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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.

Mountain and Desert Racing Cyclocross

Cyclocross and Designated Driving

It was a hard day. I played with kids all morning while Dennis rode, then I went to the cyclocross race to help and do the announcing. It was really fun to cheer on my friends, meet new people, and watch the sun set.

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But I didn’t get to ride until later. I left the race venue around 9? 10? Drove home and got dressed in my bike clothes, and rode on the Riverfront trail to pick up Dennis at our friend’s house, as we had planned. He wanted to try some new adult beverages, so I rode over to be the designated driver.

I’ll be honest, I was pretty tired after 8 hours at the race venue. I had to work pretty hard to psych myself up to ride in the dark- but I did. I decided that even though a lot/all of the ride was going to be on pavement, I’d take The Stig (my mountain bike). It made all the downhills very very fast and fun. I was jumping curbs and dodging light posts- as if I were riding drops and dodging trees on a downhill run.

You can see my ride HERE.

Double Duty

“Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didn’t expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you.” 
― Jillian MichaelsUnlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life

Rode out with Dave and Klishy this morning to check out a potential site for a cyclocross race.

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In the afternoon, I met up with Melinda, and my friend Mark, who I met by picking him up while hitchhiking. I wasn’t the one hitchhiking. He was. And I was all alone and I picked him up. We had a nice chat and I drove him and his kayak up the river. We’ve been friends since. He’s maybe one of the coolest people I know.

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