Adventuring Out

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Strap on some nerve and enjoy sliding down Colorado’s slopes

By Rachel Sauer

I thought maybe my teapot was broken. How else to explain why I kept falling down? “Think about the song,” advised Adam Goeden, who’d taken on the Sisyphean task of teaching me how to snowboard. He put his arms in handle and ...

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Powderhorn lessons

By Melinda Mawdsley

Rachel Sauer takes snowboarding lessons as the final Adventuring Out adventure.  ...


Duck, duck, eagle! Open up a morning for birdwatching

By Staff

Have you ever heard that expression “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must be a duck?” Well, it’s not true. It’s also not true that all ducks are mallards. These little ...


Petroglyphs along a trail or obscure road are ultimate history tour

By Rachel Sauer

The herd loped in a graceful circle, the sun shining brilliant overhead. They raced across the sandstone grit of rock faces and that’s where they stayed — frozen in eternal motion. How long since they’d passed that way? How ...


We saw six moose! Oh, and the gorgeous Maroon Bells

By Melinda Mawdsley

Rachel Sauer turned her head, mouth agape, her thumbs on either side of her head and her fingers spread wide: our mutually agreed-upon moose signal. Yes, we had a mutually agreed-upon moose signal. Rachel, my fellow features writer, directed ...


We’re on which trail? Fall hiking accommodates a few extra miles

By Rachel Sauer

The problem with living in western Colorado, as I see it, is the guilt. It would be one thing if outside could stop being beautiful for even two seconds, but it belligerently refuses. So, I’m never not aware that outside is beautiful ...

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Maroon Bells moose

By Melinda Mawdsley

Adventuring Out series takes Melinda and Rachel to the Maroon Bells, where they saw moose.  ...


Drink in wine country while biking Palisade

By Staff

After Parker Carlson let me fork merlot grapes into the crusher, I asked if other visitors were given the same honor to be part of the winemaking process. Not often, Carlson said. “Why me?” I asked the longtime owner and ...

Sweat away your worries in the vapor caves. It’s oddly refreshing

By Rachel Sauer

The line between sweating and hallucinating, it turns out, is very fine indeed. I don’t think I crossed it, but I was thinking a lot about Dante: “Into the eternal darkness, into fire and into ice.” Except there ...


Amaze your eyes, mind with walk through historic Fairy Caves

By Ann Wright

We hadn’t been in the Fairy Caves 10 minutes when Melinda Mawdsley turned to me and enthusiastically whispered, “I feel like I’m on an episode of ‘Planet Earth’!”   Features writers Melinda, Rachel ...

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