Gem Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park's breeding ground for leeches

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  We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, July 2, 2016 to check off another hike out of our book, Best Boulder Region Hiking Trails by Bette Erickson. Our objective? Gem Lake in the Lumpy Ridge area just north of Estes Park. The hike was supposed to be about 4 miles round trip but […]

Can Fitness Apps Do What They Claim? Part 2

Do you care how many miles your buddy just rode?


Is an app like Strava or Garment Connect the same as larger and more established mainstream social networks? In short, I don’t think so. I’m not using the social functions very much. Instead, I prefer to use the app as a data collector/record keeper. And while much has been written about the idealized portrayal of […]

Can Fitness Apps Do What They Claim? Part 1

A meditation on the wired mortal

Runner on mountain trail looking at smartwatch or sport watch, checking gps navigation position map or heart rate pulse trace, using heart monitor equipment. Sport and fitness outdoors in nature.

I’ve been working on a thesis about how athletes are using performance apps like Strava, Training Peaks, and the hundreds of others out there and recently I’ve been trying to nail down a good research question or two. So, I put together a list of over 30 questions that I have about their sudden ubiquity. […]


Tourist skier on ski-track

Peter Kray, author of “The God of Skiing” in an interview with @powdermagazine raised an interesting question for those of us who enjoy skiing and the outdoor life. Why do we do it? What’s the big deal? Kray accuses the media of portraying skiing as “cartoonish”. Movies rely on hard partying stereotypes and nude women. […]


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (New York: The Penguin Press, 2013)

“At a certain point in the late middle of my life I made the unexpected but happy discovery that the answer to several of the questions that most occupied me was in fact one and the same: Cook.”

And thus Michael Pollan begins his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. His is such a simple concept and that’s why I like it. He relates  going to the kitchen, preparing a meal and then enjoying it with someone you love to an act of rebellion as you show love for yourself, your family, the environment, the economy, your health, your state of mind, your understanding of the natural world and your place in it. If you want to get the most out of life in terms of your performance, health and lifestyle then read this book – perhaps while cooking.


“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” – Proverbs 27:12 I tend to pay the penalty a lot in golf. Whether it’s machismo, stupidity or operator error, I can’t tell you. I seem to think that I can do anything with the golf ball, that is, until it comes to execution. Occasionally, as the proverbial wisdom goes, it’s wise to play smart and within myself. Who knew golf was biblical?Golf_danger

Friend to the fatherless: how the death of their father affects our children


We watched the Watoto choir perform Sunday at the Boulder Valley Community Church. For those not familiar, Watoto is an “holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming number of orphaned children and vulnerable women in Uganda.” They seek to “rescue” individual orphans or women, “raise” each one as a leader […]