Norther Colorado Mini Maker Faire

Yesterday, I attended the first Northern Colorado Mini Maker Faire.  For those that have not heard of Maker Faires, watch the following YouTube video or accept this explanation:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on: Earth a family friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

The Maker Movement has been rapidly gaining momentum and it is very exciting to see it in my new home of Northern Colorado.  What I like about the Maker Movement and Maker Faires is that it is the ultimate celebration of DIY.  This group is a socially and technologically diverse group who are excited by and for anybody who makes things.  It includes people who sew with old-tyme spindles to people who build robots with open-hardware Linux computers.  If you have a creative spark, or want to get one, you should visit a Maker Faire.

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Hiking to Greyrock Mountain, Colorado

One of the great aspects of living in Fort Collins, besides Tour de Fat, hosting stage 6 of the Pro Challenge, the New West Fest and the upcoming FORToberfest, (basically, Fort Collins festivals are all about bicycles, bands, and beers) is living close to some amazing hiking.  On Saturday, we hiked to Greyrock Mountain.

Ok, not all of the hike around Greyrock is this brown...
Ok, not all of the hike around Greyrock is this brown…

We arrived just before 9 am and the trail parking lot was already full, although you can still park on the street.  The trail starts with a bridge over the Poudre River.  We hiked up the Meadow trail first.  Unfortunately, a lot of the forest in this area is burned, which gave me some appreciation into the scale of these fires.

Entrance to Greyrock hiking is via this bridge.
Entrance to Greyrock hiking is via this bridge.

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Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: Mills Lake

After a winding 1.5 hour drive from Fort Collins through Estes Park, we arrived at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.  By 8:30 AM the small parking lot at Glacier Gorge was already full, so we continued down the road and parked at the Bear lake parking, which had plenty of room.

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The hike from Bear Lake to Mills Lake and back again. That’s Long’s Peak in the top left.

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