After our second foray into Yosemite National Park, we ventured north to Lake Tahoe for two nights before driving for two days to Boulder, Colorado. We didn’t do much in Lake Tahoe aside from loading up on good food (there are many good vegan friendly joints in South Lake Tahoe, and a high quality natural foods store), catching up on sleep (in an actual bed NOT in a tent!) and watching mindless TV at Motel 6 (reruns of COPS and Dog the Bounty ).

Boulder was to be my home base for the week, while Alison flew back to Minneapolis for five days to attend a conference.

We found a very cute cabin about 2 miles from the Pearl Street area in Boulder, right on a bike path. Every morning I would go for a run, take the dogs to the dog park (a very large one), and check out one of the many vegan or vegan friendly restaurants.

One day I even ventured north to Estes Park, a small town that is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, for a hilly 10K race at close to 8000ft elevation. I survived.

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Duke and Spike hung out in the car while I ran. It was nice and cool in the morning (the race was at 7:30am) and afterward we went to the Estes Park Dog Park on the shore of Lake Estes.

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With both the dogs and I pooped out, I did a long drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, after stopping for a vegan smoothie.

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Boulder is close into the mountains, and the Flatirons (note how the rock faces look like irons) area is especially scenic.


I met up with a friend who recently moved to the Denver area, Robert Cheeke, and we hiked to the Flagstaff summit and caught up after not seeing each other for many years. The wildflowers were just starting to come out.

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Alison returned to Denver, and I picked her up from the airport and we began our three day cross-country drive to Philadelphia to meet my family and then it was on to the Jersey Shore for a wedding.

Boulder was a lot of fun. I could see myself spending a lot more time here.

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