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Away from the Grind

Break “away from the grind”, on the trail, into the wild. Our site contains info and photos to invite you to wander into some of the wonders of the American West.

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Rocky Mountain National Park: Centennial Celebration

Rocky turned 100 on January 26th. Rocky being Rocky Mountain National Park.   1915 was the year President Woodrow Wilson signed on, making it the nation’s 9th.National Park.   The official dedication ceremony was held on September 4, 1915.  So think of this year’s spring and summer as one long birthday celebration for Rocky. How can you best join [...]

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El Morro National Monument

First trivia question:  “What is the nation’s first national monument?”  You’ve got it.  Devils Tower.  A matter of Wyoming pride, it adorns our license plates.  President Teddy Roosevelt made that declaration on September 24, 1906. So what is the nation’s second national monument?   Tough one, isn’t it? Hint:  Also a big rock, but sandstone.  And in a [...]

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The Medicine Bow One Hundred

 The One Hundred Mile Backpack Route through the Medicine Bow National Forest of Wyoming Cheyenne backpacker Shan Holyoak likes a long trail. One hundred miles at least. Six times he has hiked the Centennial Trail, 111 miles through the Black Hills, as a spring get-in-shape warm-up for bigger things. Those things include the Superior Hiking [...]

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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

A spring excursion for everyone (well, almost everyone) at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Waking from your long winter’s sleep? Want to chase down a taste of spring? Try out Bobcat Ridge, one of Fort Collins’ Natural Areas. With 16 miles of trails this foothills area has something for everyone. And I mean everyone. Almost. There are the [...]

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Backpacking 101

Would you like to try backpacking? Wild, the best-selling memoir and movie starring Reese Witherspoon, has put many people in a backpacker’s boots–in imagination.  But are you wondering “Could I do that? Would I want to do that?” For some there is an emphatic “No way! What was I thinking for that nano-second?!” But if [...]

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The Everglades: Beauty that Whispers

What is a Rocky Mountain backpacker doing in the Everglades? Well, it’s cold out here in Wyoming. Work took me to Florida. And I had that familiar yearning to get out, out far, far away, where I could breathe, really breathe. Could I find it in Florida? So there are the Everglades, the third largest National [...]