As the saying goes even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. Hiding in plain sight this prehistoric pictograph looked out of place amongst ski runs and million dollar log homes. Local experts confirmed this undocumented bison and anthropomorph rock painting was probably done by the Fremont people who lived and foraged in the Utah area over a 1000 years ago.
Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake is what else a mountain lake. Located just south of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake was believed to be the dwelling place for the departed by the Ute people. Now connected to two reservoirs (Shadow Mountain and Lake Granby), Grand Lake is a recreational hotspot 2-3 hours west of Denver.
Each step is an important choice when hiking at higher elevations. A wrong decision could send you to the bottom in a hurry. Fortunately mother nature keeps us in check imposing frequent stops to catch our breath and plan the next move.
There’s a great view of the valley from the ski patrol shack atop Winter Park. The three hour climb requires breaks, water and plenty of gorp made with raisins, chocolate chips and roasted almonds.