Adventuring Out

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Looking for a desert oasis? See Highline Lake State Park

By Rachel Sauer

Suggesting that we try the handstands again, but sideways and with our legs kicked out in a sporty V, may have been a bridge too far. With my fingers I demonstrated what I was envisioning and I got the ol’ suspicious side-eye in ...


Jump on your bike for an easy pedal down Colorado Riverfront Trail

By Melinda Mawdsley

More than an hour into the features department’s most recent Adventuring Out experience cycling the Colorado Riverfront Trail, features editor Ann Wright and I had the following exchange. Ann: “How much of the Riverfront Trail ...


Camping can be fun (but not for everyone)

By Melinda Mawdsley

At various points in the making of our Adventuring Out series about area iconic experiences and sites, fellow features writer Rachel Sauer and myself have ended up in several unfortunate, potentially dangerous situations. But no situation has ...


Blooms away!

By Rachel Sauer

Once we were on top of Grand Mesa and sliding out of the Honda for the first of many stops, we were greeted by a low, steady drone: ZZzzzzZzzZzzzZZ. What was it? I glanced up, expecting an airplane, but saw only a cottony tumble of ...


Paddling the Colorado River provides unique view of red rock, mountaintops

By Melinda Mawdsley

It was the best turkey sandwich of my life. Even fellow features writer Rachel Sauer noted that her homemade Nutella and peanut butter sandwich was better than normal. In terms of who, or what, deserved credit for our overly enthusiastic view ...


Go paleo and dig for dinosaur bones at area quarry

By Rachel Sauer

The evening before Melinda Mawdsley and I dug for dinosaur bones, I mentioned the exciting news to a friend. Granted, my friend is not a 7-year-old boy, so this might not have been as receptive an audience as I’d want, but still: Me: ...

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Whitewater Rafting

By Melinda Mawdsley

Rachel Sauer and Melinda Mawdsley went whitewater rafting June 6 on the Colorado River northeast of Moab, Utah, as part of their Adventuring Out series.  ...


Look deep into Black Canyon’s magnificence (and check the weather)

By Melinda Mawdsley

I had no idea what to expect at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, but it’s fair to say I didn’t envision having to run three-quarters of a mile in a hailstorm to avoid being struck by lightning. I want to blame fellow ...


Leave intimidation behind and enjoy the rugged thrill of mountain biking

By Rachel Sauer

Ever since that Columbia-brand Blue Angel bicycle — the one with a cloud-motif banana seat — that my parents bought for me when I was 6, I’ve loved riding my bike. The freedom of heading out in any direction on a bike is one ...

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Adventuring Out Mountain Bike

By Robert Garcia

The “Adventuring Out” crew tried mountain biking at Rustler’s Loop.  ...

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