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Calhan Painted Mines Fantastical Geology, Magical Color

Painted Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan, Colorado.


Exploring a unique landscape of colored clay beds and white sandstone caps eroded into spires and hoodoos, canyons and alcoves.



Searching for Ghosts in Gilman, Colorado
Abandoned train station at Gilman, Colorado.

Exploring the abandoned mining town of Gilman, Colorado ... a full townsite perched on a mountainside and a train station complex beside a river in a valley.

A Three-Hour Tour - My Various Adventures Around Nederland, Colorado
4x4 road to Kingston Peak. Colorado.
A variety of 4-wheeling and hiking adventures that I've completed in a 3-hour round trip from my home in Nederland. I am so fond of international travel, but my own area is rife with historical remnants from our mining history and completely surrounded in beautiful Rocky Mountain landscape ... if I were visiting Colorado from a foreign country, I would surely put this area on my itinerary. And I'm lucky enough to have it in my own backyard.

See:  Kingston Pass 4x4 route, Gamble Gulch 4x4 route, Caribou Ranch historic and nature walk along Switzerland Trail RR tracks
If you want to check out my backyard in Nederland, stay with me at my guest studio! Make a booking HERE

Colorado Wildlife - Photos of the Animals Near Me in Nederland


Pretty much what the title says! Animals literally in my backyard and in the nearby beyond. Bears, bobcats, foxes, moose, elk, deer and more. 


My Own Backyard - Glenwood Springs/Steamboat Springs
Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Photo by Shara Johnson

Beautiful Fish Creek Falls, bountiful wildflowers, big swings (actually, gigantic a swing), magical caves and unlikely Vaudeville.

How to Alter Time
A canoe in the Yamp River, Craig, Colorado. Photo by Shara Johnson

Canoeing the Yampa River ... a beginner's journal.



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