Tag Archives: State Park

Planning the Hiking Season

I drove my puppy Anna home from the shelter at the end of last summer. We had time for a few hiking excursions after I got her, but the snow and cold quickly moved in. Now that the warmer temperatures are returning, melting any remaining snow and drying the trails, it’s time to begin planning […]

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Why I Don’t Like The National Parks

I know it’s hard to believe, but I’ve fallen out of love with the U.S. National Parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon? Yeah, they’re all gorgeous places, but they’re flawed for me in a big way. The same goes for my favorite parks in Big Bend, Teddy Roosevelt, and Death Valley. So what’s the problem? […]

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Hiking with Benny

For the past few weeks, I’ve been hosting two visiting journalists – one from Pakistan and one from Germany. Based on my weird work schedule, and all of the things she wanted to do while in Denver, I wasn’t able to get out at all with the visiting Pakistani journalist. This morning, though, I went […]

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My First Staycation

I’m going on my first staycation this weekend. Well, no, not really. I suppose I’m not going anywhere. I’m staying right here in Denver, hanging out with my puppy, and doing some things around town. The two of us kicked it off this past weekend by taking a walk through Cherry Creek State Park and […]

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Driving California’s Big Sur

A little more than a week ago, I was driving through the Big Sur on California’s Highway 1. One little left turn out of Pfeiffer State Park and I was heading south around the bends, up and down the hills, all right along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful hardly describes it. Now, I’m sadly […]

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Falling in Love with Big Sur

I haven’t posted anything new for over a week, because I was off to California’s Big Sur area for a writing workshop. While I was busy workshopping and focusing on my next book, a children’s fantasy story, I accidentally fell in love with the area. It’s hard not to, what with the towering redwoods, the […]

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