Archive for July, 2008

Dragon Boats, Hula, & Brake Dancing – Sloan’s Lake

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

On July 26th, Dennis & I went to the Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan’s Lake. We were there with thousands of other people-enjoying a fairly low key cultural event.

Food at Dragon Boat Festival

The food vendors were lined up, happy to serve up various Asian fares. We had Thai for lunch, it was good quality for the quantity made-IMO. Here in the picture is Mango Noodle Shrimp (served cold), wide rice noodle chilli dish, and sticky rice.

Seconds after victory

After lunch, we watched some boat races, but we couldn’t really make out what was going on…so we walked over to where the racers were queing up. One of the race coordinators explained the ins and outs of Dragon Boat Racing. The primer helped us to get a handle on the excitement of the races.

Hula Dancer

We decided to check out the events under the Performance Art Tent. Just in time for Hula Lessons! Woo-hoo! (more…)

Day Hike – Solitude Lake – Glacier Gorge TH

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Clare at Mills Lake (9,955') Dennis at Solitude Lake  (11,400') Long's Peak, Keyboard of Winds, Pagoda, Spearhead, & Chief's Head
On Sunday, Dennis & I did a hike up to Solitude Lake (11, 400′), in an effort to climb Thatchtop Peak (12,668′). (more…)

Day Hike – Hallet’s Peak (12,713′)

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Hallet's Peak & Tyndall Glacier

Dennis & I hiked to the top of Hallet’s Peak (above) via Flattop Mountain (Below). The 10 mile hike took us 5.5 hours (11:30am to 5pm) and we had about 3,400′ of elevation gain.

Tyndall Glacier & Flattop (mid right)

I wonder why Flattop is distinguished as a separate mountain, when it seems to me it is a plateau. What are the USGS specifications for classification of mountains?

Clare & Dennis Summit Hallet's Peak, Long & Pagoda Peak in Background

Ypsilon Lake – Lawn Lake TH

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Ypsilon Lake Signage Clare at Ypsilon Lake (10,665')

Dennis & I hiked up the Ypsilon Lake Trail, starting from Lawn Lake Trailhead, RMNP. It is a moderate hike, up a ridge to a pretty alpine lake. The hike is ~9 miles round trip (to Ypsilon Lake) with 2,378′ of gain. The highest altitude achieved is 10,772′.

Check out Protrails for further information. (more…)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Clare & Dennis at Coors Field
Clare & Dennis Coors Field

Fireworks Finally

Dennis & I spent the afternoon/evening at the ballpark. The baseball tickets were a reward for good performance on a project at work (Thank you Lockheed Martin!). The company apparently has a section of seats reserved on the third level along first base, which offer a very nice view.

We go to the game not knowing a thing about the Rockies, how well they are doing in the season, who the star players are, or even if they are any good. (more…)