Capturing Colorado Family Adventures

One of the things I love about living in Colorado, is that we do have four seasons. The variety keeps things interesting, and allows for different types of outdoor play different times of the year. And Fall means hiking and biking! No bugs.  Perfect temps for athletic endeavors. Gorgeous scenery of gold, orange, and red colored leaves.  It all makes for an ideal time to get the family outdoors for some adventuring. Capturing Your Family Adventure Memories I'm pretty good about taking pictures on our family recreates in the great outdoors.  I love looking back on past memories of the fun times we've had camping, fishing, and exploring.  This makes and preserves memories for us, as much as when we take a full-on vacation somewhere! Plus then I can share photos and video from our outdoor endeavors.  It keeps my family and friends up to date on the fun we've been having, which they love to see. And I'd like to think it also inspires other to want to go play outside, … [Read more...]

Tips for the Best Colorado Fall Drive & Family Adventure

You just can't beat Fall color in Colorado!  When those Aspen trees turn brilliant gold, and contrast against the Rocky Mountain evergreens... it's a breathtaking sight to behold.  Here's my "Insider List" of where the locals consider the best Colorado Fall drive.  Plus my tips on exploring a bit off the beaten path, and how to keep your kids excited about this awesome family outdoor adventure. A year-round outdoor lover, I'd have to say that fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.  I've polled the experts, and seen many of these for myself.  Here's my Insider List of best fall drives. Top 5 Colorado Fall Drives NORTHERN - Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park CENTRAL - Kebler Pass, part of the West Elk Loop that ends in fun ski town Crested Butte CENTRAL - Grand Mesa Byway (My favorite! More on this below), 45 minutes from Grand Junction SOUTHERN - Last Dollar Road, from Ridgeway to Telluride, both awesome mountain towns DENVER AREA - Guanella … [Read more...]

Why You Need to See Colorado in the Fall

A year-round outdoor lover, I’d have to say that Fall is my absolute favorite season in Colorado.   The Fall colors in Colorado showcase a breathtaking mix of golds and greens, as the Aspen trees start to change color and contrast against the pines. There are numerous driving routes through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, available to behold this Fall splendor.  There's also an extensive trail system available for exploring, as the state is filled with outdoor lovers who love to go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and 4x4 off roading. Here are some ideas on best bets for accommodations, keeping your kids excited about the adventure, my favorite Colorado scenic drive, and when to come visit. Colorado ~ Where To Stay First off, what are your options for accommodations?  Well, I say go native.  And by that I mean... embrace a nice cabin with a fireplace and hot tub, if  you can! If you’ve never staying a luxury lodge style cabin… you are in for a pleasant surprise.  … [Read more...]

Family Mountain Biking Adventure Puts Sharpie Extreme to Test

About a decade ago, my husband and I moved our young family to Colorado.  We both loved the outdoors, and wanted our kids to grow up with an enjoyment and appreciation of camping, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. At last we've arrived at the stage in our children's lives where we can all hit a mountain biking trail, each riding our own bike.  Having stuck primarily to hiking for these past few years... this is an exciting development!  It was a rocky start the first few times out, but I've picked up a few family mountain biking tips along the way. So we were excited when Sharpie Extreme approached us, offering to send us on a family outdoor adventure.  The Sharpie Extreme line of permanent markers is particularly well suited to marking your outdoor gear, so they wanted us to put them to the test while mountain biking. Mission accepted! Getting the Family Ready for Outdoor Adventure Getting your family outdoors for an adventure can feel extreme.  Depending on the … [Read more...]

Family’s First Colorado Snowshoeing Adventure

Living in a valley in Western Colorado has it's definite advantages.  Take the Spring weather, for instance, where days can be sunny and 60+ degrees... yet snowshoeing in 6 feet deep fluffy snow is just an hour away.  We recently headed up to the Grand Mesa, to try my family's first Colorado snowshoeing adventure. Although I've snowshoed a couple of times in the past, and my daughter's grade school class has taken two snowshoe field trips, this was our first outing as a family.  How would my 4 yr old son do, who although in possession of boundless amounts of energy, often proves to be a lazy hiker? Family's First Colorado Snowshoeing Adventure We drove up to the top of the 10,800' Colorado Grand Mesa on a Saturday in late February, and conditions were great. Temperature in the high 20's Fahrenheit, with no wind.  Having some gorgeous high-altitude sun beating down would have been even better, but we still weren't cold.  We dressed in layers, and brought snacks and water.  And of … [Read more...]

Fall in Colorado (…and Finding a Lost Love)

One could argue that the combination of Aspen trees turned golden, interspersed with evergreens, against the back drop of the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful sights offered up by nature. Behold Fall in Colorado! From my valley home location, I can literally gaze up and do a visual check of the Fall color level on the ginormous, nearby Grand Mesa.  It was clearly peaking.  So it was clearly time for my family to head up last weekend and soak it all in.   As you drive up the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (Hwy 65), you'll pass the Powderhorn Ski Area.  Shortly after that, on your right will be a rest area and fairly large parking lot pull off, at the base of a cleared hillside. This is what locals call "Old Powderhorn", the site of the original ski hill, turned  to the very-fun-yet-somewhat-treacherous sledding hill of today.  There's a scary disclaimer sign with death and paralysis warnings.  No life threatening ice and snow last weekend, though... and this is a great spot … [Read more...]