The Best Apps for Full-Time Travelers

The digital age has made the full-time nomadic lifestyle possible for those of us who are still in the working stage of our lives. Without our modern mobile devices making a living on the road would be much more difficult. Mobile apps make finding local places to stay, work, eat, and recreational activities easy. Here…

New Zealand Fantail

This is a New Zealand Fantail. These little birds are figuratively part fighter jet. They are known to swoop in on the foothills of hikers and pick bugs out of the air that the hikers kick up as they tramp along the trails. Their large fanned tails allow them to cut on a dime in mid-air….

Aircraft Cross

The Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado is an amazing structure. The architect, Walter Netsch, was a visionary. He undertook creating a facility out of aluminum as it is the construction material for Air Force jets. He also wanted the triangular shape of the structure to reflect the trinity. The 1″ thick stained glass lights…

Pronghorns

We just wrapped up the winter ski season here in Colorado. I prefer taking the lesser traveled Hwy 24 to Breckenridge, rather than the parking lot that is known at Interstate 70. One of the advantages of this route, other than the lower number of cars, is the surreal scenery. Along this route you can…

Arches Juniper

I don’t know what it is about Juniper trees, but I think they are the coolest looking trees out there. They aren’t even close to being the biggest, but they are rugged and look the part. Junipers can seemingly survive in any environment. I have seen them gnarled and twisted, clinging onto wind-swept cliff faces and I’ve…

Tianmen Dragon

This is a relief of the dreaded Tianmen Dragon! …not really. In China there is an amazing place known as Tianmen Shan (Heaven’s Gate Mountain). So named because of the giant “cave” (it’s a hole, but they call it a cave) through the mountain. It is very cool. You can climb to the top of…

Guide to Mesa Verde National Park

I found Mesa Verde National Park, located in the remote southwestern corner of Colorado, to be utterly fascinating, uniquely beautiful and completely FRUSTRATING! It is perhaps the most confusing park in the entire National Park system to figure out how to navigate before you arrive and this confusion can continue throughout your visit. So here is the guide to Mesa…

Peek-a-boo

Today is “Flower Friday” and it’s always difficult to come up with a more interesting post than, “isn’t this flower gorgeous?” Well, I think this particular flower–an Iris–is stunning. The center petals with delicate veins almost look like it’s playing peek-a-boo with you. I’m also intrigued by the shades of violet. Every Iris is unique in…

Ouray’s Box Canyon in Colorado

Like so many other Colorado mountain towns, the town of Ouray, Colorado was established as a mining town. It is here in the hidden gem known as Ouray’s Box Canyon that the mine was located. You can see some of the mine’s equipment located near the canyon’s opening in the image on the right. The…

Monument in the Sky

This is Monument Rock for which the town of Monument, Colorado derives its name. There are many trails in and around the rock formation, but the main hiking trail is known as Monument Loop and is a fairly easy 2.5-mile stroll. The trail is located in the area of the Pike National Forest known as the Monument…

Timberline Falls

High in Rocky Mountain National Park lies the beautiful alpine Lake of Glass. Just before you arrive at the lake you have to scramble your way up the edge of Timberline Falls. So named because of the 100′ waterfall that sits near the mountain’s tree line. After the Icy Brook Creek leaves the Lake of Glass it…