People have been flocking to Colorado since the 1800s. And while some may think green chili and legal weed are what put the state on the map, we actually have gold to thank for getting us rocky mountain high. But even some of the most thriving mining towns from the glory days were faced with abandonment. Whether it was from railroad route changes or rural depopulation, Colorado is now home to over 1,500 ghost towns. FIFTEEN-HUNDRED, y'all. And lucky enough for us, Vindicator Valley Trail puts us right in the action of Colorado's mining history.
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"How does one place get so beautiful?" Let me break it to you: The answer is almost always plate tectonics.
If you're going to Ireland, I'm sure your list is full to the brim of green activities, dark beer, and arguably the best accents on the planet. And while all these may be worth a hop and a skip to the Emerald Isle, you can't really experience Ireland without doing a road trip. And you can't really do an Irish road trip without doing the Ring of Kerry – a 179km road trip of beaches, lakes, islands, mountains, fields, and medieval ruins.
If you're thinking about going to the Galapagos and not burning through your wallet, San Cristobal is your best bet. There's plenty of free things to do here like swimming with marine iguanas at Loberia Beach and checking out the Interpretation Center, which also has a killer snorkeling spot nearby. Food isn't too expensive if you eat at Lucky's every day, and drinking Club every night rather than wine will save you a buck or two.
Somehow I got suckered into climbing Longs Peak.
14,259-feet-tall. 5,000-foot elevation gain. Twelfth highest peak in the lower 48. Colorado's deadliest.
"The sailing came a year later, when I wanted to cross the Atlantic Ocean without flying. Burning fossil fuels by the mega-gallon didn't seem like a sustainable way to travel, so I learnt to sail."
Ramen. We’ve all been there. But when you’re over the age of 22 and you’re trying to justify eating ramen four nights in a row, you’re going to have to spice it up a little bit - especially when living in a Mitsubishi Express and feeling your pockets getting lighter and lighter with every fuel stop and Tim Tam purchase you make.