Tag Archives: colorado

golden gate canyon state park

We went camping at Golden Gate Canyon State Park in August. We enjoyed the little hike from our campsite to “Dude’s Fishing Hole” (that’s the official name!).

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crash cuisine

Crash Cuisine is a fantastic vegan restaurant in Loveland, Colorado. They have lots of gluten-free options, and everything I’ve ever eaten there (sandwiches, soup, dinner specials, cookies, muffins…) has been top notch. But for me, the most exciting thing about Crash Cuisine is their amazing selection of gluten-free cupcakes!

Most of the time they have several varieties of gluten-free cupcakes available. The chocolate strawberry cupcake above was a delight, and I also love their chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and banana cream inside. I’m looking forward to trying them all!

the great stupa (again)

I’ve posted about the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya before, but every time I go there I take more photos that I want to share. What a beautiful place!

CSU flower trial garden

The Flower Trial Garden at Colorado State University is just gorgeous in the summer. These photos are from June.

cache la poudre river

I snapped a few photos of the Cache la Poudre River flowing through Bellvue while I was there for a work retreat in early May.

moonrise over a flowering plum tree

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st. vrain state park

We went to St. Vrain State Park on a sunny morning in mid-April. The Pelican Pond Nature Trail loop was a perfect low-key walk for our group. The beautiful old trees were just beginning to get their leaves, and we enjoyed the panoramic views of the mountains, and some bird watching.

This park seems to be immensely popular for RV camping and fishing as well.

horsetooth falls

Horsetooth Falls is one of my favorite hikes in Fort Collins. I hoped to finally see the waterfall flowing at more than a trickle on this March morning hike, but as you can see, I’ll have to try again.

wild animal sanctuary

We visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado on a warmish January afternoon. It was amazing to see the lions, tigers, coyotes, wolves, bears, and other animals roaming freely in their large habitats.

It was a pleasant surprise to see two bald eagles visiting the sanctuary as well.

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brewery lights

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, we went to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights in Fort Collins. This is a great free activity for families, anyone who likes Christmas lights, or people who like Anheuser-Busch beer. We really enjoyed the Christmas tree maze and riding the little train that went through a snowman tunnel and past many of the lights.

 

The train ride costs $1 per person, but entry is free and there is free beer as well. Other food and drink were available for purchase.