No shame in being Basic you all! I love the little things that come with fall.
Seriously, why do we mock the things that make the world a happier place? In a sea of crappy news and unsettling politics I am damn well delving into a sea of things I love, when I can.
That means enjoying some pumpkin pie spice flavored coffee and fuzzy pajamas. I will take my Girl Scout troop to a corn maze and I will go buy some pumpkins and carve them into some awesome designs. I will wear my black boots with skinny jeans and cute socks and all my scarves. Because these are things that make me smile. These are things that make my little life joy.
So this season I encourage you all to just love the things that bring you joy. If you love leaves, go roll in some. If you love pumpkin patches, frolic in one. Because, who cares? The reality is that your joy and helping small community farmers will bring happiness to someone else.
One of the reasons that I love this stuff so much is because I grew up in the mountains where fall was such a short amount of time we barely enjoyed it before it was all gone. At 9,500 feet above sea level, the leaves change in September and by October 10th they are gone. There are no pumpkin patches or corn mazes because nothing grows that high. And the journey to such a thing was at least two hours away, a trip my parents could not afford.
Yet, with all of these restrictions my mom made the most amazing treats in the fall and winter. Caramels and leaf cookies with brown sugar. Pumpkin pies you wanted to sink into and die because they were so divine. Roasts and potatoes and carrots that were perfectly savory and bone warming after cold days feeding horses and cows. There was always sweet and spicy hot chocolate and apple cider. All of it brings me a smile just thinking about it now.
So while I dreamed of haunted carriage rides, I had the divine sweets to make up for it. So to honor the fun, and my earliest memories of golden aspens, I delve into the joys of autumn with a happy heart and a love of all things.
I hope you do too.
What are your favorite seasons? What do you love to do?
Colorado has had a hot summer, along with much of the United States. With the heat comes the discomfort of not having great air conditioning at our apartment and many other homes in the area.
When the days hit the 90s and up to 100, many of us take to the mountains, or the Poudre river and finally, our Horsetooth Reservoir. “Horsetooth” (as the locals call the area) was established in 1949 and was created to stabilize the water system of the region. Since then it has been a great recreational area for locals and visitors.
This summer a friend of mine encouraged me to try Stand Up Paddle Boarding at the reservoir as a way to have fun and try a new skill. I found a new sport that has proved to be a great way to cool down and have fun.
I took my stepdaughter on my first times out, and the second time for a chance to really experiment with a SUP (Stand up paddle board). I found my spills into the water a hilarious and amusing way to cool off. Paddling meant a great workout and just enjoyable to take in the scenery and other paddlers. Our favorite is seeing those with dogs on their boards who are having the time of their lives.
If you want to check out paddle boarding on Horsetooth Reservoir the best area is on the North Shore (Satanka Cove). This area has less people in motorized water crafts (I’ve only ever seen jet skis).
There are two companies that operate rentals on the shore, and both charge approximately $20/hour. They have life jackets included in the rental price, and two smaller people can comfortably fit on a board. It’s a great experiment in balance and fun. If you want to try something more intense yoga classes are held regularly.
Comedy Overlook Rentals
For weekends you can sometimes hold a rental to ensure you get your board.
Parking and access to the reservoir is $7 for the day per vehicle.
Most importantly, have fun and Happy Travels!….
If you are around kids, work with kids, volunteer with kids, or even just do family outings here are some quick tips on keeping tabs of your herd.
1. Make a detailed day plan
- Start with a meeting and departure time, make sure everyone know where and when. Stick to this plan as much as possible, and only allow for some plan deviation.
2. Find an identifier
- If your kids are a group/troop/ have a uniform of some fashion, encourage wearing it out and about.
- Additionally, have something else each child wears. We do bandanas, all green, just so we can see a kid from a distance and know it’s our girl with the green headband.
- Our Girl Scouts get green bandanas.
3. Be prepared
- Be ready for any and everything, especially little kids. I have wet wipes in my car, I carry a first aid kit, and snacks are a must.
4. Plan on someone being short
- Not on height, but money. Inevitably someone will not have enough for their slice of pizza or souvenir, or someone will just lose their money. Bring some extra cash to fill in the gaps. If it’s a lot of dough, ask a parent to fix it later.
5. Permission Slips
- If you are part of a formal group especially, DO NOT FORGET PERMISSION, in writing, on a piece of paper, have contact information. Even if you don’t NEED a permission slip for group purposes, check your outing location to make sure everything is signed off and ready. Nothing would be worse than getting somewhere and someone not being able to go.
6. Make sure everyone can Enjoy
- In order to teach kids to think of others, and ensure everyone has a good time make sure your outing is friendly for everyone. Sometimes a child is diabetic, make sure they can eat or treat properly for where the group is going. Sometimes a child is too small for the roller coasters, make sure that everyone helps plan a day for everyone to get to enjoy many activities. Whatever it may be, look into the limits for your group and try to help everyone create a great day.
7. Capture the Memories
- Don’t forget your camera or cell phone to make sure you can get photos of your day to share with the kids for later in life, or black mail. Parents that are unable to attend will also enjoy the fun!