Travel Tips and Green Living

What's in my car emergency kit

What's in my car emergency kit

As I write this, Colorado is facing the possibility of a second bomb cyclone in a month. It's typically a historic event, but here in the wild west, we do things big. This winter brought record avalanches; last summer we experienced a drought that contributed to deadly wildfires. We're sure to have flooding soon, as the snowpack melts.

Quite frankly, none of that is the reason I carry a car emergency kit year round.

When you live near the mountains, you learn that anything can happen, at any time, without the warning that comes with a bomb cyclone. When it's 95 and sunny in Denver, snow might be falling--and blowing--at the top of Pikes Peak. At least one vicious hailstorm will break windshields every year. Despite the state's best efforts, rock slides happen, randomly shutting down highways.

Add to that your usual traffic accidents and weather concerns, and Colorado drivers really need to be prepared for anything. So I set it and forget it (except to replace expired products). Here's what I keep on hand.

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Travel tips for Glenwood Hot Springs

Travel tips for Glenwood Hot Springs

Close your eyes and imagine, for a moment, soaking outdoors in toasty, steaming waters filled with skin-smoothing minerals while the fresh, brisk mountain air of the Rockies intermittently cuts through the warmth of the brilliant Colorado sun. 

Aaahhhh. Sounds magical, right? 

It really is ... for the most part. But looks can be deceiving, and tushies can be frozen, if you don't know quite what you're in for. We did some learning in our first hot springs visit this winter; check out these travel tips before you take the plunge at Glenwood Hot Springs.

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Zero-Waste Travel Tips

Zero-Waste Travel Tips

It was the shoes that did me in.

I've traveled to all kinds of wonderful places where keeping things clean is, quite honestly, pointless or impossible: Tegucigalpa, Honduras, so impoverished and crime-ridden as to be named the murder capital of the world; the countryside in China, where the homes are sometimes caves and stenches rise from the shower drains in the nicest hotels; the countryside in Uganda, where your meal is cooked over an open fire and running water is likely to come out of the tap brown, if it's available at all. I've had almost every vaccine in the book for my trips. 

The point? I'm not super prissy. I can hike for six days without a shower and pee outside. 

But when searching for zero-waste travel tips, I was really stuck on options for shoes.

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Tips for Snow Tubing at Frisco Adventure Park

Tips for Snow Tubing at Frisco Adventure Park

Maybe, like me, you're not a fan of high-speed sledding. (All that jolting and bruising!) And maybe, like me, you're not fond of the cold, either. (I legitimately worry about losing toes.) But tubing in Frisco, just a little more than an hour west of Denver, was seriously some of the most fun I've had in a long time. 

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