Scientists measured sound levels at 492 places — from city parks to remote federal wilderness. They calculated that in nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48’s parks, the noise can at times be twice the natural background level because of airplanes, cars, logging, mining and oil and gas drilling.
Pickleball turns half a century old yet continues to be a discovery to many.
Enter Colorado’s longest alpine slide, measuring 3,030 feet long in Winter Park, Colorado.
“It has a vertical drop of 615 feet. It’s a pretty good ride if you want to go as fast as you can,” explains Steve Hurlbert, director of public relations for the Winter Park Resort.
So you wander down the mountain as the minutes go by. The trees are bigger here. The smell of the pine is overwhelming, like being in a frigid sanitized bathroom. A squirrel has a scary tantrum when you reach into a tree to shake the snow off a contender for being the perfect tree.
At the end of the lesson, I still couldn’t ride a bike with the confidence and balance of an energetic, granola-munching Boulderite, but I think I managed to ride for a solid 10 seconds without Gene holding onto the bike, and that was good enough for me.
Gold is a heavy, lazy mineral. It will pick the path of least resistance and often move in a straight line through a meandering stream
With just a few modifications — and while you can drop several hundred in this area, you really don’t need to if you’re just looking to log a few miles outside of the rare blizzard — you can easily spend all 12 months on two wheels in Colorado.
“Get in the hole!,” one of his foursome screams as his weathered, multi-colored ball rolls toward the hole.
“One of the requirements on the test trips is to identify 100 birds by sight and 40 by sound,” Hugh matter-of-factly explains. As if just anyone can do that.