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Salt Lake City 2017 - Utah, USA

~ the birthplace of salt ~

sunny 102 °F

SLC

It's only an hour flight from Denver; and since we have free flights on Southwest (well, gotta pay $11 in federal fees), but might as well check out the "Crossroads of the West", an apparent nickname of Salt Lake City. While we were there, the highs were between 98 and 102 every day !

Who knows about SLC? Who's been there? Would love to hear your experiences and thoughts on the town.

Recommended

These places were awesome and we recommend checking them out:

  • Settebello Pizzeria - true Naples Italy style pizza that was Delicious !
  • Capo Gelato Italiano - Italian gelato that was much needed on the day it got up to 102 degrees C
  • Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen - healthy, delicious, and affordable
  • Saturday Farmers Market - chance to interact with the locals at Pioneer Park
  • City Creek center - yes, there is a creek

Activities

Here are some of the fun things we did and enjoyed.

Urban Adventure Quest : This was a blast and a great way to get to know a city. You get clues (and hints if needed) via your smartphone about your next destination. When you answer correctly, you get directions there and some history or interesting facts. You can compete against other teams for high score or fasted time to complete. We took about 3.5 hours and saw 20 different tourist sites.
This website has tours in most large US cities.

Temple Square : The headquarters of the LDS. You can take a self led or guided tour (both free) around the campus to see the temple, the tabernacle, the visitors center, the ancestor family search library, assembly hall, and a number of exhibits. Enjoy, but just don't get brainwashed !

Grand American hotel : Check out the fancy shops, courtyards, ballrooms, pool, or take a self led art tour of their collections around the property.

Wiseguys Comedy Club : We saw Orny Adams. Never heard of him before, but he was hilarious, with his connected 1 hour bit about how the new Millennial generation needs to toughen up. #OrnyAdams #CoalForOrny #LowerYourExpectations

Things we would like to do next time:

  • Park City & Sundance
  • Salt lake boat ride / tour
  • Winter Olympics site
  • Hiking

Pictures

Panoramic from the Capital:
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After Jesus disappeared from Jerusalem, he showed up in SLC:
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Get coffee-faced in Pioneer Park
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Yes, they have made a Polygamy beer there. The back of the label promises that you can love this beer equally with others. Ha.
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:39 Archived in USA Tagged temple travel utah usa capital salt slc Comments (0)

Rockies at Coors Field 2017 - Colorado USA

a national pastime

sunny 85 °F

Colorado Rockies baseball

Every once in a while, you need to get out of work a bit early and catch a sporting event. When I'm in downtown Denver, it's easiest to catch a baseball game at Coors Field. With tickets at $5 to get in the outfield "Rockpile" section, it doesn't break the bank to check out a game (and I feel it doesn't contribute to the over-paid athlete syndrome).

This summer I caught 2 Rockies games at Coors Field. The first was a thriving 5-4 win in the 9th over the NY Mets. The second was a rough 10-4 beating by the Atlanta Braves. One of the games, we won some free beers (hint: keep an eye on the big screen to enter to win) and the other we won some free sandwiches. Both times we witnessed center fielder Charlie Blackmon crush home runs.

Pictures

the main entrance area of Coors Field:
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View from the cheap seats:
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View from the cheap seats and our winnings:
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Blackmon home run!
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:38 Archived in USA Tagged beer baseball colorado Comments (0)

Lake McConaughy camping 2017 - Nebraska USA

the highlight of western Nebraska

sunny 88 °F

Camping Trip

We took a long weekend trip over the border into Nebraska to relax on the shores of Lake McConaughy (as far as I know, it's not owned by Matthew McConaughey). Some (fun) facts about the place:

  • Nebraska's largest lake
  • The lake is over 20 miles long
  • The state record for walleye (16 lbs 2 oz) was caught there
  • ... and you can camp right on the beach

Here's what we did:

Pictures

Our home for the weekend:
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Our camping neighborhood:
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View from the water with some SUP action:
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Relaxing on the water:
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Got in a beach workout (shoutout to our friends at Monkii Bars)
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:33 Archived in USA Tagged lake sunsets camping boating nebraska Comments (0)

A tiny home adventure 2017 - Colorado USA

big livin' in a small space

sunny 84 °F

Tiny Festival

We're checking out the Colorado Tiny Home Festival. There will be tiny trailer homes, yurts, shipping container houses, and more.

