of my favorite past times is 4-wheeling. Living in Colorado,
I try to get out most weekends during the summer months. I also
hike and mountain bike, but 4-wheeling is my preferred mode
of adventure. The following are some of my travels here and
abroad in no particular order.
Loop and Lebanon Tunnel Located
45 miles west of Denver on I-70 is the Georgetown Loop. An engineering
marvel originally built in 1884, the railroad runs between Silver
Plume and Georgetown. An optional tour along the route is a
visit to the Lebanon Silver Mine.
I went to Moab for the first time in 1989 and have been going
back every year since. The beauty of Arches and Canyonlands
National Parks is a site to behold. The hike to Delicate Arch
is one I've made many times and still enjoy the view as much
as the first time.
Situated in the Pawnee National Grasslands, the buttes stand
out above the plains like 2 solitary sentries. Located in the
northeast part of the state, just 15 miles south of the Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska
borders, the buttes are eroded columns of sandstone and stand
300 feet tall above the windswept plains and arroyos. I first
went to the buttes circa 1970 and have been back countless dozens
of times since.
Teller Lake is a nice hike. It is a short hike being only 3/4
mile or so and takes approximately 30 minutes. There is no trail
to the lake and navigation is strictly by compass.
Gulch snowshoe trip, Jan 2007 This was a
nice snowshoe trip up the Cumberland jeep trail and on into
Washoe Gulch to a small frozen tarn. This area is near St. Mary's
Glacier, north of Idaho Springs, CO.
Within Pawnee National Grasslands are dozens of lesser roads
called "Grassland Roads". The roads criss-cross Pawnee
National Grasslands and are accessible by car, though I wouldn't
bring the family Lexus on these roads. Some of the roads are
rutted, especially after a heavy rain, but a smaller car with
a short wheelbase would have no problem driving about. Bring
lots of water and sunscreen, as shade is non-existent. And watch
out for rattlesnakes! This is a favorite Grassland route of
mine I call the "Windmill Loop".
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