High Surf and Big Waves Start the Summer in Malibu

A Bad Day in “The Bu” Is Better Than … Well … Anything! Honestly, I didn’t mean to be spending the afternoon at the beach! It was moving day. I had packed up and left the old place early in the morning only to discover the new place wouldn’t be ready until mid-afternoon. So, after…

Hiking In Arches National Park

Home to one of the largest concentrations of natural sandstone arches in the world, more than 2,000 of the gravity-defying features dot the unique landscape of Arches National Park. Located in east-central Utah, the park is near the outdoor recreation mecca of Moab. Soon after entering the park, visitors will come to Park Avenue (moderate…

Street Art: Colorado Springs

The 13th Annual Art On The Streets competition in Colorado Springs has continued its mission to beautify the city and inspire its citizens. Winning pieces of the worldwide competition remain on display for a year, and more than 50 have been purchased over the years for permanent installation in the downtown area. The photos in…

Colorado’s Hayman Fire: 10 Years Later

The Hayman fire was originally sparked on June 8, 2002 by a forestry worker who was distraught over a failed relationship. She reportedly was burning love letters from her estranged husband during a Total Burn Ban due to a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service. Because of the extremely dry conditions, an overabundance of…

Street Scenes: Denver’s 16th Street Mall

Denver’s 16th Street Mall is a bustling place filled with music, art, recreation, shopping, lots of good food, and lots of people!  After a recent meeting, it seemed like a good opportunity to just wander and take in the sights, sounds and smells that make up the scene. Originally a busy retail street in the…

Aftermath of a Forest Fire

With all the forest fires going on lately, I’ve been reminded of a trip a few years ago to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Like many of the wildfires in Colorado today, this fire was sparked by lightning. The blaze began more than 30 days before. And while it is not certain when…