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North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder April 8th 2022

We had a beautiful drive across the mountains from Taos to Raton (I love the name of this means "mouse" in both Spanish and French). It was chilly in the morning, but the dryness made it seem much warmer than 27 degrees when I went for a run before we left. Taos is at 7,000 feet and we climbed another 2000 feet over Palo Flechado Pass before heading down to the midwest plains on the eastside of the Rockies. I stopped to wade in Taos Creek along the shallow to dip all the way in.. We took a side trip into Raton to visit the history museum many artifacts to see and there was a very knowledgeable docent on duty. After Raton, the scenery was mostly monotonous: flat with dry scrub. The snow ... read more
An ancient volcanic plug
A fire across from our hotel in Taos the morning we left
Wading in Taos Creek

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder June 16th 2020

I wrote this in 2016, but the rules are pretty much the same for you Road Warriors. Well, first I do not believe in rules for my travel, I have my own set of rules. But for any of you who have set out the cross this great land of ours, I am sure you were inundated with advice. My only advice is to stop where I have enjoyed a stop, like a landmark, meal, or point of interest. What better time to go than now? While some are good, Yahoo has their own rules: 1. Never say No to a full tank of gas (NEVER!) This is very important, but I also say, "never pass a toilet without using it" comes in very ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder September 6th 2017

From a similar trip in 2011: Perhaps one of the most unique and enjoyable small college towns is Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, and numerous athletes in training. I have had the good fortune to visit and stay many times in the past, primarily for business, but also for après ski and to play tennis. It ranks up there with many of the cutest little college towns, and perhaps the most charming in the western United States. A bonus is the famous Pearl Street Mall, a magnet for students, shoppers, runners, cyclists, people watchers, and street performers. Outside Magazine rated Boulder the number one sports town in America. I would rank it almost as high as Queenstown, New Zealand. With the Rocky Mountains as a backyard, Boulder offers hiking, cycling, and climbing, along with ... read more
Pearl Street Mall
The great outdoors
Morning on the mall

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder September 1st 2017

Hey everyone, It’s official! I will be leaving for South Korea next Tuesday, and after 22 hours of traveling (about 16.5 of which will be spent actually sitting on airplanes), I will arrive in Seoul on Thursday. Wow that’s a lot of travel time, considering I only flew back from China two weeks ago. Guess I’m trying to challenge Mom in the “most time spent on a plane” category. It feels seriously crazy that this is actually happening, though. I feel like I’ve been trying to keep this more between family and friends for so long, worried that it wouldn’t actually happen that it feels weird talking about it here and on Facebook. To be honest, for a while there I was pretty certain it wouldn’t pan out, and I wouldn’t be offered a job at ... read more
Remembering my last trip to South Korea
Looking forward to the coming year

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder January 18th 2017

Early tomorrow morning I return to the East Coast, leaving the majesty of the Rockies behind no less than four straight days without getting into a car to go anywhere. The days spent here have not been a vacation, but they have been rejuvenating and inspirational. There is first and foremost time spent surrounded by people who've chosen to dedicate a good part of their lives to consciously seeking out ways to bring joy, understanding, insight, and hope into the world. They put their various talents, experiences, values, and passions to this effort. Some are artist-rabbis, musician-educators, poets, cantor-song-writers, liturgists, story-tellers, community builders, spiritual directors...There's a judge who spent six years after work studying and now continues to be a judge while helping to co-lead a small congregation. Self-worth is not tied up with how much ... read more
Let's Sing Together!
Let's Dance Together!
Evening Music Jamming

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder January 15th 2017

An unanticipated event in the Shabbat morning service took place here in the Omni Hotel ballroom where about two hundred of us gathered to pray, sing, dance, and celebrate the Sabbath together. After we completed the Torah reading - the stirring closing passages from the book of Genesis describing the death of Joseph and his final requests to his children - we waited for the haftarah, the section from the Prophets, to be chanted. Under normal circumstances, it would be passages from the Book of Kings, detailing the transition of royal power from King David to his son Solomon. Yet we are not in "normal circumstances" right now in our society. Instead, the reader shifted the focus from royalty to justice. All of the biblical prophets struggle with speaking truth to power, with exhorting the Jewish ... read more
The Rocky Mountains

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder February 8th 2016

Hi everyone! So I have just under a week before I return to China, and as such, have posted my first blog through the IES Abroad website. For anyone who doesn't know, I will be writing for IES this coming semester, and part of their rules are that I am not allowed to post the same thing on their website as I post here (which is what I did last semester, when I was writing blogs for Alliance for Global Education). As such, I will be posting the link for the blogs here, because I don't think there is any way to subscribe to my blog specifically on the IES webpage. So without further ado, here is the link for my predeparture blog post: Hope everyone is well, and until next time (which will be ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder January 20th 2016

Hey everyone! So this is a little overdue, but I am officially home! Yay! After being away from home for so long, I will be spending the next month here, just relaxing and hanging out. (I also see a lot of cooking in my future, as all of my friends are either still abroad or have already gone back to school, so I will need something to keep me entertained while everyone is off doing their thing.) Anyways, since I don't foresee anything out of the ordinary occurring while I am home, I will be taking a break from the blogging until it is time to go back. Speaking of which, next semester I will be blogging for IES (the program I will be participating in), and one of their rules states that I cannot post ... read more
Claw game prize - we were VERY excited
Takeshita Street, Harajuku

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder June 29th 2015

I needed a workday. I’d been playing for a week straight, and I needed to get some “real world” stuff done. My friend Mer works near Boulder and suggested that I follow her out on her way to work. There was a beautiful 6.5-mile hike in Eldorado Springs that she thought I’d like; then I could drive into Boulder and get some stuff done. We drove down Colorado State Highway 93, which follows the geographical line of where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Looking west, golden-green fields of grass danced gently with the wind. Looking east, the conglomerate sandstone outcrops of the Flatirons jutted imposingly into the sky. While Mer turned right, she signaled for me to turn left towards Eldorado Springs. I parked at the Doudy Draw trailhead and hiked out into a ... read more
Devil's Thumb, Flatirons
Prickly Poppy + Bee
Snack Time

North America » United States » Colorado » Boulder March 30th 2015

Our trip is coming to a close soon, and we have mixed feelings. We are ready to be home and have all of the comforts that we have missed, but we know that once we pull into mom and dad's driveway, we must give up the mountains, and the rivers, and the giant forests... We are happy to trade all of this for being at home with a loving family, a comfortable bed, and warm meals. Thankfully we have memories and photos that we will be able to reflect on when we long for the natural beauty that the west so graciously provides. We've seen a lot of beauty since our last post, almost too much for words. Please enjoy the photos - hopefully they will convey what we cannot.... read more
Train in Nevada
Chimney Rock
The Castle

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