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Jul 1, 2019 - This Land is Your Land........

This Land is MY Land! That song popped into my head yesterday while I was hiking in “my” backyard on the Turrett Trail in Browns Canyon National Monument. And I couldn't shake it out, because for the first time I really noticed how many signs there were nearby, all shouting “Mine! Mine! Mine!” like the seagulls in the movie “Finding Nemo”.* I also noticed that many more people were on “my” river and “my” trails, including a half-naked dude who was apparently unaware of how close he was to the trail. I think he must have been one of the...

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May 28, 2019 - What's In a Name?

What's In a Name? Since moving up to Chaffee (CHAY-fee, not CHAFF-ee) County, named after Colorado's first US Senator, I have discovered there's a whole different way of talking in this neck of the woods. I live in the small town of Nathrop which is pronounced “NAY-thrip”. The town is named after Charles Nachtrieb who owned the town site, but apparently no one knew how to pronounce his name, so they just did the best they could. Eight miles north of me lies the cool, friendly and beautiful town of Buena Vista. As you probably know it means...

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Apr 24, 2019 - Permanent Vacation

April 24, 2019 Permanent Vacation That's what my life feels like, anyway. So now that my roof is no longer leaking (hopefully) and the temperatures are warming up, it is time to start enjoying this beautiful place I live known as Colorado. The last two mornings I have taken my next-door dog, Hombre, for his morning hike in Browns Canyon National Monument which is about 500 feet away. Actually it could be 5,000 feet because I have no skill when it comes to estimating length, which would be a very good thing if I were dating. All I know is,...

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Oct 1, 2018 - On the Move

On the move, in more ways than one. In early July I was taking a break from keeping my house clean (selling is a pain in the butt), just killing time Googling campgrounds in the Buena Vista area in anticipation of next summer, when up popped a place called Chateau Chaparral. Hmmmmm, right on the Arkansas River. Wow, a private footbridge that leads into Browns Canyon National Monument with beautiful trails. Whoa, you actually can own the lot! I had to check this out. Long story short, on August 8 I became the proud owner of a 328 square foot...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

We visited a “Wowser” vacation destination today. If we were still working and taking two week vacations each year, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort would be one of my favorite spots to visit. We found it by luck, we were on our way to a wildlife area when we spotted it. It has several hot spring pools as well as a river running right between the pools. They have cabin rentals and many overnight options. It is surrounded by incredible mountains and one of the prettiest places we have visited. It is located in Nathrop, Colorado between the...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Nathrop

As we mentioned in the previous entry, a low fog bank was hanging over us as we departed Creede about 9:30 am on Friday, the 6th of July. We came out from under it as we were going through Wagon Wheel Gap. Our ultimate destination was the Cripple Creek KOA in Cripple Creek which is 287 miles from Creede going by way of Alamosa. We planned an enroute stop in Alamosa to resupply and purchase fuel. And, we also planned to shorten the days travel with an overnight stop in the Chalk Creek RV Park at Nathrop, a distance of 163 miles, leaving 84...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

We are now wending our way to the southwestern corner of Colorado, picking up as many hot springs along the way as well as enjoying the fantastic mountain scenery that seems to be everywhere you look in Colorado. We stayed at a nice campsite in Nathrop, Colorado, located on the Chalk Creek. The sites were great with the sound of rushing water as the river is swollen with runoff from snow melting in the mountains above. This stop was for the purpose of soaking in the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs at the base of Mt. Princeton along the Chalk...

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