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North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 12th 2019

Today was our last day at Stub Creek and it is going to be sad leaving. When I first arrived here at 18 it was the beginning of my life the whole world was in front of me. Now at 71 I have finally returned and most of my life is now behind me. Not that it is over, there is still a lot ahead for me. I just never realized that Stub Creek was such a milestone for me in my life. It marked the point in my life were I was really making my own way with no turning back. From that point on I was ready to carve my own way. Returning here and remembering those first days was an awakening for me and best of all I was able to share it ... read more
The Bull Moose.
Again the Bull Moose
Female Moose on Long Draw Road.

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 11th 2019

This morning we awoke to a cloudy almost stormy morning. My usual morning coffee on the porch was anything but usual. The squirrel and the chipmunks were very subdued, but the birds took over for the entertainment. The starlings were all over and joined by three robins scurrying around the ground looking for worms I think. Our usual hummingbird was joined by a second and a woodpecker showed up checking out all the trees in our front yard. Great entertainment with morning coffee. Today our goal was to seek out the moose that are said to be abundant in this area of Colorado. When I worked here in the late 60’s a moose sighting was very rare since the numbers had dramatically dropped. In the 70’s and 80’s a private donor funded the reintroduction of moose ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 10th 2019

Again we slept in this morning. We awoke to a cloudy and cooler morning today in Stub Creek. Our goal today was to find Deadman’s fire watch tower. The summer I worked at a Stub Creek I made the decision to work through the fall after my trail crew members went back to school. The first of September the Ranger, his family, and most of the maintenance crews return to Fort Collins for the winter. My goal was to enlist in the Navy by the end of the year so my decision to stay at Stub Creek was an easy one. I was on my own most of the time with my own little Jeep and access to the Dodge fire truck used for fighting small brush fire until the main fire fighters showed up. I ... read more
New neighbor. .
Not sure what is was on the road.
Deadman Tower.

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 8th 2019

So we are now at the Stub Creek Ranger Cabin. A shorter day of driving in miles. We drove on I 70 for about 60 miles and then turned north towards Walden. The scenery was beautiful, but it was all 2 lane roads winding through the mountains. Much slower driving. We made a stop in Walden for some more groceries, gas, and lunch at the Moose Creek Cafe. Walden is about 50 miles and a hour drive to Stub Creek. The last 20 miles are dirt road just the way I remember it. The first time I drove to Stub Creek was when I was hired by the forest service for a summer job. I drove from Boulder in my 53 ford and at the time much of the road from Fort Collins was gravel. I ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins July 11th 2016

9th Jul: My flight from San Francisco hadn't been too bad until we were approaching Denver. Then it got super turbulent. You know it's bad when the cabin crew have to take their seats and the plane is deathly silent. However, we did land safely and 30 minutes early, which turned out to be an utter ballache as the powers that be made us wait on the tarmac until our official landing time. I bet it is because Frontier is a budget airline. I have major love for Frontier because the seats are non-reclining! No dickheads invading my space. The airport is massive and it took me a while to walk through it and get to the baggage reclaim area. I had just collected my bags when my friends turned up. It was so good to ... read more
Picnic Rock
Picnic Rock
Picnic Rock


With no way through Rocky Mountain National Park available, we found a northern alternative via Loveland and Fort Collins, then west on Route 14 through Rustic, Kinikinik and a lot of places that included the name Poudre. It was a really scenic road which edged a river apparently very popular for white river rafting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cache_La_Poudre_River On exiting the national forest, we saw many moose before reaching Walden, the self-proclaimed moose viewing capital of Colorado. Route 14 eventually ended with highway 40, which we then took over the Continental Divide at Rabbit Ears Pass and into Steamboat Springs.... read more
Moose on Route 14
Poudre Falls
Approaching Walden

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins July 22nd 2013

What a day! We started with a leisurely stay at our hotel this morning in Colby, KS, swimming in the pool and (mostly) hot tub after a terrific breakfast. Hitting the road later than expected, around 11:45 am, we were psyched to pick up that extra hour when we crossed from Central to Mountain time! Saw a lot more amber waves of grain on this drive than yesterday - fields that went as far as the eye could see, dotted only by the occasional silo or windmill or house (very, very occasional). The drive seemed quick enough, though, and before long we were spying the impressive mountain range in the distance through the haze. Finally, something worthy of our admonishments to the kids to look out the window! Even they couldn't be unimpressed by the soaring ... read more
Amber grains
Fields and fields
Seeing the Rockies

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 21st 2012

Another beautiful sunny day so we decided to rent bikes in Fort Collins and take a ride along the Le Poudre Trail which follows the river out to Larimer County. Took us a bit to figure out how to ride "cruisers" with automatic 3 speed shifting and peddles for braking. We passed horse farms, a quarry, and a number of open parks along the way. Spotted 2 fawns hiding in the woods along the trail too. It was a hot one so on our way back into town we decided to stop at Ben & Jerry's for some ice cream and water - perfect choice. We walked around the Old Town section a bit looking in stores and saw some cool sculptures and another painted piano that Sean and Dean played (a few notes here and ... read more
Fawn in the Woods
Cool underpasses along trail
Fawn Hiding

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins August 20th 2012

We headed to Fort Collins today from Estes Park to visit Colorado State University. This is Drew's first college visit. A little early but we are in Colorado and he really thinks that he wants to go to school in Colorado. Great tour of the campus buildings and the grounds (over 1 mile square). Lots of green space, beautiful view of the mountains, and more bicycles than we've ever seen in one place. Most common modes of transportation were bikes, scooters, and skate boards. It was the first day of classes so it was a really busy day on campus. One other visitor was also from PA (Pittsburgh area). We ended the day with a good meal at a local brewery - Coopersmith's in Old Town.... read more
Pendulum
Traffic Sign
Coopersmith's

North America » United States » Colorado » Fort Collins July 22nd 2012

Last night, as we were going to bed, the next storm came in. WOW. Tony estimates that there were, on average, a dozen bolts of lightening per second. We have video of the approach of that storm which we will attempt to upload. We tried to watch "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs". The continuous thunder was so loud that we could not hear the movie at all. We opted to go to bed early. Michelle was really scared by the storm (which had increased to nearly 2 dozen bolts per second) so we all cuddled and finally fell asleep. The storm lasted nearly 4 hours at that intensity before finally clearing. This morning, when we woke up, it was like the scene in "Independence Day" when Will Smith's character wakes up and sees all the ... read more
Worth It
Buffalo
Fire Camp




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