Rocky Mountain National Park: Too Popular For Its Own Good

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We can’t count the number of times we have visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, We’ve driven the park’s roads (especially Trail Ridge Road—the highest paved road in the country), explored the visitor centers, stopped at the designated overlooks, walked a number of the trails and read the interpretive signs. Unfortunately, too many other people [Read more …]

Vail Colorado

Slackline demonsration

Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]

Aspen Colorado

Hotel Jerome

Aspen Colorado is a place we continually return to. We love the small town and, especially the hiking in the area. We were last there in 2014 and decided that it was time to return. Aspen was originally a mining town. The Federal government repealed a law in 1893 that had required the government to [Read more …]

Fort Collins Colorado

Old Town Fort Collins

Fort Collins Colorado was created as a 19th-century army base. Today it is a 170,000-person city that is now home to Colorado State University, a major Anheuser-Busch brewery and a growing number of technology research facilities, It is also known for the region’s best white water rafting (through the scenic Cache La Poudre River gorge), [Read more …]

Three Smaller Colorado Places to Visit

Leadville Silver Dollar Salon

During our recent trip to Colorado, we made stops in 3 smaller cities/towns as we made our way to the Rocky Mountains. Leadville Colorado Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the United States and is surrounded by high mountains. It was founded during the 1860 Gold Rush that attracted more than 5,000 miners who found [Read more …]

Lariat Loop and Red Rocks

Bear Creek Canyon (7)

Lariat Loop is a national scenic byway in the foothills west of Denver. We only drove a portion of the 40 mile scenic loop going from Denver up though Lookout Mountain, through Bear Creek Canyon and to the beautiful and Red Rocks Amphitheater. Bear Creek Canyon Bear Creek Canyon is known primarily for the source [Read more …]

Denver Colorado 2021

Capital Hill Mansion B&B

Denver Colorado is the main place to fly into from San Francisco if you are heading to the Colorado mountains. In June 2021, we managed to hit the city during one of its hot spells, with temperatures around 100. Having only a single afternoon in the central city area didn’t give us a lot of [Read more …]

Napa California Restaurants

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Napa is so close to San Francisco that we frequently take day or several-day trips to the area. This is a summary of our restaurant reviews throughout the years. Some places we loved on our first visits but second visits turned us off from them. Others are new. Torc We first ate at Torc in [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula

Outdoor sculptures admidst beautiful landscaping at Hawthorn Gallery

The Monterey Peninsula is under a 2-hour car trip south from San Francisco. The area has a wide range of things to do in addition to just taking in the beautiful views. You can: Kayaking in the Bay; Horseback riding through Pebble Beach; Visited the incredible Monterey Aquarium; Walk or bike Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, [Read more …]

Santa Barbara California

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Santa Barbara is a lovely, historic city on California’s Central Coast region. It has a growing number of interesting boutique wineries/tasting rooms in the “Funk District” and tasting rooms of some of our favorites Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley wineries. That is more than enough incentive to return to one of our favorite [Read more …]