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Mountain Lion
Last week on February 4, 2019, we were out enjoying a walk around the beautiful, fresh blanket of snow around the campground with our dogs.  Unaware of an event that was unfolding just a couple miles from here on Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (HMOS), a trail runner was being attacked by a juvenile mountain lion.

While these incidents are very rare, it's a stark reminder that we do live in wildlife country in these parts of Colorado.  We have taught a couple of classes on wildlife safety (once for the public, and once for Poudre Wilderness Volunteer (PWV) where we are wilderness rangers.) 

In October 2018, we started our volunteer position for Larimer County Natural Resources (LCNR) at Horsetooth Reservoir, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Our schedule is a rotating 4 days on and 3 days off working every other Monday, and we share responsiblitites with another host couple.  We are in charge of 41 sites and cleaning of 3 camper cabins. The campground has several full time rangers and its own maintenance crew.  The office/visitor center is open 5 days a week from 9 am - 5 pm during the winter.

My husband and I, both like the position for the fact that it is close to our daughters and only few miles into town if we need anything.  We also like that it is slower in the winter and this campground is never full.  Most county and state parks only allow 14-day stays in a 30-day period. The down side to that is that it is not a lot for us to do, and we like to stay busy.  

This is not our first time winter camping in Colorado. The beauty of this state seems to draw us back every year. The azure blue skies, mild temperatures and availability of hiking and walking around the Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, Colorado is one of the reasons. This was the ideal location for us this winter. Yes, it does snow and yes the temperatures do drop below zero just adds to the challenge of we can do this!

Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is located in the Texas panhandle just 30 miles southeast of Amarillo. It is also known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas” too, and that is not an understatement. It is the second largest canyon in the United States. We have hiked at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, and we can see why the reference.

When you first enter the park, you will see some longhorn steer named T-Bone, Omlete, and Brisket on the left side of the fenced area.

My Favorite Quotes

The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Chinese Proverbs

The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders. - Edward Abbey

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. - John Burroughs

Not all those who wander are lost. - J.R.R. Tolkien

To travel alone is risky business, especially into a wilderness; equally risky is to have dreams and not follow them. - Robert F. Perkins

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