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Kristin Mastre

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Experience Fort Collins

By On March 3, 2017

Whew. It has been a month, people. It. Has. Been. A. Month. Sadly, I haven’t been hitting the trails as much as I usually do. Or writing on here, for that matter.… Read More

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Backpacking

Living A Bucket List Life: A Month in Four National Parks – Part 2

By On January 23, 2017

Click here to read Part 1 of the Bucket List Life Story…  It was the first weekend of July, and the first National Park to backpack in on this adventure was Rocky… Read More

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Fresh Air Fort Collins Best Of 2016

Fresh Air Fort Collins Best of 2016

By On December 26, 2016

Many people hate New Year’s Eve. Sorry to tell the haters, but it’s my most favorite holiday of the year. Yes, I love to drink and party, and that’s part of it.… Read More

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Backpacking

Living a Bucket List Life: A Month in Four National Parks – Part 1

By On December 23, 2016

This time last year, I made the decision to go on the adventure of a lifetime. I was sitting on the couch with my husband watching a documentary about Denali and Olympus… Read More

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Snowshoe: Bierstadt Lake Trail

By On December 15, 2016

Going on my National Parks backpacking trip this summer made me realize how I may take Rocky Mountain National Park for granted. It’s so easy to throw my gear in the back… Read More

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Adventure Guides

From Dirt to Duvet – Where to Stay in Steamboat

By On December 8, 2016

I love driving on long-distance road trips. I always have. In fact, my husband jokingly calls me “trucker blood” because of it. There’s something freeing about listening to hours of music and… Read More

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Gear Reviews

Tested: 2016 Holiday Gear Guide

By On November 23, 2016

It’s Thanksgiving Week! Which means Black Friday sales are coming up. And Shop Local events, too. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, I’ll be participating in Fresh Air Friday, along with Colorado… Read More

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Deep Thoughts

When The World Falls Apart, Head For The Wilderness

By On November 18, 2016

I’ve sat here at my laptop over the last week trying to pull out a story to share with all of you. Something to get you outside and enjoying our Colorado outdoors,… Read More

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Hike: Gould Loop

By On November 4, 2016

While parking lots fill up on the weekend and trails in town are packed with hikers, there are trails in the wilderness where only the moose may roam that day. Gould Loop… Read More

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Colorado Wildlife: Black Bears

By On October 19, 2016

“Have you seen this video yet? Be careful out there when you go hiking!” Messages like this filled my various inboxes for a solid week. No doubt we’ve all seen the video… Read More

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Hikes

Hike: Strawberry Park Hot Springs

By On October 13, 2016

One wintry afternoon the snow was gently falling and softly melting into the steam rising from the hot springs. I sat on a rocky ledge in the naturally heated water watching a… Read More

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Gear Reviews

Tested: Native Eyewear

By On October 6, 2016

I recently went to the optometrist for a new prescription for my contacts. He did some kind of funky optic nerve scan, essentially shooting lasers into my pupils to see how everything… Read More

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Deep Thoughts

A Woman in the Wild, A Mother of the Mountain

By On September 27, 2016

In all of my years of solo mountain adventuring, I’ve made some interesting observations on the reactions from fellow outdoor enthusiasts when it comes to being alone on the trail. Most of… Read More

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Hikes

Hike: LuLu City

By On September 13, 2016

Late summer-early fall hikes capture my attention since the season feels so short. There is a golden window of opportunity; the afternoon high alpine lightning storm are over, snow fields have dried… Read More

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Announcements

New Look, New Adventures!

By On September 1, 2016

It’s a new month with some new beginnings. As of today, I handed off Feasting Fort Collins to a new writer on our team in the Scoop Blog Network and I’m moving… Read More

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Deep Thoughts

National Parks: For The Benefit And Enjoyment Of The People

By On July 27, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. August 25th, to be exact. It’s a Centennial worthy of celebrating because without the NPS we wouldn’t have 407 amazing National… Read More