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April 12, 2018

A Love of Lonsdale

April 5, 2018 / By Chris Oudean It all started in 2004, when my wife and I began an 18 day road trip through Canada starting from our then longtime hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. On our last pit stop, we spent four days in Vancouver...

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July 10, 2017

Destination Red Rocks Park

July 7, 2017 / By Chris Oudean Red Rocks Park is one of the most popular destinations in Colorado. It’s not only home to the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater prized for it’s near perfect acoustics, but it’s also a great place to get...

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June 30, 2017

Frederick in Flight Hot Air Balloon Festival

June 29, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik “A bayoon! A Bayoon! A Bayoon!” I shouted to my mom excitedly as we drove down the road in Anchorage, AK one late spring afternoon when I was only a few years old. In fact, there were several hot...

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June 23, 2017

Growing Up In Alaska

June 23, 2017 / By Chris Oudean We lived on Elmendorf Air Force Base at first. I was what they call a military brat. When my dad joined the Air Force, they let you choose two places you would prefer to move in order to create some...

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June 16, 2017

Chatfield State Park

June 16, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik Chatfield has its good sides and bad sides and which you see depends on what you set out to experience in your outdoor venture. Most of the time, I crave wilderness in remote locations. While it does...

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May 26, 2017

Colorado Springs Top Destinations

May 26, 2017 / By Chris Oudean & Katie Hnatik Colorado Springs is one of those areas full interesting destinations. From secret military bases to groundbreaking fossil discoveries, this area is steeped in mystery and excitement!...

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May 12, 2017

A Wonderful, Awful Hike.

May 12, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik The weather had turned cold and rain was starting to fall. We had brought provisions for making sandwiches and had planned on taking a bit of a rest to enjoy our hard earned view and load up on calories...

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May 5, 2017

Top Ten Tips for Beginner Mountain Hiking

May 5, 2017 / By Chris Oudean There’s nothing more satisfying than reaching the summit of a mountain and taking in the hard earned vistas of breathtaking landscapes far below. The challenges of reaching the summit can be enough to...

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April 28, 2017

What Are You Waiting For?  Do Something!

April 28, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik Life gets in the way of living. We go to work, go grocery shopping, cook food. We do all the daily things and the days go by quickly, well, except for those hours in a cubicle, or office, or just spent...

By Katie
April 21, 2017

Why You Need More Road Trips In Your Life

April 21, 2017 / By Chris Oudean I love road trips. They can be an extravaganza of roadside attractions and scenic vistas, or a perfect way to relax in the seated position while also getting a taste of the outside. It beats tv on the...

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April 14, 2017

Trip Review: Cadillac Ranch

April 14, 2017 / By Chris Oudean & Katie Hnatik Cadillac Ranch is a roadside attraction on the outskirts of Amarillo, TX that has more meaning and history than is obvious at first glance. It’s made up of 10 Cadillacs planted nose...

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