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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hiking Bob

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I own a drone and rarely fly it because I am worried I will offend someone or break some law I don't know about. What a waste of 1200 bucks. I think there is a time and a place for drones, I just wish people wouldn't get so worked up about them. If you fly around 200 feet, you can't hear it, at 400 feet, you can't even see it, what's your issue really? Ever seen a diesel truck, like a ford just spew out diesel fumes every time they punch the gas pedal just to do it and make a big cloud of black crap... now that upsets me, but you don't see me going crazy.

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Posted by Jeff Powers on 08/10/2017 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Road Trip Hike: Grizzly Lake

The senior pass is for mature folks 62 and up not 65.

Posted by larryebogue@gmail.com on 07/16/2017 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

not like a photographer, click click click click disrupting the peace and quite of the forest constantly harassing wildlife with their incessant clicking.

drones used responsibly are no more annoying then a conversation between hikers, the sound of an approaching hiker, or a photographer taking picture after picture.

and chasing birds off. in most cases, i've seen raptors interested in drones, as are smaller birds. a responsible drone user won't harass wildlife or people. just enjoy using their camera that just happens to fly.

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Posted by Joshua Hiebert on 07/13/2017 at 11:37 PM

Re: “Making lasting memories after life

What a great way to honor someone's memory. My grandmother told us that at her funeral she wanted us to sing happy uplifting songs. In a way it reminded us of how positive she was all her life. Thank you for sharing your experiences, he seemed like a good guy. http://www.michels-lundquist.com/our-services/

Posted by Jack Tichener on 07/13/2017 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

Bob,

So you want kids banned from National Parks because they might also disrupt your quiet time? How about dogs?

You have this mistaken belief that your desires are more important than others.

Next, you are giving out bad information. I can fly a drone over a National Park, a city park and a county parks. I just may not take off or land from them. They do not control the airspace over the park, only the land.

Drone operators may not harass wildlife or fly directly over people.

If you are going to write about this stuff, you might want to actually learn the laws instead of thinking you know what they are, or what you hope they are.

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Posted by Jimmy Cline on 07/10/2017 at 7:29 PM

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?

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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

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