riding the riverfront trail grand junction

Staycation at Its Finest

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. -Denis Waitley

First, I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since I started this little blog. Obviously the last 2 years have been…well…formative.

Now that things are getting a little more settled for me- I’m in a totally solid relationship, we’re about to buy a house, I have a great job that I love and I still get to work on my own business on the side- I’ve decided I need to keep up on this little trail blog.

Also- Matt and I have decided to set a big goal for ourselves for 2017, and I will want to chronicle it with this blog. Best I get back into the habit of writing now and then!

ON this beautiful Indian-summer Sunday, Matt was sick. He hasn’t been feeling well for a few days so I let him sleep in whilst I extracted the kids on an adventure!

We started of just taking a drive into the Monument, up the west entrance. This was my plan: drink a Mt. Dew, listen to Rascal Flatts, and drive….as per my traditional tradition.

When we reached Otto’s Trail, I couldn’t help but want to get out and enjoy this immensely beautiful day. We hiked the .25 mile down to the view point and attempted a timed selfie. My phone fell over several times due to wind gusts on the precipice, but the laughter and image made it worth it.

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The autumn colors enhanced the scene.

We checked out a couple more viewpoints: Independence Monument viewpoint where we enjoyed a lecture on geography by the most petite ranger I’ve ever met. She was duly impressed with the knowledge my kids already possess.

The viewpoint at Artist’s Point was one I hadn’t actually climbed down to…so we did!

On our way out, back down the west-side [yes, I did a little ‘west side’ hand sign when I wrote that], where we encountered a herd of sheep headed down the road.

After checking in again at home, and partaking in a little snack and snuggly nap with Matt, I got the kids on bikes and we headed down the Riverfront trail to Edgewater Brewery. They have grown to LOVE riding their bikes.

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And I loved sitting and chilling out with a tasty drink and a light salad and running into friends and chatting and the sunshine and happiness and butterflies. Ha ha ha!

Here’s to a LOVELY and IDYLLIC Sunday in October.