We're going to learn how to build them, why people choose the tiny lifestyle, ways to simplify your home, and overall minimalist living. Not sure if a tiny home is in our future, but this weekend should give us a good idea.

Pictures

Time to get a tiny bit excited.

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A view of just 1/2 of the festival grounds - there's 16 small homes in the picture (plus I'm standing on the roof of one.

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Just the frame and some imagination.

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Full appliances:

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Tiny trailers (probably only good for a long weekend trip):

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View from the bedroom loft:

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A couple views from the outside:

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 15:43 Archived in USA Tagged colorado usa festival tinyhome Comments (0)

Democrat-Lincoln-Cameron-Bross 2017 - Colorado USA

Four 14ers in a day

sunny 45 °F

overview

For those up to the challenge, this is the easiest way to get multiple 14er peaks in one day. Once you make the steep climb up to one of them, then it's just a matter of partially dropping down and climbing back up via the saddles between the peaks, instead of going all the way back down and back up each time. I had previously gone up to the peak of Mt Democrat a few weeks earlier.

These were the first, second, third, and fourth 14ers I hiked. I completed this task on July 22nd, 2017. I started around 6 am and finished around 10am. I ran whatever parts I could.

Recommend:

  • There's a camping site at the trailhead to camp overnight before the climb
  • Be sure to have an off road vehicle with high clearance for the drive up to the trailhead
  • Eat and drink plenty on the way

Trip Map

Pictures

See this and all the 14er hike pictures on the Facebook Murk Travels photos page - 14ers album.

Trailhead:
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Mt Democrat:
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Mt Lincoln:
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Mt Cameron and Democrat:
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Mt Bross
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 13:56 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado sunrise denver 14er 2017 Comments (0)

Medicine Bow Peak hike 2017 - Wyoming USA

from a National Forest in Southern Wyoming

sunny 88 °F

Medicine Bow Peak hike

This is a huge National Forest just about 3 hours from Denver. It covers north central Colorado and south central Wyoming. But the hiking highlight of Medicine Bow peak (and the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and Browns Peak) is in Wyoming. So a quick drive and a National Parks pass will get you to these views too.

There are year-round recreation opportunities there, including hiking, biking, camping, horse riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, photography and a wide array of winter sports, just to name a few. Our trip was focused on the hiking. We took the Medicine Bow Peak trail on the way up, and the Lakes Trail on the way back. That round trip covers 7 miles and has a variety of landscapes, elevation changes, and trail conditions.

Pictures

See all the travel and event photos on Facebook : Murk Travels albums

Elevation changes from start to peak (~ 10,400 to 11,900):
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After a steep initial climb from the parking lot, here's a few from the south end of the Medicine Bow peak range and the lakes below:
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At the first stop, here's a selfie and panoramic of the incredible views:
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Looking around from the very top of the peak:
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At the north end of the trail, looking along the range ridges and lakes below:
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A panoramic view of the entire range from the Lakes Trail:
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Completing the hike; time to celebrate:
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempt at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 11:51 Archived in USA Tagged hiking travel usa wyoming nationalparks Comments (0)

Europe 2017 - Belgium

the great European chocolate hunt

overcast 50 °F
View Peace & Chocolate (Europe) 2017 on MurkTravels's travel map.

Europe 2017

A continuation of pictures from the spring trip to Europe.
See the previous article for more info and pictures from the Netherlands .

map

pictures

All travel and events albums on Facebook : Murk Travels albums
Belgium Album
Netherlands album

Belgium sites:

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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Youtube - videos of my trips & entertainment
MurkTravels Facebook page - pictures, posts, and regular updates
MurkTravels Facebook photo albums
MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 13:25 Archived in Belgium Tagged europe belgium 2017 murktravels Comments (0)

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