Summer is here - time for summer trips and outdoor fun.
Looking for ideas for fun trips in Colorado? How about cooling off at one of Colorado's alpine lakes. The June issue of 5280 has an article on seven great alpine lakes in Colorado - including Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon - just designated a National Natural Landmark. For the more adventurous try National Geographic Traveler's May/June issue on the best guided tours - 50 tours of a Lifetime. There you will find everything from walking with elephants in Zimbabwe to biking in Burma. If you are looking for a more meaningful trip you can help build a vegetable garden at a school and tour Haiti's cultural capital Jacmel. Five percent of the trip cost is donated to improving life in Haiti. Need vacation ideas for you and your best friend? Bark magazine has info on summer camps and lodges for dogs and readers' recommendations for dog friendly excursions.
And what's summer without cooking outdoors? The June/July issue of Saveur is all about BBQ - lots of recipes, tips, and techniques for the perfect barbecue. For the more serious cooks the July issue of Chile Pepper magazine has an article on the BBQ University in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor Hotel. Author and Chef Steven Raichlen will teach you the fine art and science of grilling, barbecuing and smoking foods. The 3 day package starts at $2500. Southern Living is offering a BBQ app for the iPad with how to demos and step by step advice. The app will set you back $7.99. But you don't need money to find great recipes for summer meals. Magazines like Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cooking Light and Vegetarian Times offer great ideas all summer long.