I recently took a vacation to Ireland and it totally changed my life. This was my first trip to Europe and it was magnificent. I found the Irish people to be warm and friendly and extremely helpful in finding my way around this beautiful country. I was based in Dublin and stayed at the Aberdeen Lodge which is a gorgeous B&B. I visited the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough which is home to an ancient monastery. I have a friend who lives in Quin, Ireland and I spent time with him touring the west coast of the country. Quin Abbey, The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren are not to be missed on any trip to Ireland!
I think its extremely important to leave ones home country and experience how other cultures live day to day. My visit to Ireland had enriched my life and I am already planning my next visit.
Aberdeen Lodge B&B
Lake in the Wicklow Mountains
Gate into St Stephens Green
St Stephens Green
River Liffey, Dublin
Temple Bar Street Scene
West Coast of Ireland
Hanover Quay, U2 Studios
Crested Butte is a top favorite place of mine in Colorado because not only is it stunningly beautiful but the town is very laid back and fun. A friend and I spent 4 awesome days/nights camping at Lake Irwin which is 8 miles from Crested Butte on Kebler Pass Road. On one side of the CG you have the beautiful Ruby Range and on the other Lake Irwin. We took a raft called Seahawk 2 out on the lake and it proved very seaworthy.
Beautiful Lake Irwin
Wildflowers which are abundant in CB
A friend and I recently spent a weekend at Snow Mountain Ranch in Fraser, Colorado. We stayed in a yurt which did not have heat and it dropped to -16 overnight. Even though it was a chilly night the adventure was worth it. We did a dog sled ride which was the highlight of the weekend for me. Both Cheryl and I took a ride on the dog sled which was pulled by 6-7 beautiful mushers! We also did some cross country skiing and an awesome snowshoe trek.
Here are some pictures from a fun weekend:
Mushers pulling the sled
Ready to Go!
These guys are excited!
Dogs were talking loudly
My friend Cheryl and I visited Valley View Hot Springs this past weekend for a few days of hiking and soaking in the beautiful healing waters. Valley View recently added two new hot pools and like everything else they do at VV the new pools are gorgeous. The soaking pools at Valley View are set in the woods and provide stunning views of the distant mountains and the San Luis Valley.
We hiked one afternoon to the Orient Mine Site also known as the Bat Cave. Every June 25,000 bachelor bats descend on Valley View to make their summer home in the cave. Valley View conducts evening hikes to the cave so visitors can see the nightly fly out. In September the bats fly south for the winter.
Storm over the mountains near Valley View
Sunset over the San Luis Valley of Colorado
Beautiful sky at sunset in the San Luis Valley
Meadow Pool at VV Hot Springs
Storm clouds over the San Luis Valley
My friend Cheryl and I spent 10 days in beautiful Glacier National Park earlier this month. We camped at Two Medicine Campground which is in the lower eastern section of the park. Glacier is absolutely breathtaking and we had a wonderful adventure. We hiked several trails and spent an afternoon canoeing Sherbourne Lake which is in the Many Glacier area of the park. Wildlife was abundant and we had the thrill of seeing 4 grizzly bears one of which was across the stream from where we were camped. A park ranger told us that this particular sow grizzly had a radio collar and she weighed 1200 pounds! Her head was huge and I was amazed at just how big she was. We also saw several black bears, coyotes, elk, deer and many raptors.
Canoeing Lake Sherbourne
Stunning Pray Lake, Glacier NP
Cheryl in Glacier NP
Glacier National Park
Running Eagle Falls, Glacier NP
Hike to No Name Lake in Glacier NP
The Long Draw Reservoir is located 65 miles northwest of Fort Collins, CO off of Hwy 14 in Poudre Canyon. The best campground in the area is Grandview which is approx 15 miles down the Long Draw Reservoir Road. This area is surrounded by majestic peaks of the Never Summer Range and is lush with vegetation and wildlife. Moose were reintroduced back in 1978 to Colorado and this was the first area in which they lived. It is not uncommon to see several moose during a visit as this area is abundant with willows which is their primary food source. I have been visiting this area for 32 years and never tire of the beauty to be found here. Not only can you find wonderful campgrounds but also many reservoirs, lakes and streams with abundant fish.
Storm rolling in over the Never Summer Range
Morning light and mist over Longdraw Reservoir
Inlet to Long Draw Reservoir
Nokhu Crags near Cameron Pass
Stream along a trail
Over Memorial Day weekend I went with several friends to hike and camp in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We camped at the south rim campground and did a couple hikes during the weekend. The canyon gets the name “Black” because it is so deep and narrow that little sunlight penetrates. Congress made it a national park in 1999 and also designated the land below the canyon rims protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Gunnison River carrying debris is what made the canyon walls so steep. Wildlife that call this national park home are black bear, mountain lion, deer and many types of birds.
Black Canyon & Gunnison River
On Sunday, May 20th folks in the western United States were treated to a partial eclipse of the sun. There were several great Eclipse Watch Partys here in Colorado and I attended one at the Univ of Colorado here in Boulder. Although there was quite a bit of cloud cover we had the opportunity to catch several glimpses of the eclipse and it was spectacular. I have seen two total solar eclipses and its always a treat to witness this phenomena. I did not get any pictures of the actual eclipse but did get a couple of the sky during this period of time which turned out well. Astronomers from the university were on hand and put on a wonderful show for the 10,000 folks who attended.
Sky during the eclipse
On Saturday, April 28th two friends and I visited the Maroon Bells for a hike and just to enjoy the magnificent scenery. We stayed in Redstone, Colorado for a long weekend at a hot springs resort and spent the weekend hiking, bicycling and soaking.
In the Maroon Bells we hiked most of the way on the Crater Lake trail until the snow became too deep and we started post holing. We found a wonderful rocky outcrop on which to have lunch and enjoy the views. Below are a few photos of our trip.
Maroon Bells Wilderness
Over Presidents Day Weekend I went to Crested Butte, Colorado with 5 friends. The town of Crested Butte has an endearing funkiness and is set in one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado. We cross country skied and hung out in the hot tub while enjoying great food and drinks.
The Magic of Icicles
Cross Country Skiing