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The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

The Fowler Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Fowler Trail is a short, family friendly hike at Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's fairly flat, with minimum elevation gain and beautiful views of the park and foothills. You can follow the trail for up to 2 miles, 4 miles round trip, however I like to hike it for one mile, where it intersects the Goshawk Ridge Trail and turn around there, making it a quick two mile trot. This trail begins at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon and eventually exits the park into the national forest land surrounding it. You follow the trail east and continue straight when the trail meets the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail. After climbing a short distance, you will pass the Bastille rock formation on the left. This is a popular rock climbing destination,…
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Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon Trail | Eldorado Canyon State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
The Eldorado Canyon Trail is a 6.6 mile round trip hike in Eldorado Canyon State Park. It's the longest hike in the park and has amazing views of both the park itself and the continental divide. I would consider the Eldorado Canyon Trail to be a moderate to strenuous hike, because it gains over 1000 feet in elevation gain. Though to be honest, it's the first quarter and third quarter are steep, with rolling hills in between, so it's not as strenuous as other hikes with the same stats. Christian, Savannah Dog, and I hiked this trail on a Tuesday, after a holiday weekend. We headed out early to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms and returned back to our car just as the clouds moved in. It took us 3 hours…
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Memorial Day Weekend Getaway | Moab + Rifle

Memorial Day Weekend Getaway | Moab + Rifle

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Trip Report, Utah
[caption id="attachment_474" align="alignright" width="300"] Are we there yet?[/caption] Over Memorial Day, Christian and I decided to jump into the adventure van with Savannah and just drive. We knew we'd eventually end up in Moab, but from there, we weren't sure where we'd go or what we'd do. We brought along our camping, climbing and hiking gear, prepared for most of what Colorado and Utah has to offer. It was a pretty awesome Memorial Day Weekend Getaway! We started off very early on day one, heading through the mountains traffic free. We made it as far as Utah before getting distracted. To be far, Colorado has a lot of awesome places to stop on the way, we've just stopped at many of them already. We decided to take the "scenic" route into…
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Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Hiking Arenal Volcano National Park | Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica, Hiking
Our first introduction to Costa Rica was a 90 mile drive from San Jose to La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Google estimated it would take about 3.5 hours, but there was a bridge out so the locals said it would take closer to 5. Little did they know we'd be hit with a crazy rain storm (go figure, a heavy downpour in the rain forest, right?) while traveling on the ever winding, guardrail-less back roads of rural Costa Rica. Eight hours later, we arrived, ate dinner and crashed for the night. The next day, we woke up early because we were really excited about hiking Arenal Volcano National Park and we wanted to get there before the afternoon storms hit. National parks in Costa Rica are not as well marked as they are…
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Product Review: Spoontiques Positive Affirmations Ceramic Travel Mug

Product Review: Spoontiques Positive Affirmations Ceramic Travel Mug

Product Reviews
I love my tea. It's part of my daily routine and I have a cup every night while I unwind from the day. This includes on trips and adventures, regardless of where we are. I'm also allergic to most BPA free plastic (corn) and I hate the taste of tea out of a stainless mug. So, instead of carrying around one of our tiny coffee cups, I decided to invest in a ceramic travel mug. After spending way too much time reading reviews on Amazon, I decided to go with the Spoontiques Positive Affirmations Ceramic Travel Mug. I picked this particular travel mug for a few reasons: It has a handle, which will allow me to safely handle it after I put boiling water in it. It has a lid, which…
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Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Best Rainy Day Hike in Denver | Rattlesnake Gulch Trail

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Hiking, United States
Weather is fickle out here in Colorado, and it doesn't always cooperate with your plans. It rarely rains, but when it does, it often pours, or hails. One moment it can be 80 and sunny and twenty minutes later it can be 60 and pouring. So, what does a hiker do when the weather isn't playing nicely? They look for a rainy day hike, of course. A few weeks ago I had a weekend all to myself and I promised Savannah Dog that I'd take her hiking. The forecast was 70 and sunny for both Saturday and Sunday, so we had big plans. Then the weekend came and mother nature delivered two days of 50 degrees and rain. After lounging around the house all day on Saturday, Savannah Dog and…
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Five Beaches in Puntarenas | Costa Rica

Five Beaches in Puntarenas | Costa Rica

Beaches, Central America, Costa Rica
[caption id="attachment_393" align="alignnone" width="1000"] A view of Playa Punta Renas from the Paquera ferry.[/caption] Costa Rica is known for it's beautiful beaches. So, if you're anything like me, you'll feel completely overwhelmed when trying to figure out which ones to check out. From family friendly to a surfer's dream there are so many options. On our trip to Costa Rica, we visited five beaches and fell in love with one. Here are 5 Costa Rican Beaches in Puntarenas: Playa Jaco - Playa Jaco was probably our least favorite beach. While it had pretty views and was very close to where we were staying, it was often crowded and there was a lot of trash in the sand. It had a definite party scene though, and if that's your thing, you could fit right in with…
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Product Review: Hydro Flask vs. Takeya ThermoFlask

Product Review: Hydro Flask vs. Takeya ThermoFlask

Product Reviews
We've all seen them, insulated stainless steel water bottles. They've become the newest water bottle craze and are popping up everywhere. They guarantee to keep hot beverages hot  and cold beverages cold for a particular length of time. That's great and all, but what I really want to know is how hot is hot and how do they compare to each other. Two of the big sellers are the Hydro Flask and the Takeya Thermoflask. Both of these bottles are BPA free, insulated 18/8 stainless steel. The Hydro Flask weighs 17 oz and the Thermoflask weighs 12.8 oz. They both come in a variety of colors and sizes. The Hydro Flask guarantees 24 hours cold, 6 hot and the Thermoflask guarantees 24 hours cold and 12 hours hot. I've been the owner of three Hydro…
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Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Rock Climbing, United States
A few weekends ago, Christian, our friend Martha, and I headed down to Shelf Road for a day trip. While it was slightly late season, we figured if we found a shady wall we might be able to squeeze one last trip in. We decided to check out The Gem Wall, which is part of the Vault, for some 5.10-5.12 climbing. For most people, you can chase the shade and climb at Shelf Road well into May, but I usually call it quits mid April because of the wildlife. The bees and wasps at Shelf become quite plentiful as it gets warmer and I'm not sure I want to find out what a trip to a Canon City hospital is like. Anyways, it was a good call because weather was…
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Best Dog Park in Denver | Chatfield State Park

Best Dog Park in Denver | Chatfield State Park

Colorado, Dog Friendly
Savannah Dog is a big fan of dog parks. She loves to run, to romp with other dogs and to jump face first into giant mud puddles. She's also a huge fan of running off leash with her people. So, it's really no surprise that after visiting the Chatfield State Park Dog Park, she's rated it as the best dog park in Denver. [caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="1000"] You can pick the $2 permit up at the front gate. It's good for one dog handler and up to three dogs.[/caption] This dog park is more than just a dog park, it's a fenced in dog trail that offers paved and dirt paths, big ponds, mud puddles, trees, bushes, flowers and pretty much everything and anything a dog loves. It's well maintained and…
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