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KNOWN THINGS THAT STRIKE PRIUSES/PRII FROM ABOVE IN BOULDER
Amazingly, there are zero injuries related to those stories.
If you know of other things that hit Priuses from above without injuring the cars’ owners, please submit them to me by email at dave at big green boulder. If you know of things that hit Priuses and do injure the cars’ owners, I may have to start a sub-list.
Recently, we posted on a Boulder ballot issue over a loan that would help make the Boulder County jail more energy efficient. That got us thinking about other jails.
Here are a few other interesting jail-related green items from around the country:
At the Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Washington, inmates of the minimum-security facility, raise bees, grow organic tomatoes and lettuce, compost 100 percent of food waste and even recycle shoe scraps that are made into playground turf. The program was facilitated by the Sustainable Prisons Project.
If it’s yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down, but not very often Read more
We already listed five spots to see fall foliage near Boulder, but since we’re in the thick of it now, here’s another list of seven places to see fall foliage in Colorado — have a great weekend of looking at leaves, by car or by bike!
East Portal Trailhead: From Rollinsville, take Rollins Pass Road (gravel) east for just over 8 miles to a parking area near the Moffat Tunnel. Heart Lake, Fugere’s favorite hike, is a 4.2-mile jaunt from here, but trails branch off to other alpine lakes and passes. “The gorge the train goes through has a wide variety of aspen, and it’s an area that hasn’t been hit as bad by the beetle blight,” she says.
West Magnolia trails: Mountain bikers can access these trails from CR 130 (the road to Eldora) or the Peak to Peak Highway; then choose your own adventure. “It’s a lot of little loops,” says Barrow. “You could ride for 20 minutes or two hours.” Maps are available at bma-mtb.org.
Switzerland Trail: To follow this old railroad grade in the foothills between Left Hand and Boulder canyons, park at the trailhead off on Sugarloaf Mountain Road, or ride or run up from Boulder Canyon via Fourmile Canyon Drive, then Wall Street (gravel). Thompson thinks that if you ride Fourmile Canyon to Wall Street, it’s the best dirt ride in town (cyclocross or mountain bike). Castro likes it for running too, citing its quick access from town.
Bobolink/South Boulder trails: The Bobolink Trailhead is on Baseline Road, just west of Cherryvale Road. For the first stretch of the trail south from here, cyclists have a different but parallel trail, but you’ll still see the cottonwoods lining the creek. Open Space and Mountain Parks has trail maps on its Web site, ci.boulder.co.us.
Castro says the 2.9-mile stretch from South Boulder Road to Marshall Road is popular with runners because it gives you a number of options, like exiting onto Marshall for road pick-ups. Read more
Sometimes a lightning storm at night seems like the perfect end to a day — a free show and sounds that we’ve come to know as soothing, for whatever reason. But every year, Boulder gives us plenty of reasons to fear lightning, and here are a couple for the next time you find yourself staring out at a spectacular lightning show. Read more