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Hiking Chief Mountain, Colorado

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When planning my trip to Denver, I wanted to celebrate Halloween and go on an awesome hike. You may have noticed this year I did not hike much at all, which is unfortunate because with each year I crave it more and more. It did not take any convincing to get Frank to agree to something on the easy side and within an hour's drive of Denver. What a great friend! And what a great hike we chose!

The Chief Mountain trail on Chief Mountain in Arapaho National Forest gave us epic 360 views of the Rocky Mountains and everything else for miles and miles. I saw my first snow of the year up on the mountain - so peaceful and crisp, unlike New York City slush. Hanging with my friend, taking in the views and feeling the wind at the top made for one of the happiest moments of the year for me.

Hike Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Hike Time: It took us 4 hours because we sat at the top for a while and took a different route back.
Elevation Start: 10,740 ft (3273m)
Peak Elevation: 11,722 ft (3573m)
Temper…

Friendship and Halloween, Denver Style

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Hello, and welcome back to Denver, where you are greeted by this terrifying sculpture of Blue Mustang to and from the airport. This horse actually killed it's maker. I'm not even kidding, before this demon horse went up a huge part of it fell onto the artist, Luis Jimenez, and killed him after severing his artery. There are all sorts of other strange things happening at the Denver airport that I won't go into.


This is an appropriately morbid beginning to a blog post that has mostly HALLOWEEN photos!! You do know I love Halloween and dress up, right? It's just something that has never come up on the blog before! This year was the first time since I came to America at 5 years old that I was not in New York for Halloween!

Last time I went to Denver (in 2012) to visit my pal Frank, I was there for almost a week and there was hiking, a lot of hiking, never enough hiking; oh, and James and Frank calculating days of the week while playing ping pong. This time around I had bad…

Jaunt Around Austin, Texas

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Austin is the capital of the state of Texas. The population size is just over 900,000 people. It's got a bustling young people scene which comes with all sorts of hip restaurants, great music and music venues, and sweet shops. The people are incredibly friendly, nice, and easy to talk with. You can eat tacos anywhere and everywhere, and they seem to always be delicious. Texas used to be part of a huge Mexican state called Tejano until a tough war in 1835 through which Texas won independence from Mexico and became it's own country called the Republic of Texas. They were not a country for long due to poor planning, continued tension and fighting with the Mexicans, and a desperate financial situation. The Republic of Texas asked the United States to annex them a couple of times and in 1845 the U.S. finally did. This is the very abridged version of course, the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin provided me a good history of a part of this country that I know very little …