We have a winner! Perftangel was the first to PM me that she had all ten numbers. (I'll be PM'ing you reference your prize.)
For those of you who might be interested in the last two numbers and their corresponding Colorado info, here they are:
28 - 14'ers
According to common mountaineering theory, a true 14'er is a peak that exceeds 14,000 feet with a minimum of 300 feet of topographic prominence and Colorado has 53 of them, more than any other state. I didn't know that before, so this has been a learning experience for me.
(The second state on the list is California with "only" 12.) Three of the best known peaks are Mount Elbert (the highest at 14,433 feet), Pikes Peak (inspiration for America the Beautiful), and Longs Peak (inside Rocky Mountain National Park). Regardless of your level of hiking, you'll find a 14'er you can handle, but drink plenty of water, take it easy, be aware of the weather, and watch for the signs of altitude sickness. The only 14'er I've been on is Pikes Peak, and there was no hiking or climbing involved (unless you want to count the walk from the cog rail to the gift/doughnut shop). But I get to see Longs Peak almost every day in the distance, and it's a beautiful sight.
29 - Scottish Irish Festival
The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival is held over Labor Day weekend (the first weekend in September) in Estes Park. Events include jousting, parades, Celtic music concerts, Dogs of the British Isles parade and demonstrations, Irish dancing, Highlands dancing, and Tattoo Estes (a concert by military bands on the parade ground). And food...lots of food! And lots of kilts!! And this year the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be there. I saw it when it was here in Fort Collins and I'm glad I'll be able to see it again. Too bad they don't sell cross stitch charts there, but maybe I can pick up a couple more cashmere clan scarves.