Devastation. Seven years have passed since fire destroyed Black Forest Regional Park north of Colorado Springs in 2013. We came here to become engaged in a little outbuilding I loved. The shack was miraculously not destroyed in the fire, and has been renewed by an Eagle Scout. It is still a special place to us. The burned out … Continue reading Renewal Takes Time
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
Palmer Park is a favorite of people in Colorado Springs because of the off leash dog park, vistas, horse trails, rock climbing, and available access. With 27 miles of trails at 6,338 to 6,597 feet above sea level, there are easy, intermediate, hard, short (0.7 mile) and long (3.8 miles) trails to explore. (alltrails.com/parks/us/Colorado/palmer-park) But what … Continue reading Falling into Change
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!
My name is Taz, for ‘Tasmanian Devil’ and I am an active eleven-year-old handsome cream Schipperke. People talk to me and tell me I am handsome, but they do not know what kind of dog I am. Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks – I learned to sit on command last year … Continue reading Sniff, Smell, Sniff, Smell
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!
The Pikes Peak Greenway trail meanders up and down hills from the Edmondson Trailhead on Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs, north to the Air Force Academy. Beautiful homes are hidden along Monument Creek or in bluffs above the train tracks on the Pikes Peak Greenway trail. One home even had hoodoos in their backyard decoration. We … Continue reading Hailing Rattlesnakes
A trip to a favorite park is always uplifting for my spirit. We returned to Red Rocks Canyon Park in Colorado Springs in early March 2020, and started up Hogback Valley on a Friday morning. We knew there would be few people, but there was a new sign: Trail is MUDDY. Walk through the Mud. Do not … Continue reading Stand Firm in Mud
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
Calgary sits on the plains of Alberta, Canada at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River. It is the third largest city in Canada and is best known for the Calgary Stampede and Rodeo and for hosting the Winter Olympics in 1988. “God will provide rain for the seeds you sow. The grain … Continue reading Cal-Gary Canada
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
The Bow River in Canada has a total length of 587 km (365 mi) and flows from the Canadian Rockies through the town of Lake Louise down to Banff, and the less famous town of Canmore. We walked along the Bow River on wonderfully paved and unpaved path that led us away from town. We had been warned … Continue reading Bow River Hike #1
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
But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness. He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; Isaiah 78:52-53 NIV When you see wildlife on or near the road, what do you do? The 1A, Bow Valley Parkway, is a back road between Banff and Canmore, Canada that … Continue reading Wild Beasts are the Best
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
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
Do you know this cemetery exists? I found it searching for cemeteries near Rome. Italian Cypress, Roman Umbrella pines and hedges outline the area. There are 7,861 American graves in ten sections covering 77 acres in Anzio/Nettuno south of Rome on the coast. It was founded two days after the Anzio landing on January 24, … Continue reading Sicily/Rome American Cemetery
Spoleto, in Roman times, held a strategic geographical position. In 774, it became part of the Holy Roman Empire. The Roman ruins include a Roman theater, Roman arches and a part of the Roman road. The Duomo was begun in 1100s and has an unusual feature of eight Rosettes. The mosaic floors were a delight. You have to … Continue reading Guide Paulo in Spoleto
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) The farm is a working farm and is available for dining tourists and … Continue reading AGRITOURISM – Truffle Farm
“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
What do you believe in? How do you protect the earth and its creatures? Who was St. Francis of Assisi? St. Francis of Assisi is known to be the patron saint of animals, but he is so much more. He restored the life of the priests to be more Christ like after he had a vision in … Continue reading Who is St. Francis of Assisi?
A protest against cutting ancient trees demonstrated by these stumps deposited in the Assisi main square. Our tour group gathered together for the walk down, down, down through Assisi from the Center Square to St. Francis’ Basilica. An African Franciscan monk was our guide in English. The Basilica is two churches built on top of … Continue reading St. Francis Assisi Basilica
The St. Francis Hermitage on Mt. Sabatio houses five monks who live there year around. There is art and sculptures in the monastery, and an outdoor ancient altar on a wooded path around the mountain. The Hermitage had narrow small short openings for doors to help keep it warm in the winter. There was one dining area … Continue reading Impact of St. Frances of Assisi
“Italians make fun of everything – the Pope, business, family, and traffic. But never, never poke fun at food or soccer. That is sacred,” says Matteo, our guide from Collepino to Spello, Matteo kept us entertained with his take on Italian politics and life. “At least the professional crooks were smart when they ran the government. We … Continue reading Spello with Difficulty
Gold. Flecks of light. Valuable. Fleeting. Reflection of value. Mining minerals in the mountains of Colorado occurred throughout the 1800’s. The miners brought their heritages with them and named the town Como, after Lake Como in Italy. But there is only a small lake. “Make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.” Exodus 30:15 NIV I have … Continue reading Gold in Mountains
Along the Taylor River Valley near Almont are multiple hikes, IF you can find the trailheads. Each of the campgrounds has a hike and a parking area. The hike we choose was Doctor’s Meadow or Park. This is a popular mountain bike trail so be careful and pay attention to bikes on corners. We began the climb at … Continue reading Turn Around
“Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.” Ezekiel 37:13 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice.” John 5:28 Tincup Cemetery is less than a mile out of town. I love visiting cemeteries … Continue reading Tincup Cemetery
“Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high?” Job 39:27 Tincup, Colorado is a whimsical name for a small mountainous town in the middle of nowhere. Crossing Cottonwood Pass and picnicking at Taylor Reservoir provided us with the coolness of a high pass and the sighting of my first Bald Eagle in Colorado. … Continue reading What is Tincup?
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalms 42:7 NIV At the Judd Falls sign, the roar of August snowmelt reached our ears. It was an unusual winter in 2019 with lingering snowmelt. The first view of the Falls was breathtaking and reminded me of … Continue reading Water Judd Falls
“Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills.” Genesis 49:26 NIV Crested Butte, Colorado sits in a valley of magnificent mountains. We drove north through Mt. Crested Butte until the road turned to dirt in search of “one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado.” We … Continue reading GOTHIC MOUNTAINS
Then she totally surprised me. A total stranger invited me to their house, and I accepted.
Psalms 91:12 “They Angels will bear you up in their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” (NAS) Miracles occur even on trails where you least expect it. I was hiking in Switzerland with my friend on a trail that passed through wooded areas and into stunning clearings. He was ahead of me … Continue reading Angel Protection
II Samuel 22:2-3 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock in who I take refuge.” (NAS) I spent a weekend at L’Abri in Switzerland when I was dealing with the realization that I would not have children. That loss took me to a small village and a … Continue reading L’Abri
“Adonijah and his retinue of guests were just finishing their “coronation” feast when they heard it. When Joab heard the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet he said, “What’s going on here? What’s all this uproar?”” I Kings 1:41 The Message I miss the sound of cars. During this time of staying home, I notice the … Continue reading Hiking in Corona Time