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Quandary Peak 2018 - Colorado, USA

14er hike on 2018-07-07

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Quandary Peak overview

I completed the Quandary Peak hike on July 7th, 2018. It was the 5th 14,000+ foot elevation peak I've done since moving to Colorado. This excursion took me about 3 hours for the 7 mile round trip out and back hike that has about 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

The hike started around 5 am, which was in the dark for about 30 minutes. But it was worth it since I got to the peak and was the only one up there (after passing about 20 people on the way up). I finished around 8 am, and on the way done there was hundreds of people and the parking lots were extremely overflowing with parking along the surrounding roads. This is one of the most popular 14er climbs. The trail is well marked and besides the switchbacks, is generally straight up the ridge of the mountain to the peak. The trail had a mix of some forest, some open flat area, and ended with a rock pile climb, but with a pretty clear path. The views were fantastic up at the top.

Recommend:

  • Start early to get a spot in the lot and avoid the crowds
  • Can complete it with minimal planning since the trail is well marked
  • As always, bring water and snacks with you
  • At the peak, look south and see if you can recognize the Bross, Cameron, Lincoln, and Democrat 14er peaks

Relive video of the hike

link: watch a video and map tour of my hike

Trip Map

Pictures

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

Sunrise on the hike up
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The top rocky push to the peak
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The summit and elevation shot
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A panoramic of the great view
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Previous 14er hikes:

Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 13:04 Archived in USA Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises nature colorado mountain usa hike 2018 Comments (0)

Tiny homes #2 - 2018 - Colorado USA

back for another year

storm 70 °F

Living Small

This is the 2nd year in a row that I've checked out a tiny homes festival. While the one last year was larger and more impressive, there is always great stories to hear about how people can live with an entire house that is often smaller than a couple rooms in most people's homes.

While it was raining part of the day, I got there just after the thunderstorm passed. However, there were still very long lines at some of the larger and expensive models. There was a range of homes from tiny ~65 square ft trailers to shipping containers to yurts.

Pictures

To see more pictures from this event or other events I've attended, check out the folder : MurkTravels Event pictures

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The blue wave / ocean theme trailer
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Some tiny and unique living options:
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Links

MurkTravels Vimeo - videos of my trips
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 10:38 Archived in USA Tagged colorado usa festival 2018 tinyhome Comments (0)

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

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

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

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

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

Virgin Islands adventure 2016 - USVI & BVI

cruisin' around the Caribbean

sunny 75 °F
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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

sunny 80 °F

oh the places I've been

Below is a list of the places I've been (35 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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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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