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Armchair Adventure Series Spans The Globe This Summer

From Longs Peak to the villages of West Africa, from the mysterious mountains of Tibet to the sandstone towers of the American Southwest, adventure is in store this summer as the Estes Valley Library hosts its sixth annual armchair-travel series spotlighting extraordinary destinations. This popular series, titled “Our Wonderful World” takes place every Monday from June 4 to September 10 (excluding Labor Day). This year’s presentations will again be held in the spacious setting at National Park Village in the Rocky Mountain Opry Theater at 900 Moraine Avenue, next to the Other Side Restaurant. Each program begins at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Here is this season’s line-up:

Russia Today—the Old, the New, the Prosperous (on June 4)

For Milt Garrett, heading into the office for work means crossing 12 times zones. Garrett brings his tremendous insight into Russia’s culture and economy to this presentation, exploring the state of modern Russia and its resilient and resourceful people.

Bike ‘n’ Hike the Colorado Fourteeners (on June 11)

Climber Bart Miller spent seven weeks exploring Colorado’s Fourteeners with a special twist: he rode to the trailheads by bicycle. Combining cycling and hiking, this is the story of Miller’s ambitious and alluring journey.

Yellowstone in Winter—a Trilogy (on June 18)

Stan and Margaret Havlick have made three winter journeys to explore the beauty of snow-covered Yellowstone. Reflecting on 100 miles of trekking from the Park’s south, west and north entrances to Old Faithful, this program also offers tips on winter camping and gear.

Ghana West Africa—Travel with a Purpose (on June 25)

Kathleen Bennett’s two-month sojourn in Ghana merged teaching in a rural school with exploring the nation’s diverse attractions. Traveling independently, Bennett’s adventures took her scouting for elephants, then chilling out in the African music scene of Kokrobite Beach.

Colorado’s Fourteeners (July 2)

For Jim Swaney, it was “five in five, and the other 49 on quasi-mountain time”, as he shares his adventures on Colorado’s Fourteeners, having completed numbers 52, 53, and 54 (Pikes, Bierstadt, and Evans) in 2003.

Photography and Geology in the American West (July 9)

Photographic historian Andrew Herschberger shares his research and images from the rare books that showcase the early photography in and around national parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park.

Journey into Tibet (July 16)

Dale Vrabec shares his insight into Tibet through a video journey into the mysterious and mountainous land, followed by a discussion and analysis of the video footage.

Rambles in the Rockies (July 23)

Longtime adventurer Bill Briggs presents a retrospective of nearly fifty years of “rambling” in Colorado, from the Gore Range to the San Juans, from cycling adventures to marathons, from Eldorado Canyon to the Diamond.

Desert Towers of the Colorado Plateau (July 30)

Author Steve Bartlett discusses and shows images from “Desert Towers”, a book that brings to life the history of climbing on the great sandstone towers of the American Southwest.

Climbing Longs Peak—Every Month of the Year (August 6)

On December 11, 2011, Lisa Foster became the first woman in known history to have climbed Longs Peak in every month of the year. Foster has climbed to the Longs summit more than 42 times, and by 12 different routes, and her slideshow will explore climbing in all seasons.

Hiking the Canadian Rockies (August 13)

Brian and Linda Mitchell present their favorite day hikes in Canada, from Lake Bourgeau to the Gargoyle Valley. Drawing upon ten years of travel, they also explain the history of these areas and their wildlife—including grizzlies.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (August 20)

Tucked into a remote corner of Alaska and famed for its epic wilderness and wildlife, the Refuge recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Dr. Robert Krear was one of the original biologists involved in the Arctic Refuge’s establishment as a preserve.

Colorado’s Glaciers (August 27)

The Centennial State boasts 27 glaciers with official or unofficial names. These bodies of ice and snow are spectacular to behold, especially in winter. Explorer Kent Keller shares stories and photos from trips to these glaciers.

Caravaning in New Zealand (September 10)

Caravaning is popular way to see the beauty of New Zealand. Roger Truesdale gives a presentation on his travels through this spectacular country.

“Our Wonderful World” is presented as a learning opportunity that celebrates magnificent destinations near and far. The Library offers a special thank-you to Scott Webermeier and the staff of National Park Village, as well as the performers of Rocky Mountain Opry, for generously providing event space for this year’s series. For more information on the series, visit or contact the Library at 970-586-8116.


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