How well do you read maps? Do you know how to navigate without any GPS, Satellite or Internet service? This skill of map reading and navigation was vital in upper Wisconsin. I had forgotten the big atlas and had only a small map of the individual 50 states. The WiFi or Internet service was spotty, our … Continue reading Fear of Maps
Upper Minnesota wilderness gave us the opportunity to kayak and canoe in the Boundary Waters near Canada. Hiking trails were not as easily available as the water – so we switched to upper body exercise for two days. The temperature was in the 80s – perfect for watersports. Another Midwest Hiker Blogger had mentioned the … Continue reading WARNING to WARNING
The Presidential election of 2020 is over. Hopefully. We will survive with battered bruises as a country. The division between rural and urban will be seen in the voting statistics for sure. When we traveled this summer, we stayed in rural areas throughout the states we visited. There was a definite bias in political signs … Continue reading Look for Green
What lessons have I learned from three weeks on American roads? Do not be afraid. We are adaptable to disruption in our lives. We are informed. We traveled over 5000 miles, visited all but one of the Great Lakes, drove through 17 states in 21 days (6 days in New York with family). Hiked in … Continue reading Road Trip Revelations
Road trips are not my favorite way to travel.
We have to transition from training to enjoyment of hiking. I have decided my word for the pandemic is adaptable.
Trees. A short drive north of Colorado Springs is the area called Black Forest. From the air, the trees are so thick the area appears black. But how did it get its name? This hike is called Section 16 in Black Forest. We have other areas called Section 16, so what does this name mean? The Romans first … Continue reading Four Miles of Trees
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!
The foothills of the Canadian Rockies are similar to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies: mountains in the distance, blue skies, cold wind, water flowing in streams and rivers, and flat plains in the distance. After leaving Canmore and heading for Calgary, we headed south to the Kananaskis Valley and ski area. Once again we warned not … Continue reading Hike in Kananaskis
This 3-mile hike Bow River hike started in town and ended in an open field with old abandoned miners equipment and houses in the distance. The field is a favorite place for the elk to access the river and to bed down in relative safety for the night. We saw no wildlife as we headed back … Continue reading Bow River Hike – ELK