Bolder and Boulder

It’s never a good sign when your tour guide warns you about dinner–as in how to prevent yourself from becoming a critter’s meal. “There are a few tips you should know in case you encounter [a mountain lion],” warns Ranger Rick Hatfield, who is leading a morning hike through Boulder Mountain’s lush Chautauqua Trail. “If you see one, don’t run away. Face it and walk slowly backwards. If it starts to move towards you, try to make yourself bigger.”

Right about now, standing 8,400 feet above sea level, I’m feeling awfully small.