Surviving the Ding and Dang Canyon loop hike in spring

Ding and Dang Canyon loop hike utah

For months, a funny, brilliant group of ladies here have been planning a spring backpacking trip. Utah was always the destination as it offers a wide variety of hiking and camping when Colorado is still too cold (and/or muddy). We had previously planned on backpacking the Fish & Owl Canyon area, but an ominous weather … Read more

#52HikeChallenge Roundup: spring hiking in Rifle, Colorado

hubbard-mesa-blm-rifle-rock-colorado-landloping-hiking-landscape-spring hiking in Rifle Colorado

Where has this month gone? Much of March has been spent at work, pouring over academic library journals for homework, and my personal favorite, sleeping. We managed to sneak quite a few hikes in here and there as Spring temperatures have started peeking through. Early spring hiking in Rifle, Colorado is proving to be quite … Read more

Weekend Getaway to Grand Lake & Rocky Mountain National Park

weekend getaway to grand lake and Driving the Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

It’s getting to be that time of year where things feel bleak. I’m over the gray skies, chilly walks to work, and ever-present feeling that I’m about to slip on ice. One of the best remedies is to just get out of town. I ventured out (sans husband since he was sick) on a three hour … Read more

Superbowl Sunday Hike to Rifle Arch

Hike to Rifle Arch panorama

How many of us can say they have a unique rock formation within a 10 minute drive of where they live? The hike to Rifle Arch was my choice for an under two hour, heart-pumping trek with Petey just before the Superbowl. It’s a go-to hike for many locals and great for a short trail run in the … Read more

Winter weekend hikes: Snowmass & Rifle

View from Snowmass Ski Area, Colorado

Last week was long. Work felt endless and both of us were glazed over by the end of the week. Some good ol’ winter outings were requisite for a work week recovery. We ventured on two hikes over the weekend, both unique: one was a new trail to us, recently in the news and had piqued … Read more

Snowshoeing Near Steamboat Springs: Rabbit Ears Pass

snowshoeing steamboat springs rabbit ears pass

Snowshoeing is a humbling experience each time I go. It reminds me of how uncoordinated I am. An old friend is on a ski trip in Steamboat Springs, so we decided on a mini-road trip for the day for some good old-fashioned hangin’ out. Steamboat is about 2.5 hours of mountain driving from our home in … Read more

Sunday Snowshoeing Fail

Petey, the basset hound mix, not enjoying the snowshoeing excursion

First day of snowshoeing for the season. 2 feet of pristine powder. Picturesque, wintry views. A rotting elk carcass. Dog vomit. This captures the essence of our Sunday afternoon snowshoeing trudge around the West Mamm Trailhead about 20 minutes southeast of Rifle. It’s an interesting drive to the trailhead as you pass old ranches, beautiful mesas and mountains … Read more