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Losing ground: More people means more houses, leaving fewer places to explore

Losing ground: More people means more houses, leaving fewer places to explore
Many of the places where kids could go explore, especially in the last few years in Greeley, were paved with asphalt and covered with houses. Snake Mountain, a small pocket of green where kids used to go sledding, was eaten by Wal-Mart. Large chunks of land beyond 59th Avenue between U.S. 34 and 4th Street are now subdivisions. And what's left is private land, signed and posted, either ready for sale or fenced away from the pubic.

Larry Rogstad still visits the place where he grew up in Oklahoma. But he doesn't go clamming in Quail Creek anymore. It's now a subdivision.

Gone with the wind

As the chances to explore outside are lost to subdivisions and well-lit streets, the idea of traveling to a world where cell phones don't work, where the Internet isn't available and where dinner might be a hot dog over a…

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