>Q. We will be in Colorado, and are thinking of hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. We'd like any recommendations for good, long hikes in the park. Additionally, we may spend a day or so in Boulder -- any good restaurant recommendations, particularly vegetarian friendly ones?

A. I recently spent an afternoon at Rocky Mountain National Park. Some trails that were recommended to me were the Bear Lake Nature trail for an easy but pretty hike. For a more strenuous hike, you can climb up Flattop Mountain for the panoramic views. Or hike Bluebird Lake or climb up Mount Richtofen. Another popular hike takes you to Alberta Falls, which is supposed to be beautiful.

As for restaurants in Boulder, I went to Mediterranean, which had a lovely outdoor area and lots of veggie dishes. I've also heard people rave about the Kitchen. Cruise down the Pearl Street Mall for dessert or shopping. I had the best frozen yogurt in a long time at Two Spoons.


>Q. I know Southwest has a policy that large people need to be able to lower the arm rests or buy two seats. I'm a bit perplexed as to what to do when they don't enforce it. I didn't want to be a jerk and report the guy who squeezed himself into the middle seat next to me, and it was only a 2 hour (gate to gate) flight.

What would you do in this situation? Page a flight attendant and ask for them to check (possibly setting yourself up for a worse flight if the flight attendant deems that they "pass")? Or just suffer?

A. Don't suffer! Southwest Airlines has an open seating policy, so your first step would be to find another seat on the plane.

If it's a full flight, but it hasn't left the gate, get up and discreetly mention your problem to a flight attendant. He or she should be able to determine if the two-seat rule needs to be enforced, and can deal with it.

If that doesn't work, you might have to suffer, but I would let Southwest know of your uncomfortable flight. A brief, polite e-mail to the airline should do the trick.

Adapted from the Flight Crew chat conducted weekly by the Travel staff of The Washington Post.