East of Glenwood Springs, Colorado up in the Glenwood Canyon lies a rest stop off of I 70. It presents the Best of Colorado: Raging Colorado River, Grizzly Creek feeding into the River through the valley, boulders, rock path, crashed trees and those cerulean blue skies. And clean restrooms. It is also the place of my old … Continue reading Perfect Perfection Destroyed
“Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky” Genesis 26:3-4a NIV “We worked early and late, from … Continue reading Car Camping
Spruce Mountain can be seen from I 25 at the Greenland exit between Monument and Larkspur, Colorado. There is an old ranch house, an Open Space area (good in the winter for snowshoeing), set off the gravel road over a couple of old sets of railroad tracks. Spruce Mountain has a large parking area and porta-potties at … Continue reading Cloudy Spruce Mountain
Seven Bridges Trail in Colorado Springs is located high up in Cheyenne Canyon, and represents ‘perfection and completion’ to me. Colorado perfection. Red Rocks. Green Pine trees. Lime green Aspens. Blue Columbine flowers. Flowing Streams. No bugs. Cold, Clear Snow Melt. Rocks and huge boulders. Cerulean Blue Sky. Cool temperatures in the morning and hot afternoon. Moderate hiking difficulty for 3.7 miles climbing … Continue reading Perfect and Complete Trail
In the age of Covid-19, we must be adaptable. We wanted to walk in one area in the mountains, but it was closed. We went to Mueller State Park, but there can be no dogs on the trail, so that did not work. We finally drove to a favorite hike – Dome Rock Wildlife Viewing. In my five times … Continue reading Country Walking with Social Distancing
Palmer Park is a 200-acre park in the middle of my city of Colorado Springs. It is popular with mountain bikers, hikers, and dog owners. There are miles of trails and I have hiked here frequently for 22 years. On a busy cloudy weekend, parking was unavailable close to one of my favorite trails, so we drove … Continue reading New Old Paths
My name is Taz, the Schipperke, and I am the reason my people walk so much. My people and I do notice the incredible view and blue sky with the mountains in the distance, but only when I am not distracted. If I am on a mission, they have to watch out for me, and my … Continue reading Yelling! Fear! Come!
I am Taz the Wonderdog! I go with my people to the ‘Open Space’, after the Park visit, which is a big cleared dirt path in our neighborhood area with no sidewalks or homes when we want a long walk. We go together three miles – most of which I am illegally off leash. I have learned … Continue reading Friends, Strangers, Watch it!
In Colorado in the USA, Spring is coming in April. We get teasers of sunshine mixed with five inches of snow within two days. With the statewide lockdown in our homes, the neighborhoods are flooded with families, kids and of course dogs. Our dog Taz, views the lock down very differently. There are two words in our house … Continue reading Walk! Yes! Twirl! Happy!
It was the first hike of 2020 up a mountain and I knew it would be hard. The snow on the trail was a mixture of ice, slush, hard pack and muddy. Life resembles this trail with a mixture of easy, fast, cautious, and not pleasant paths. It changed so quickly from one type of snow to … Continue reading Snowy Path Resembles Life