Category Archives: Travel Narrative

Left looking for more at Garden of the Gods

Don’t get me wrong. Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is lovely with sandstone “hogbacks,” ridges of stone that has been tilted from a horizontal layer to a vertical layer and then sticks up from the ground. It is … Continue reading

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An ode to my favorite ice creams

I love ice cream. It is one of the few foods I am always willing to eat, and it is always a food I compare to all prior ice cream cones and sundaes I have consumed. I have a favorite … Continue reading

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The view from one man’s dream: Bishop Castle

There’s a man in Colorado building his own castle, a work in progress since 1969.I do not know what skills someone would need to build a castle; all I know is that I do not have them. Joe Bishop does. … Continue reading

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My first night on sand and under stars

After spending the day hiking the sand dunes of Colorado, which I wrote about on Friday, I had to decide if I could make a second hike, this time to backcountry camp on the dunes. After not making it as … Continue reading

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A day hiking the sand dunes of Colorado

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is home to quite a bit of sand – more sand than I could have imagined, really. I had seen pictures, read an article or two, and checked out guidebooks and the National … Continue reading

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Climbing my first sand dunes

Before Memorial Day weekend, I was a novice when it came to sand dunes. I had seen the towering dunes along the Pacific coast of Oregon from Highway 101 when Jon and I drove the Pacific Coast Highway back in … Continue reading

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Searching for a shower

Cleanliness is very important to me. I would say it is entirely necessary, especially living in the United States. I think looking clean and put together is necessary for going out in public. Dressing up, when the occasion calls for … Continue reading

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Visiting Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby

A weekend trip to Louisville last year wasn’t going to be complete without stopping at Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. This year’s Derby is tomorrow, the 137th running, on the first Saturday in May. If you want … Continue reading

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Visiting the Valley of Fire

After visiting the Hoover Dam for free, Jon and I were excited to head out to Valley of Fire State Park, northeast of Las Vegas between Interstate 15 and Lake Mead. We took the scenic route to get there, with … Continue reading

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Hanging out at the Hoover Dam for free

The Hoover Dam is one of those iconic, American sights I didn’t want to miss on a trip to Las Vegas. The art deco decorations, the bright blue waters of Lake Mead, the tons of concrete (concrete was delivered in specially … Continue reading

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