These are a few of my favorite things …

I am not one of those women who packs a lot of shoes. I like to travel with one carryon bag if I can get away with it. So while I may bring along a pair of fancy heels for dinners, the shoes I like to travel and sightsee in are my Merrells. Whether it’s their sneakers or sandals, I find that I can get away with just one pair. I’ve only been disappointed with their brand once when I purchased a pair of sandals that lasted barely two years before falling apart.

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.