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By David Kotzebue, Examiner.com

Volcanoes in Colorado? You betcha! One of the most famous, and a still-active volcano, is the Dotsero Volcano. It erupted some 4,000 years ago, and a mud flow crossed across what is now I-70. The Dotsero volcano, two miles northeast of the town of Dotsero is on the radar screen of the U.S. Geological Survey, which rates the threats of volcanoes across the country.

In the first comprehensive report on volcanoes since Mount St. Helens erupted 25 years ago, Dotsero was rated as a moderate threat for its potential to spew volcanic ash into the air and disrupt airplane traffic. Also active in our area is the Yellowstone caldera, which underlies most of Yellowstone National Park.

Dotsero, however is not likely to erupt in our lifetime. So, go ahead and climb it! The crater itself is north of the interstate, above the trailer park. The summit is at 7,316 feet, and the base is at about 6,155, making for an elevation gain of 1,161 feet, a moderate climb.

The reward of this climb is not only the 360-degree views, but diamond collecting! Low-grade diamonds can be found around the rim. Take some home!

While in the area, you may want to take in the great kayaking centered around State Bridge, just to the north of Dotsero. Dotsero is also home to 23 other mountain peaks, check MountainZone.com for details.

 


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As Library Hall fell to a hushed silence Wednesday afternoon, six monks dressed in traditional saffron robes closed their eyes and began their blessing ceremony.

Their chanting caused a vibration that was felt by all in attendance.

“You can feel the effects from their chanting and their presence here,” said Steamboat local Sarah Winter. “This is my first time seeing it but I think, with them here, it suddenly affects the person, the town, and it suddenly affects the planet.”

Throughout the rest of the week and weekend, Bud Werner Memorial Library's guests from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will continue to work on the Green Tara mandala sand painting. Library Hall will be open for visitors to witness the monks' progression as they patiently and skillfully create the painting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday.

Once the mandala is completed, the colorful sand creating the mandala will be swept up and placed in an urn during a closing ceremony that begins at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Each day, local residents and visitors are invited to participate in a community sand painting, which is an illustration from the bestselling Inky Adventure adult coloring book, “Secret Garden” by artist Johanna Basford. Participants layer the sand onto the design using authentic sand-painting tools.

“Because we are so secluded up here in the mountains, being involved with a different culture like this is such a great experience, especially for my two boys to see something like this, it's so powerful,” said Sheryl Kalley of Steamboat.

According to Khentul Rinpoche, head lama and spokesman for the group, the Green Tara mandala is a symbol of protection, health, happiness, wisdom, abundance and success in one's life.

For five days, the monks work diligently to create the mandala — the process derived from an ancient art form meant to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants.

“These people live lives that are full of compassion and dedication and that's what they do. They are masters at it,” Winter said.

For Ngima Sherpa, who is visiting Steamboat Springs after coming back from Nepal two days ago, there is great importance in being part of the ceremonies and witnessing the monks' work.

“They have a lot of meanings for why they are doing this but there is great importance in being part of this and seeing the culture of the buddhist community,” Sherpa said.

The mandala is a reminder to all to reflect on life and all that it offers.

“It's something that is here now and then it's gone, but it has effects that last,” Winter said.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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