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My Colorado adventure/vacation

Mountain range beside Frisco, CO
Mountain range beside Frisco, CO

So we headed off to Colorado for some fun in the snow on our holiday.  Honestly I have been missing snow just a bit since leaving Ohio 10 years ago and decided it was time to see it again.  On this trip I was going to try something new  and ski.  I had never tried to ski before in my life, and I was certain I would break a leg or hit a tree.  But now that I am safely at home I can say I am all in one piece, or as close as I was before going.

During the week we went skiing downhill 3 times (once at night), nordic (cross country) skiing once, tubing once, and snow shoeing twice.  Phew, that sounds like a very busy week.  Actually it didn’t seem that busy at the time.  I really enjoyed every new adventure, and am already looking forward to the next trip for more skiing even though I am not a fan of cold weather.  Fortunately we stayed so active I did not even notice the cold weather until it was time to return home.

Also on this trip I had the pleasure of meeting Jill Parker in person, and found her to be every bit as fun and genuine as she is on her blog.  Jill and I met on the Loop at Runer’s World when we were both writing there.  She came to Frisco with her son for a few hours of snowshoeing followed by lunch.

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Smoky Mountain Hiking Trip (pics)

OK, I know this is my final taper week prior to the Space Coast Marathon and all, but it was also a 4 day weekend due to Thanksgiving.  So when my wife said we should do something special over the long weekend I was all for it. However, I did not think we would have such a strenuous get away. (3 hikes totalling 12.41 miles with 1,300 feet of climb each, at a 20:50 pace)

NOTE: Honestly it is not my wife’s fault. She just said we should go do something, and it was my idea to do the Smoky Mountains. I really enjoy hiking, and love getting out there with nature. So off we went.

This was a great trip, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get away. I was also surprised at how inexpensive it is to take trips like this.

Oh, and I managed to leave the Nikon at home.  So all of these images were taken with my Android phone. It worked great, though not as crisp as the Nikon would have gotten.

Hope you enjoyed the pics.

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Grand Canyon Trip (pics)

Well, now it is back to the “real” world…or perhaps I was in the “real” world when I went to the Grand Canyon, and now I am back to society which is not really so “real” after all.  Nature on the scale of the Grand Canyon has a way of making you wonder about things like that.  There is nothing like nature to relax and rejuvenate the body and soul.  I truly feel relaxed now.

Here are a few pictures from the trip.  I will be posting more later at Facebook or on Flickr.

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