Rattlesnake Avoidance Pays Off

Here in Colorado, one niggling impediment to carefree hiking and riding is the prospect of rattlesnake encounters. The possibility of harm and crisis – for horses, humans, and dogs – is enough to motivate several preventative strategies. There’s not a lot we can do for […]

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Diversity Reconsidered

This opinion piece appeared recently in High Country News. Here is the unedited version: Diversity is such a funny word. Most folks think of it in terms of skin color or ethnicity. I picked my college because of this so-called diversity. For a white girl […]

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Alpine Houdini Review

“Weather permitting…” Real trekkers hardly acknowledge a phrase like this one. It rains. We’re either prepared and comfortable or unprepared and grin through it. I prefer the former. During the lovely monsoon season here in Colorado, it might rain every day for a few months. […]

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Species Parade, Episode 15

During the summer, cows move into the community. For a few months, their mooing and bellowing is about all you can hear unless you adjust your ears. The birds and mammals are still here, but they seem to step back, literally and figuratively. The dogs, […]

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Trashy Insight

Trash is a window to our world. It can tell you way more than a solicited survey or government census. Read UtahOutsider’s Trail Trash post. Our neighborhood regularly picks up trash along Highway 160, an officially designated scenic highway and part of “America’s Most Beautiful […]

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It Fills. It Spills!

Like sands into an hourglass, the San Juan Mountains snow pack has been flowing into the Dolores River and filling the McPhee Reservoir in southwestern Colorado. For weeks, the boating community has been watching the granular increases (posted online by the Dolores Water Conservancy District) […]

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Introducing ColoradoOutsider Women

I’ve lived in a lot of places, yet nowhere have I been more impressed and challenged by fellow females than here in southwestern Colorado. This is not to say that women in Maine, Iowa, Utah, and elsewhere are not impressive. But when it comes to […]

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Fog and a Meeting in Mancos

Attending a Bureau of Land Management meeting is a bit like driving into thick fog. It can be bewildering, even if you have a general sense of where you are and why you’re there. It helps if you have a lay of the land and […]

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Warming Tips for the Outdoors Inclined

Car rides with the windows down Tall, ice-filled drinks Swims with your horse The pleasures of summer seem far, far away. At my place, pasture walks are slow, laborious efforts of postholing, walking in snow that goes to my thighs and fills my boots. I’d […]

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