The Astro Compass

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Let’s say you’re hiking in the woods, it’s 4pm, and you don’t have a compass or a GPS but want to know which way is north. You could use the analog watch method where you point the hour hand at the sun and bisect the angle between the hour hand and the 12-o’clock mark on the watch to find north and since it’s afternoon you   Continue reading

Scouting for the August Eclipse in . . . Wyoming

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This last weekend I joined some other guys on a scouting trip in Wyoming. A full solar eclipse will be over the US this August and not all that far from Colorado, so they wanted to go and have a look around to see what we might do for accommodations. As it is, all of the hotels and state park campsites are already booked, so the   Continue reading

Ayers Natural Bridge Park, Wyoming

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I took a trip with some friends this last weekend (April 22nd/23rd) up to Wyoming to scout some areas for the upcoming solar eclipse. While there we stopped at Ayres Natural Bridge Park which is northwest of Glendo. You can get there via Interstate Highway 25 (I-25) and exit 151. The park is not very large, but it wasn’t very busy, so it was quite pleasant.

It has a very classic looking natural arch or bridge. La Prele Creek runs right under it and had it been warmer,   Continue reading

Snowshoeing Old Monarch Pass

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Back on December 29th, 2016 (6 weeks ago . . . already!), some family visitors wanted to ski and snowboard at Monarch Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area, but Lisa and I wanted to go snowshoeing instead. So, while they hit the slopes, we drove a little further up the highway towards Monarch Pass to the parking area and   Continue reading

Twin Lakes, Colorado – Kayaking, 2016

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Great paddling conditions at Twin Lakes

Over the August 20-21 weekend we went to kayak a new lake for us, Twin Lakes, Colorado. I’ve driven by the lakes while traveling over Independence Pass, and even around it to the west end so I could backpack into Big Willis Gulch. Jeff brought his pop-up camper with his new truck, while Lisa and I carried his kayak and our tandem on the Avalanche. We had been   Continue reading

Colorado River – Grand Canyon – Rafting (Part 3)

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Camp on the morning after the wind, sand and rain

Day 4, Saturday June 11th, 2016

This is the day of the big rapids. With adequate warning from the guides, the rafters in front were in full rain gear. Right from the beginning we were in big waves. The “practice” from the previous three days made this quite a fun ride because by now we have learned how to handle them. I planned to call out the name of the rapids after turning on the GoPro, but I didn’t always remember or hear the name. I know we began with Hance and continued through Sockdolager, Grapevine and Crystal with   Continue reading