Colorado and the road goes on

Get ready for a lot of photos!

And you can find a link to a back log blog post at the bottom!

 

September 22, 2019

My visit to Colorado is coming to a close, and I’ve been so grateful to visit friends, colleagues, and the mountains.

Biking through town I would often stop to say hello to the Poudre River.

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The Poudre is so pretty

On a tour of the bike trails Eric and I stopped at the Environmental Learning Center’s property, where I once led nature hikes for kids.

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And no Fort Collins visit is complete without enjoying the local brews.

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We shared Choice City Butcher and Deli’s 12th anniversary beer!

At home we enjoyed brisk evenings with a fire and roasted marshmallows.

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Roasting marshmallows in the backyard

On Saturday a group of friends joined us on a hike in Red Feather Lakes, which greeted us with wide open vistas, cows, and the beginning of fall colors. I do love the Aspen gold.

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A grass fire burned nearby while we were visiting Colorado, a subtle reminder that fire is always present in this ecosystem.

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This burned over four hundred acres in a day.

Our roommates’ puppy is much bigger than when I last saw her, however she’s still as snuggly as ever. You can compare to her photo from February.

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Bean, seven months later
September 24, 2019
The road trip back east has begun!

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We made it to Lincoln, Nebraska the first afternoon, and then to Nachusa Grasslands today.
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Quite a surreal feeling to walk through grass taller than me
Our friend Elizabeth took us on the site tour, where we hiked through grasses that were taller than me! It was quite the peaceful and serene sunset. Eric couldn’t get over how relaxing the prairie made him feel.

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It’s amazing to visit this prairie for many reasons. For starters, there is only 0.1% of original tallgrass prairie that has never been plowed. The Nature Conservancy preserved two remnant prairie sites, and has steadily collected more property and restored over 4,000 acres of tallgrass prairie. An amazing success story, I highly recommend a visit as the prairie is open to the public (except for the bisons’ field).

 

September 25, 2019

On Elizabeth’s suggestion, we stopped at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois, and I’m glad we did. Jumping from the tallgrass prairie to the woods, we visited a whole other world with forests, canyons, and waterfalls.

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Slot canyon and waterfall

Absolutely gorgeous, and for an early morning mid-week, it felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. Definitely worth the trip.

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September 26, 2019

We’ve almost finished our road trip!

We stopped at my aunt’s house in Indiana after the hike. It’s always great to catch up with family, especially when we’re always on the move. A meal of spaghetti and venison sauce, a plethora of critters, puppy love, and chatting late into the night made us feel like home.

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Puppy love

September 27, 2019

We made it to Virginia! And I’ve technically posted this before the week is over – 2 for 2! I will try to post earlier in the next week. Cheers!

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Moo Juice Express – I should always call milk that now.
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Hard to see through the dirty bug windshield, sunset over the Appalachian mountains

 

Back log: August 2019 Crossing the Maryland State Line

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