Sunday, February 2, 2014

10 Essentials for Survival

The following is a quick list of items that you should bring with out on any outdoor adventure.  You can never predict when injury or sickness may strike, but having these items can help improve your chances of getting back to civilization after any catastrophe.  

  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. First Aid
  4. Map
  5. Compass
  6. Flashlight or headlamp
  7. Knife
  8. Matches or other firestarter
  9. Extra clothing
  10. Sunscreen

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Giving Away Salmon- 2013

Unfortunately it has been a couple weeks since I last checked the CPW page, but if you can get to the area of Dolores, Colorado this Thursday you can take part in the Kokanee Salmon giveaway.

The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will be giving away salmon at Joe Rowell Park on November 7, 2013.

Here is a link to the CPW press release:

Check out some more of my posts on Salmon:

Learning To Cacth Salmon
Smoked Salmon Recipe

Want to catch your own salmon?  Check out the video below for some of my favorite lures and info for salmon:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bear Creek Lake State Park Flooding

Thanks to record  amounts of rain hitting northern Colorado in September of 2013, the rivers along the front range grew from small streams and rivers to roaring torrents.  The heavy water flow built over several days and cumulated with the rivers overflowing their banks and hurling debris downstream.

Below are some photos that I took from Bear Creek Lake.  It shows some of the flooding that hit Evergreen and flowed through the town of Morrison.  The dam at Bear Creek Lake was one of three built to help protect Denver from flooding.  Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park also were built to contain potentially damaging flood waters from overwhelming the city of Denver.

Based on the amount of water that was at the lake, I would say that the dam did the job it was designed for.  The water level rose dramatically over the average height, but output towards Denver was closely managed and released at a level that reduced the chances of flooding.  

Flooding at Skunk Hollow Picnic area, Bear Creek Lake.
Bear Creek Lake flooding from Pelican Point.

Bear Creek Lake flooding from Pelican Point.

These photos were taken with an iPhone 4s in panoramic mode.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

10th Mountain Division Hut Below Homestake Peak

Spread across the mountains of central Colorado are a series of huts built to honor the 10th Mountain Division soldiers that fought in World War II.  The huts are available for rent and can hold a whole group of hikers or cross country skiers.

I personally wouldn't call these beautiful buildings huts, but rather cabins.  With wood burning stoves to fight the chill of the altitude and winter nights, to kitchen facilities, these accommodations take take the most grueling cross country trip and turn it into a luxurious evening of relaxation and story telling.

The hut below sits along an open grass field with Homestake Peak in the background.  Whether you are hiking up to Slide Lake to fish, or climbing Homestake Peak, there are amazing views back towards Leadville.

10th Mountain Division by Luke Parr on
10th Mountain Division by Luke Parr

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Excelsior Geyser Crater, Yellowstone National Park

Excelsior Geyser Crater is what is left of the Excelsior Geyser.  At one time it was known for eruptions that were 100-300 feet high and just as wide.  In 1888 Frank Hayns captured an image of the geyser erupting.  As the years passed the eruptions stopped and the Excelsior Geyser Crater is now more of a hot spring.  It pumps more than 4,000 gallons of water into the Firehole River every minute.

Even though there are no more eruptions, the Excelsior Geyser Crater has a beautiful blue hue thanks to the temperatures of the water that inhibit bacteria growth.

Excelsior Geyser by Luke Parr on
Excelsior Geyser by Luke Parr

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunset Coyote

Here is a photo that I posted on my Rocky Mountain Arsenal post.  This coyote was with a another running through the parking lots near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and the nearby Dick's Sporting Goods stadium.  I approached this coyote from the other side of the hill and popped up just enough to get the shot.  As soon as the coyote heard the shutter he took off running directly away from me.  Fortunately the only shot I could get off before he turned, was a decent one.

Urban Coyote by Luke Parr on
Urban Coyote by Luke Parr

Friday, August 23, 2013

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Eating Elk Carcass

I took this photo in Yellowstone National Park.  I've heard this grizzly referred to as "scar face."  There were three grizzlies that were eating on this elk carcass, but when we went by we only saw this one.  The grizzly was along the road pretty close to Mt. Washburn.  Out of all the grizzlies I have seen through out the park during multiple trips, about half have them have been along the road along the slopes near Mt. Washburn.

This particular grizzly has a radio collar so that it can be tracked by park personnel.

Grizzly Snack by Luke Parr on
Grizzly Snack by Luke Parr