenging Ridge Line Summit
The route is vertiginous, to the degree that you can almost feel the flow of talus underfoot. That the the whole hillside doesn't give way and slough downhill and close the Jeep road access is beyond me.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Exploring The Upper Reaches Of Blaine Basin, Below Mount Sneffels Seldom Trekked North Face
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Reflections At "The Ponds"
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Old Dog, New Tricks
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Finding Purpose By Movement In The Outdoors
To say that a Mount Abram summit begins with a serious, near vertical grind is an understatement. For some reason, it reminds of my grandparents ladder-like attic stairway, a narrow, near vertical shaft constructed with 4 inch treads on a 12 inch rise. Somehow, and at great peril, I might add, my Grandma Carder could traverse up and down that contravention of ethics and "building code" in 3 inch heels. Then, as if to elevate "perilous" to treacherous, Granddad never bothered to install a handrail. The attic was crammed with odds and ends of "memorabilia," boxes and boxes of artifacts destined for a "someday" yard sale that never came to pass. If there is a "bright side" to getting old and crippled, it's that it will excuse long put off chores indefinitely, which, at some point, becomes forever.
Monday, August 2, 2021
Fun With Megan and Micheal
Great niece, Megan, and spouse Micheal, dropped by Lovely Ouray for a couple of days. The Pennsylvanians were on a 4 to 6 week road trip tour of the southwest. Unfortunately, record high temps, countless forest fires and a monsoonal deluge plagued some of their camping trip, they made lemonade out of lemons and toughed it out. And to think, it was their honeymoon?
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
"Wildflowers are the loveliest of all because they grow in uncultivated soil, in those hard, rugged places where no one expects them to flourish." Micheline Ryckman
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Red Rovers Hike The "Reds"
Friday, July 9, 2021
Barstow Mining Ruins, and Flower Blooms In Spirit Basin
At over 11,200 feet, visiting the old Barstow Mine will certainly test the lungs of "flat-land" tourists. But it's worth every breath just to gaze upon immense piles of colorful tailings plastered against a sheer backdrop of green vegetation and mountaintops that soar into the heavenly blue skies of Southwest Colorado. But wait, there's more!
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Critical Thoughts On Critical Thinking, then, Sorely Tempted On The Sunny South Face Of Sneffels
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Our Mining Heritage: A Glimpse Back At The Boom/Bust Era Of Mining.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Taking On Lovely Ouray's Via Ferrata: Climb—Traverse—Descend Repeat
Bobbie decided she wanted to do something out of the ordinary for our 35th anniversary. Unbeknownst to me, she booked us on Lovely Ouray's newest adventure, the Via Ferrata. Cool! What's not to love, climbing harnesses, carabinieres and clinging to cliff faces. Surprise!
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
A Spring Fling Video
Monday, May 31, 2021
Me Versus Me: Antedotes On A Post-70 Life-Is-Still-Good Life
Saturday, May 1, 2021
"It's Lonely Out In Space"
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Winding Down Utah With Andre And Rose
Saturday, April 17, 2021
A "Trust Your Shoes" Hike With Outdoor Enthusiasts Roger and Cary
Thursday, April 15, 2021
"Don't flaunt what you didn't earn"
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Postcards From The Edge: A Bike To A Hike-Climb-Stroll Atop Snowcapped Sandstone
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Flipping Through The Pages Of Our Lives...
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Moving On: A Tantalizing Tortolita Mountains Hike, Then Back To The Super Superstition Mountains For A Bike, Then One More Bike Around Granite Mountain
A true wanderer never loses their excitement for arriving. Even when, deep down inside, they know they were born to leave.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Drawing Lines: MTB Axioms and Other Random Considerations For Simpleminded Geezer-Bikers
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
What Have You Got To Lose?
Even though we believe we grow up and move on from our volatile adolescence, deep down we're still just a conglomeration of hormones — the same ridiculous teenager, now worn around the edges by life. Jill Homer of "Jill Outside," The necessity and frivolity of personal challenges.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Reflections On The Intersection Between Pride and Practicality On The Corner of Nature and Freedom
"When you stay too long in one place, you forget just how big an expanse the world is. You get no sense of the vastness...just as it is hard to have a sense of the vastness inside any one person. But once you sense that vastness, once something reveals it, hope emerges...and it clings to you as stubbornly as lichen clings to rock." Matt Haig, "The Midnight Library"