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.
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.
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.