Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Spring

Mark All My Words

by Mark Miles

I’ve been fascinated with plants since I was a child. From my earliest memories, I can recall exploring in the woods, traipsing through undergrowth, building forts with sticks and twigs, admiring wildflowers, and feeling a profound sense of peace and tranquility in the presence of plants. They’ve always been a part of my life to one degree or another, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate their role not only in my own life but in human society in general.

One aspect of my appreciation has increased recently, and that is the health benefits of plants. I’ve discussed in a prior article (which you can read here) how I’ve dealt with prediabetes, obesity, and progressive cognitive decline after a period of poor diet in my twenties. Recently I’ve been beset with health issues relating to nascent food allergies, circulatory inflammation, and perforation of the…

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Fraser River Trail Winter Hike & Colorado River Trail Adventure

Saturday morning we awoke early in anticipation of racing up to the mountains for the weekend; Aspen was also eager to get a move on... as usual! With the Tahoe loaded, we had begun the journey west, with our first stop at the Fraser River Trail. We accessed the trail South of the Safeway Grocery … Continue reading Fraser River Trail Winter Hike & Colorado River Trail Adventure

Shared: Who owns the Arkansas River?

A federal lawsuit pitting an angler against a landowner on the Arkansas River seeks to clarify Colorado’s murky laws governing public access to streams and rivers. Colorado Springs fisherman Roger Hill has had repeated run-ins with Mark Warsewa, whose property spans the Arkansas River between Texas Creek and Cotopaxi. Hill likes to wade from public land nearby and fish in the river near Warsewa’s place. “I own the bottom of the river,” said Warsewa, who bought the property in 2006. Hill on Friday sued Warsewa in U.S. District Court, arguing the bottom of the river actually is public property. His lawyers point to a federal doctrine called “navigability for title,” which holds that if a waterway was used for commercial activity at the point of statehood, the state owns the stream bed and the public has access. Roger Hill fishes the South Platte. The lifelong fisherman has sued an Arkansas…

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Kenosha Pass Snowshoe

Saturday had started a bit on the slow side but once I got moving the plan was to go and find some snow, a rarity in Front Range these days. Originally, I was thinking about heading to the Geneva Basin Ski Area, an abandoned ski resort once owned by Roy Romer, the former governor of … Continue reading Kenosha Pass Snowshoe