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Perfect and Complete Trail

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

Deserted Land: Rails to Trails

Go back in time.  People in America are moving westward to explore and settle and find their fortunes.  They use trains to navigate across country.  It is the middle 1800s to the mid 1900s.  There are few roads across America and fewer cars, and passenger travel was still a viable option.  Then the world changed.  The Freight lines replaced the passenger Continue reading Deserted Land: Rails to Trails

Hike in Kananaskis

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

Canada, Hey??!! Part Two

Bunnies:  There are bunnies everywhere, especially black ones.  They have no fear of people and can be seen downtown, on side streets and grassy fields.  There was a local movement to kill the overpopulating bunnies because they have no natural predators.  The people of Canmore took the bunnies into their homes until the purge stopped and then let them Continue reading Canada, Hey??!! Part Two

Turquoise Water

            There are magical places where natural beauty is unlike anywhere else you have seen.  Lake Louise in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is one of those places.  Visiting in mid-October gave us a chance to hike the lakeshore with only 100 hundred people instead of the thousands who visit in here in the summer.              The snow Continue reading Turquoise Water

Pompeii – No Words are Adequate

Everyone knows of it.  It is ubiquitous for volcanic eruptions in the world.  Everyone has heard of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, covering Pompeii with 19 feet (6 meters) of flowing ash, burying everyone and everything in AD 79. It was not truly searched until it was archeologically explored in early 1800s.   The sheer size of the Continue reading Pompeii – No Words are Adequate

AGRITOURISM – Truffle Farm

The ridge between northern and southern Umbrian forests grows the magical black truffles famous in many Italian dishes.   On our hike to the ‘ecotourism’ Bartoli Farm, it begins to rain as fog rolls in and covers the mountains with mist. ( Patrico sul Monteluco,  agriturismobartoli@yahoo.it) The farm is a working farm and is available for dining tourists and Continue reading AGRITOURISM – Truffle Farm

Sacred Woods of Spoleto

“Andiamo, Let’s Go!”  Heading toward Spoleto, there is a mountain road that leads to “sacred woods”.  Old growth forest rewards you after many harrowing hairpin curves in a tour bus.  It is quiet.  Moss is growing on trees and the paths have wooden cross fences. It is raining lightly. Our guide was from Spoleto and has memories of Continue reading Sacred Woods of Spoleto