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Sep 16, 2012 - Fall in the Rockies

September 16, 2012 The summer has ended, and it is definitely fall in Estes Park. Unlike College Station, autumn consists of more than the post oak leaves turning brown and falling off. It is a rite of passage involving the sights and sounds of nature. Predominantly, it is the changing colors of the tree leaves and the rut of the elk. Greg and I are so lucky to be here and to be able to experience these transitions. Three weeks ago we began to notice slight changes in the color of the aspen trees; parts of them were turning slightly yellow....

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Aug 19, 2012 - Day 2: We are still on our way to Nederland, Co.

Continuing west on I 64 then I 70 thru Kansas city and Topeka Kansas. Stop in a rest area for coffee and doughnuts. We finally need to crash so we sleep 2.5 hours in rest area from 2:30 am till 6am. Bill drives and we stop for breakfast at the IHOP in Hays, KS. I have 2x2x2 and Bill has pancakes. We get gas in Victoria KS. Drive by cathedral in Three Planes, an old church. Enter Colorado at 10:10 am. Stop in welcome center. It is a perfect day! Onward to Denver. Bill waits till last minute then we can't find gas station. Exit I 70 Finally...

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Aug 10, 2012 - NO TECHNOLOGY! Ugh!

You know the song by Tim McGraw, "live Like You Were Dying?" One of the lines in the chorus goes like this, "I went skydiving, Rocky Mountain Climbing, 2.7 seconds on a bull named fu man chu....." Well I wanted to fulfill part of that line and do a little Rocky Mountain climbing. So we drove to the Rockies and stayed in the Roosevelt Forest, located at the South east end of the Rockies. I found me a pile of rocks and climbed them. Ok, ok, I cheated but it works for me. We had no technology while there. There were not any hook ups either. 2...

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Aug 6, 2012 - News Flash!!! News Flash!!! Longs Peak Conquered

NEWS FLASH!!! NEWS FLASH!!! LONGS PEAK HAS BEEN CONQUERED BY GREG TAYLOR (AGAIN)!!! August 6, Rocky Mountain National Park . Greg Taylor and company have successfully climbed Longs Peak by the little known Clark's Arrow route. Longs Peak is the highest peak in RMNP, ascending 14,259 feet. Along with a hiking group from the YMCA (as well as an experienced hike master, Tom), Greg and late signee, brother in law, Sam, began their trek at 2am by meeting with others to carpool 45 minutes to the Longs Peak trail head. According to G, the...

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Aug 4, 2012 - Siblings Hike Mt. Ypsilon!!!

SIBLINGS HIKE MT. YPSILON!!! August 4, 2012: Sam and sister, Cathy, have successfully reached the pinnacle of Mt. Ypsilon!!! Located in the Mummy Range, it is known for the snow filled crevices which, from the grounds of the YMCA resort, resemble a Y and a dove. While both had conquered the adjoining peaks of Chapin and Chiquita, this mountain had yet to be hiked. The trail rises 2,494 feet over 4 miles to an elevation of 13,514 feet. Brother Sam picked up C at 6am and after viewing the road to Upper Beaver Meadows in a fog, the driver...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Estes Park fire!

June 23, 2012 Estes Park fire. It began as an unusual Saturday as I was going to attend a morning workshop on meditation at the local Episcopal church. Greg dropped me off and made plans to pick me up at noon. I learned the basics of meditating with the goal of allowing God to control what thoughts and emotions enter your mind during this process. The purpose is not to attach to any particular thoughts but to allow the thoughts to flow like a river through your gray matter. Anyway, to avoid fixating on an image or thought you invoke a...

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Jun 11, 2012 - Spot goes on a hike!

June 11, 2012 Spot goes on a hike. Well, I was tired of not hiking. I am currently working a funny schedule where I go to work at the day camp on Monday’s and Tuesday’s but for only 2 hours from 7:45 to 9:45 then I am there for 8 hours on Thursdays. Plus, I work registration on Sunday nights. Now I really enjoy helping out, but, gosh, gee, this really bites into hiking time. I decided that this state of affairs could not continue so I focused on finding hikes that we could start later but still finish before evening. Then there is Spot. G...

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