An injured juvenile red-tailed hawk has made its home in a birch tree outside of the Falcon offices today. As rescuers work to get the hawk down from its perch, GPPers have generously shared their photos here:
The research for my book Touring Colorado Hot Springs involved a lot of travel around the state, soaking in hot springs pools and ponds, and meeting with hot springs management and staff. In the spring of 2011, these folks were all plenty busy preparing for the big Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off to hot springs season. Although most of the hot springs in Colorado are open year-round, that weekend through Labor Day is when they attract the most soakers. So I was pleased and relieved when the staff at each one made time for me, to show me around their hot springs, allow me to soak, and answer all my questions.
With fall here, triathlon and marathon season is in full swing. When you’re gearing up for some long runs, bike rides, or swims, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re thinking about proper nutrition. So, the big question on your mind probably is “Where do I get good nutrition information?” Everywhere you turn you’ll find different nutrition advice, and if you’re like most people, it can be just a little bit overwhelming! Well, it’s a good thing you’re reading this blog, because I’m going to give you some crucial tips for fueling during these long training sessions that is all based on sound scientific principles:
There is no better way to fully experience the change of seasons than to be outdoors. Fall air is cleaner, crisper, and the night sky seems at its most brilliant. Spend a few days outside in the fall and you begin to feel the changing rhythms of nature. The hot, lazy days of summer are long past and the expectation of what is to come seems to put birds and mammals on a frenzied time clock. Fall camping offers a renewal of activities that you may have put aside during the heat of summer and the cooler temperatures allow your pace to quicken along with the wildlife.
On August 25, a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park killed Richard White, who had been pushing his luck, approaching to within about 40 yards to take pictures. Then the bear dragged away the man's body, ate part of it and buried the rest of it, to save for later.
It's a wretched way to die, a terrible price to pay for a bad decision.
Back in late July, my girlfriend Allyson and I went to St. Thomas for a friend’s destination wedding. To make the most out of the trip, we decided to stay an extra couple of days to relax, soak up some sun (and some tasty beverages), and maybe do a little outdoor exploring to get away from the hotel. Booking a morning kayak excursion seemed like a pretty good idea.
If you’ve signed up to run a marathon this fall, then you’re probably deep into the training program that will hopefully carry you to your 26.2-mile goal. At this point, you wouldn’t want to make any major changes to your diet or workout schedule, and you certainly wouldn’t want to try anything different on the day of the race, be it new shoes, shorts, or drinks.
Still, you’ve got time to test a few products that could enhance your training, or that you may even want to include on your next Big Run, whether it’s a half-marathon, a triathalon, or even a Thanksgiving Day turkey trot. Here are a couple worth considering:
When I was 18 years old I wasn’t very weather savvy and rarely checked the forecast before I went into the mountains. I had been rock climbing for about three years, a sport I became impassioned with in high school, but I was not, at that point, very experienced.
My partner and I set out to do a Grade III climb in Yosemite, on a brilliantly sunny day in late May. Grade III is an all-day endeavor, and this particular climb was 1600 feet long and normally should take around eight hours to complete, with another two or three hours to descend back to the valley floor, via a completely different route. We were looking at a full day in the mountains.
When I became pregnant with my first, I knew instinctively that I did not want to spend the next nine months laying around playing Beethoven to my belly. Don't get me wrong – part of me really does believe that the things you experience in utero can have on impact on your personality later in life. Which is why I became a bit fixated with what I referred to as “the holy trinity” – rock climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking.