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Tweet Palisade, Colorado during this time of year is well-known for some of the best peaches on the planet.  And a lesser known fact is that the area’s warm days and chilly nights and lower ‘mountain’ elevation make for a perfect grape growing environment.  Hello Colorado wine harvest season! And to welcome the harvest Western Slope locals […]


Tweet Try something new this weekend and head up to Georgetown and hop on the train for dinner! If you’ve lived in Denver for a while, chances are that you’re familiar with the Georgetown Loop train but thought that was only for tourists or for you to do when you had family visiting from out of town. But […]


Tweet Head down to Larkspur for the Colorado Renaissance Festival which is happening every weekend through August 1st. If you haven’t been to this unusual event, you really should go check it out. There are plenty of activities going on such as jousting, knife juggling, acrobatics, hypnotists and lots of comedy! I really enjoyed the jousting competitions and be sure not to […]


Tweet Sounds a little like a motivational speech, eh?  Well, people do it everyday in our beautiful state – I see young kids and grandparents alike on the trails.  Are you ready for a victory of your own? In Colorado we are lucky enough to have so many peaks to enjoy.  While mountains are incredible to gaze […]

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NOT a wee peak.

by Vali Hooker on March 6, 2008

in Colorado Adventures

Tweet   Something is very contrasting about this nice backdrop and the sign, no? It’s sad when grown adults have to be reminded of the wee no-no’s.


Marshall Mesa Trail ~ Close Denver Hike.

by Vali Hooker on November 19, 2007

in Colorado Adventures

Tweet Denver, Colorado has great weather, period. Yesterday (mid-November) was no exception with temps in the high sixties which will draw anybody outside. Now it’s getting dark at 5 pm and even earlier in the Foothills so we decided a close, easy hike would be perfect for this mid-November Sunday afternoon. Just outside of Boulder, […]


Greetings from St. Paulasaurus.

by Vali Hooker on June 20, 2007

in Uncategorized

Tweet I am visiting Vali’s blog today from St. Paul Minnesota. We thought it would be fun to switch places for a day. Summer is a great time to visit Minnesota. We don’t have snow here any where because we don’t have mountains. We do have rivers, lakes and beautiful forests in Northern Minnesota. Currently […]


Red Rocks Trail

by Vali Hooker on April 23, 2007

in Colorado Adventures

Tweet Morrison Colorado is well-known for Red Rocks Amphitheatre which is located 15 minutes from downtown Denver. The acoustic perfection of this natural amphitheatre is created by two 300-foot red sandstone rocks nestled in the foothills outside of Denver, Colorado. The amphitheatre is world-renown for it’s beauty and acoustic bliss. A much less known treat […]


Herman Gulch Trail

by Vali Hooker on April 15, 2007

in Colorado Adventures

Tweet Today’s Colorado Adventure brought us to Herman Gulch Trail about a 35-minute drive West of Denver on I-70. Not a single cloud in sight we embarked on the Herman Gulch Trail taking us across snow covered plains and mountainous terrain. The hike was about two hours and 1,600 feet above sea level. In a […]


My Denver. My Bike.

by Vali Hooker on March 8, 2007

in Around Denver

Tweet Alas, the beautiful sunshine is once again a staple in our daily routine in Denver, Colorado. After eight weeks of dirty snow piles, icy parking lots and magnesium chloride coated cars our sunlit Denver is back in full affect! We’ve once again been reacquainted with 55 degree late winter days! As the sun comes […]