Monday, September 11, 2017

Annual Scotfest, Estes Park

This festival is an annual tradition/pilgrimage in our household, or has been since the early 2000's at least. The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is now in its 41st year (as of 2017), and is the largest of its kind in the USA. The Festival is held annually over 3 days in September, costs $25 per day/per person, a real bargain!.

Celtic style entertainment

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rugbytown sevens

2017 marks the sixth year the annual Serevi RugbyTown sevens competition has taken place at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado. 20 teams take part in this 3-day event, including military teams from the USA, UK, and international teams from Fiji, UK, Cayman Islands, and US league teams.

RugbyTown 7's, Glendale, CO

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lory State Park - Arthur's Rock

Lory State Park is hidden almost out of view, a few miles west of Fort Collins, and directly adjacent to Horsetooth reservoir. The park is 2,591 acres of former ranchland and can be enjoyed on foot, mountain bike or horseback. There are a variety of trails in the park, ranging from an easy 0.1 mile, to a more difficult 4.2 mile climb upwards.

Being our first visit to the park, we decided to tackle the popular "Arthur's Rock Trail", a moderate to difficult out-n-back 3.4 mile round trip hike (1080 feet gain over 1.7 miles). Of course, I mainly just looked at the distance and thought "Oh how hard can this trail be, it's only 3.4 miles", well there is a reason for its difficulty rating as we found out, but it is worth every step!.

Arthur's Rock Trail

Friday, July 28, 2017

South Park City, CO - Part 2

The area around Fairplay sprung to life after Gold was discovered in 1859 in Tarryall Creek, a tributary of the South Platte River. Mining camps sprung up all over South Park, but the "Gold Rush" was short lived, and hard-rock mining took over for the next 30 years. When the mining heyday ended, most mining camps were left to decay, except for Fairplay, Alma and Como.

South Park mining history

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

South Park City, CO - Part 1

Nestled in the centre of Colorado lies "South Park City", a historical collection of original buildings from the gold mining heydey of the mid-1800's, opened as a museum to the public in 1959. This museum is actually an extension of the historic main street in the town of Fairplay, which was established in 1859 during the Gold Rush. Fairplay only lies 15 miles east of the town of Leadville as the crow flies, but 72 miles by modern day road, or 85 miles south-west of Denver along highway 285.

South Park City