The Mud Kingdom

A magical place, an independent spirit.

Tag: Adventure

  • The Quest to Heal My Broken Heart

    The Quest to Heal My Broken Heart

    Near the end of 2019, after four years of dragging my body along the trail of life, my physical health had degraded once again leaving me in the waiting room of my cardiologist’s office. The usual battery of tests could only tell them that something was wrong enough to convince my health insurance to pay…

  • Personal Blog: 2023-03 The Beast

    Personal Blog: 2023-03 The Beast

    I have been on a journey since I left Virginia back in November. From my old hometown of Herndon, VA, I packed my belongings into a small U-Haul van and drove up to Philadelphia, PA to pick up and move into my home on wheels. From there I crossed the American Midwest through Columbus, OH…

  • Trip Report: 2022-07 Mt. Evans, CO

    Trip Report: 2022-07 Mt. Evans, CO

    Mount Evans is a high peak in the Front Range and prominent Fourteener (14er) with a 14,271′ elevation summit. Along with several other peaks of the Front Range, Mount Evans dominates the skyline of a hundred miles of the great plains to the east. In March 2022, Clear Creek county approved a state proposal to…

  • Trip Report: 2022-07 Guanella Pass, CO

    Trip Report: 2022-07 Guanella Pass, CO

    Guanella Pass is a high mountain pass in the Front Range west of Denver. The pass, which has an elevation over 11,660′, hosts a scenic byway that connects I-70 in the north with US highway 285 in the south, and runs near a pumped hydroelectric power plant above Georgetown, CO. Trip Length Overnight Activities Camping,…

  • Trip Report: 2022-07 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO

    Trip Report: 2022-07 Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO

    The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve conserves the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising over 750′. Winds bringing exposed sand from receding lakes from the west deposited eroded sediment over a geologic time period of tens of thousands of years, forming 30 square miles of enormous sand dunes, estimated to contain over…

  • Trip Report: 2022-07 San Isabel, CO

    Trip Report: 2022-07 San Isabel, CO

    San Isabel is a little unincorporated community built around Lake Isabel, a old reservoir built in the Wet Mountains during the 1930’s to supply the CF&I Steel Plant in Pueblo, CO. Today the lake is managed by the National Forest service as a recreation area. Trip Length Extended Weekend Trip Activities Hiking, Swimming, Sightseeing, Cabin..ing?…