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A tiny home adventure 2017 - Colorado USA

big livin' in a small space

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

Europe 2017 - Netherlands

the great European flower hunt

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View Peace & Chocolate (Europe) 2017 on MurkTravels's travel map.

Europe 2017

Decided to explore around western Europe. The trip lined up with a friend also traveling away from that same region. So I got to house sit for a few weeks in The Hague, Netherlands. I took the time to visit some other close cities too.

The Hague is an absolutely incredible city. There are plenty of personal and public transit options (big trains, light rail, bus, bike, walk) to get around easy. The city is home to several buildings and museums related to world peace. Somewhat related, it's home to the world court that handles disputes between international countries. You can walk through parks, go out to the beach community, or explore the main metro area that has a range of old castles, new age buildings, and all the hippest coffee shops. I grabbed some local delicious food, both at a farmers market as well as with fast food and the cities finest restaurants.

For some day trips, I checked out Antwerp and Brussels in neighboring Belgium. Antwerp has an incredible train station with gold everywhere. The local shops are known for their jewelry and chocolates. Brussels has Grand Place, Delirium, mini-Europe, the Atomium, and lots of cool architecture.

Another trip was farther north into the Netherlands to check out Leiden. It's a smaller city with a castle and city square where locals hang out. But the big attraction in the spring is the surrounding farms and the Keukenhof gardens to see the tulips blooming. Also checked out the main metro cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

These two little countries are an amazing region of Europe, and one of my favorites.
Continue to the next article for the Belgium pictures.

map

pictures

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

Netherland 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 13:19 Archived in Netherlands Tagged museums chocolate beer history netherlands europe belgium 2017 murktravels Comments (0)

Virgin Islands adventure 2016 - USVI & BVI

cruisin' around the Caribbean

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Vacation

Although I had been on a cruise ship before, the previous one was a quick 2 day jaunt to the Bahamas in chilly and rainy weather. So I consider this my first "real" cruise experience: involving tanning in the sun on the pool deck, lazy days on the ocean, multiple port visits, being a tourist, and many many buffets. This was in February 2016.

We started the vacation in Miami the day before. We had lived there before, so didn't need to see the sites. We relaxed on the beach, walked up Lincoln Road in Miami Beach and enjoyed the top floor mega-suite at the IHG InterContinental in downtown Miami on the harbor. Check out the video of our penthouse.

After a few days of enjoying the ocean, and all that the Norwegian escape had to offer, we were at the main destinations. I'm skipping over the experience of the cruise ship a bit, but it had a huge outdoor theater, water slides, a ropes course, casinos, shops, and lots of entertainment and restaurants. Our main port stops included:

  • Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, USVI
  • Road Town, Tortola, BVI
  • Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, BVI
  • Nassua, New Providence, Bahamas

Highly recommend:

  • relaxing at picturesque Magens Bay on St Thomas
  • swimming and walking around the Baths National Park on Virgin Gorda
  • the local street markets on all of the islands
  • relaxing on a cruise !

Trip Map


We checked out the US Virgin Islands (USVI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Pictures

View from suite at IHG hotel in downtown Miami the day before the cruise:
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Taking a ferry between 2 of the BVI ports:
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Walking and swimming at the Baths:
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the St Thomas cruise port:
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Panoramic of the cruise ship:
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Videos

A relaxing look at the boat wake when we were out at sea.

Walking through the Baths National Park (take 1)

Walking through the Baths National Park (take 2)

Leaving the island of Tortola.

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 20:44 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged nature travel cruise caribbean usa uk bahamas usvi bvi 2016 Comments (0)

Travel References

all over the world

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oh the places I've been

Below is a list of the places I've been (29 countries and counting). For each is links to the planning and information that I've curated and used. It includes maps, recommendations, articles, and more

Country (and region) List:

Links

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MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 03:20 Archived in Australia Tagged france japan australia mexico cambodia germany italy ireland vietnam egypt sweden chile costarica panama usa canada netherlands belize israel belgium norway bahamas vatican colombia luxembourg denmark iceland 2010 usvi 2014 bvi unitedkingdom 2016 2017 2018 2020 czechia 2019 Comments (0)

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