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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hiking Bob

Re: “What's with those bent trees?

A Navajo Ancient "The Planter".........................Enjoy, Tom ...
https://youtu.be/SqfFHY7ZOIM

Posted by Tom Stauffer on 06/11/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

With some common sense, we can all have both a degree of peace and extraordinary video/photos. sUASs are still in their infancy. And with some creative thinking, we can make it right for all sides of this discussion. Those folks that care for quiet like Bob. Those that don't mind (like Odin), and those (like me) who just want a stunning angle to see something so beautiful (without interrupting Bob's hiking peace). Regulations requiring licensing, quotas for use in national and state parks (like x scheduled drone flights at a designated location(s) between y and z times). These are the things we have to think about. Similarly the way the gentlemen mentions ATVs, we can grow into this new sUAS age in an equitable manner. First and foremost is requiring licensing (and suspension) for even non commercial. What say you?

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Posted by Robert 1 on 06/10/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “New trail and Intemann Trail re-route in Section 16 and Red Rocks Canyon

All of the cyclists and runners with whom I've spoken are upset over the new sanitized sections of Intemann Trail. The technically challenging sections that some cyclists had to carry their bikes over are what made Intemann Trail special. Why dumb it down when there are plenty of easier trails for those who prefer them in the area?

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by JennyCraig on 05/12/2017 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Photo tour: West Woodmen Trail loop in Blodgett Peak Open Space

Parking is available at the Trailhead on Blodgett Ranch Trail. The parking restrictions mentioned in the article were removed in 2016

Posted by Andrew Bird on 05/09/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival has it all

Like!

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 05/05/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

The guy that fly drones for real estate you talk about scaring off birds are you exempt are you saying there is no birds around when you are taking photos of homes get real and for those people complaining about noise that a drone makes how about ATV or Dirt bikes that is the real noise this is the problem with the people it is OK for you to enjoy what you enjoy but not what others enjoy. This two face BS, we all need to get along and just enjoy life

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Posted by Timothy Higgins on 04/22/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Outdoor recreation and child development

Its a great article on recreational activities for children. Parents must more focus on their children physical sports activities rather than provide them more of electronic gaming devices while bringing them up.
Check it out to know more about recreational activities and outdoor sports
http://www.outacts.com/

Posted by Hunt Man on 04/08/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The camping trip from hell

A little rain and a dead phone and it becomes The Camping Trip from Hell? Time to man up.

Posted by Roger Williamson on 04/06/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The camping trip from hell

Smart phones have turned us into pussies.

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Posted by Roger Williamson on 03/24/2017 at 6:49 PM

Re: “What's with those bent trees?

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Posted by Barry Trester on 03/20/2017 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

Thank you Bob.

Posted by Anna Seufer on 02/28/2017 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Outdoor recreation and child development

Great post, Bob. I recently wrote about the same topic after reading Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods".

https://www.remainrestless.com/single-post/2017/01/27/Outdoor-Education-and-Its-Effect-on-Students

Posted by Outdoor Scott on 02/27/2017 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

Bob, thanks for your blog. What jumps out at me is Castle Rock's willingness to invest in a park - significantly, and make it a "budget priority." They get it! I've visited this park on a weekend and it's packed with active people. You better believe realtors are bringing out of town perspective buyers to see this park. I'm sure business leaders are doing the same with companies considering relocation.
I'm not saying we need to build a new $30 million dollar park. But we need to invest more in what makes this community great - our parks!

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Posted by Susan Davies on 02/27/2017 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

This may be the first time I've disagreed with anything Mr. Falcone has written, but in this case I don't think Colorado Springs should be faulted in this case:
The way that people use parks (and recreate in general) has changed dramatically over time - Garden of the Gods used to have observation platforms drilled into several of the rock formations, there used to be a dance/picnic pavilion just below Cheyenne Canyon, and much of Monument Valley Park goes unused because it was designed for the way people liked to stroll in the 1890's. On the positive side, the city hasn't actually stopped keeping up with some of the recent trends, we have do have BMX/Freestyle/DJ bike parks, Pickleball courts, frisbee golf courses, and modern playgrounds in the most popular parks.
The kind of development currently taking place in Castle Rock is a very modern kind of style based on the way people currently want to use parks (as outdoor fitness centers heavy on the equipment). How much do you want to bet that all the things they're putting in now will still be popular in 30 years when trends have changed again? If anything, Colorado Springs is incredibly fortunate that our current park system is open, simple, and adaptable. We have our many neighborhood parks and some fantastic open spaces which have retained their charm and utility for many decades even if they lack the latest fancy amenities.
If the city is to be faulted for anything, it's that the further south and further east you go, the amount of space set aside as parkland decreases and parks are often isolated instead of being part of a more continuous system - but those are flaws associated with the sprawling development, not specifically the result of a failure to seek out more public-private park development. Yes, we need more parks, and yes, the parks need more funding to preserve what we already have (have you seen the erosion occurring in north Pulpit Rock O.S. caused by inadequate stormwater drainage?), but building fancy new facilities in select public parks isn't going to save the system - in fact it might actually draw off funds that could be used better elsewhere.

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Posted by David E on 02/26/2017 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

Cities and counties shouldn't be taking on DEBT to build parks.

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Posted by CSIndyReader on 02/25/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Castle Rock's example of building great parks with diverse funding

I am sad to observe that there doesn't seem to be a town or city in Colorado which doesn't far exceed Colorado Springs in this regard. And that despite the fact that in terms of natural gifts of nature, Colorado Springs is the most blessed. It's all about the leadership. And luckily for us, that is subject to replacement and change. Vote.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mur on 02/25/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I was enjoying the plains and then saw and heard these giant oil rigs that smelt bad... Drones aren't really a problem. The few times I've seen a drone flying above me, I thought, " Wow cool, a drone!"; not, " STUPID INCONSIDERATE PUNKS TRYING TO RUIN MY TIME!!!".

I'd say, unless the pilot is being irresponsible or intentionally trying to disturb someone, let them be. If you're out to enjoy the outdoors, you'll be out there for more than 25 minutes, which is the battery life on those things.

Get over yourself.

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Posted by Garry Moyer on 02/22/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Waldo Canyon off limits to public for foreseeable future

We live in a culture of instant gratification. For many, it is hard to accept that after five years, Waldo Canyon is still off limits and might be for quite some time. But you can't rush Mother Nature. As the article states, "human activity in the canyon can also disturb the fragile eco-systems, further inhibiting the recovery of the canyon." The revegetation of Waldo Canyon should always supercede the public's *desire* to hike there.

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Posted by Sharon Foster on 02/12/2017 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Waldo Canyon off limits to public for foreseeable future

It's not only the unstable soil/sediment that poses a hazard, but now the tress have become unstable. The tops and whole tress are now falling & breaking when there are high winds. I've seen tops falling off & trees falling over at the roots that are now rotting. Any trails in the burn area would need trees cut up to 100 feet on either side of the trail so that hikers are safe. Rebuilding a trail on unstable soil also posses issues. Without ground cover the soil sloughs very easily and would require a lot of trail maintenance. I'm seeing all these issues at the Flying W Ranch were I built a 6,000 LF equestrian trail for a waterline. I understand people want to hike in Waldo Canyon, but be patient & let the regrowth help stabilize the soil. I've been in Waldo Canyon do mitigation, and have see the devastation.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Dave Dombach on 02/12/2017 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Avoiding disaster from the start

Can you imagine the conversation in that car that had them ending up splitting up . . . :)

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Posted by Kevin Walker on 01/16/2017 at 3:05 PM

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