Adventuring Out

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‘But it’s so worth it’ really isn’t at times

By Melinda Mawdsley

Colorado is beautiful. I get it. Of all the reasons I moved here more than a decade ago, the scenery and recreational opportunities are numbers 1 through 10. When I post Facebook photo albums from my adventures, my Midwestern friends and ...


Mount Garfield a vigorous and rugged hiking challenge

By Ann Wright

Mount Garfield defeated me twice. The first time was more than a dozen years ago when my dad and I stupidly, stupidly tried to hike it in the middle of summer. Don’t do that. It’s blister hot and dusty. Large rocks do not provide ...


Take a dirt road out of Gateway to Utah ... maybe?

By Rachel Sauer

We may or may not have been in Utah. I told Melinda Mawdsley I would sense a disturbance in The Force if we were, but however many miles down a rocky dirt road and our initial goal of “Let’s go check out the state border!” ...


Hike to Delicate Arch really is worth the hype

By Sarah Rose

Even though I had to repeatedly remove sand and other debris from my eyes, Delicate Arch was worth it. My wind-whipped skin was parched and red by the end of the hike. But I would do it again. And again. Sacrifices sometimes have to be made ...


Get the picture with a tour of Moab-area movie sites

By Melinda Mawdsley

In the final scene of the 1990 film “Thelma and Louise” the protagonists chose certain death, driving their Thunderbird over a towering cliff. Stop. Watch that again. But this time, ignore the characters and look at the scenery. ...


Forget gravity. Inner tubes, snowy slopes await

By Rachel Sauer

Perhaps Jacques Costeau didn’t spend much time on an inner tube. Perhaps he should have. In March 1960, he told Time magazine, “From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has ...


Make time to powder walk Grand Mesa in snowshoes

By Melinda Mawdsley

We called it snow silence. And it was needed. After weeks of the garbage winter inversion of January that polluted the air and masked the sun, fellow features writer Rachel Sauer and I sought refuge from our cabin fever and grumpy ...


Never hiked Serpents Trail? Then your time has come

By Melinda Mawdsley

Colorado National Monument is iconic to Grand Junction, but how often do you take advantage of its proximity to your front door and venture off the paved Rim Rock Drive? The answer, at least for me, is rarely. And so The Daily Sentinel ...

Orvis Hot Springs really is tame. And nekkid!

By Rachel Sauer

Freedom, Kris Kristofferson wrote, is just another word for nothing left to lose. So, I guess I should have taken off my hat. I’m not sure why I was even wearing it. Fear of hat hair? Considering my sartorial situation, I probably had ...

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