Drive Up Cottonwood Pass and Family Days in Evergreen

We only had a day and a half to get from our Habitat build in Cortez to Tom’s niece’s house in Evergreen but we made the most of it, leaving early from the… Continue reading

Cortez Days and a Weekend in San Juan National Forest

It wasn’t just our awesome experience building with Montezuma County Habitat that made our 2 weeks in Cortez so pleasant, it was also the relaxing pace of the area and the proximity to… Continue reading

Montezuma County Habitat for Humanity

From Utah our destination was Cortez, Colorado where we were signed up to build for 2 weeks with Montezuma County Habitat for Humanity. As the only two RV Care-a-vanners that signed up for… Continue reading

Water and Fire

On our last day in Utah we decided to do something a little different: rather than do a single hike we opted to do a short, new-to-some-of-us trail followed by a backcountry drive… Continue reading

The Third Time Isn’t Always the Charm

I first hiked the Skyline Trail in the Fishlake Mountains in September 2015 and after realizing that 16.6 miles at this elevation with drive time and photo stops was not a one day… Continue reading

“Backyard” Explorations

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time I’m sure you’re probably tired of me professing my love for Utah: the dramatic red rock formations, the high country meadows, the… Continue reading

Reluctant Companions: The Hike up Blowhard Mountain

So I’m willing to admit that my choice of hikes are sometimes unpopular with my companions (read: Tom, but in this case, Terry as well). And I’m also willing to admit that my… Continue reading

Alternatives to Hiking: An Afternoon at Navajo Lake

I don’t remember how Tom, Terry, and I concluded we’d hike around Navajo Lake – Terry and I had hiked the complete loop in early fall 2015 and enjoyed it – but it… Continue reading

Hancock Peak? But Maybe Just a Nice Place to Look at Aspen.

Hancock Peak, a volcanic cinder cone whose prominence rises 500 feet above the high meadows of the Markagunt Plateau, has been on my to-do hiking list for quite some time. In fact I… Continue reading

The Best of Utah High Country

The week we spent in the Sawtooths felt all too short and as the time approached for us to leave I think we both felt the tug to stay and spend more time… Continue reading