The Never Said It Would Be Easy, But It Is Zion.

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The last four years have taught me patience and humbled me with almost every new day. It has been far from easy to find my footing as a new mother and single parent, but it has been worth it. I won’t deny there have been days that have broken me and in those moments as I treaded barely keeping my head above water I know for certain I couldn’t see it. As a person that was very selfish in the respect that I did what I wanted, went where I wanted, and lived very minimally adding a child into the mix has opened my eyes to so much more.

In February I celebrated my son’s fourth birthday. Four years of change, four years of laughter, learning, tears, and damn, how did I manage to keep a tiny human alive for four years? Only by learning so much from him. We celebrated in a fashion quite appropriate for our little family, by heading to Zion National Park. In all truth this is the second time we have celebrated his birthday at this spectacular park. The first time being two years earlier on his second birthday.

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I can’t claim to have ever stepped foot in Zion during the busiest season of Spring, Summer, and Fall. In all honesty I have been scared away by the photos of crowds and rumors of heat. I can say that February is quite special though. There is generally a dusting of snow on the ground, you can drive into and through the park in your vehicle and most trails are empty. We spent two days roaming the entrance of the Narrows and many other shorter trails in which he could manage to hike the majority of the way with his own two legs. Quickly going are the days I eagerly carry him down the trail in his Deuter pack. He has gone from being a little peanut to thirty plus pounds of “I can do it on my own”.

In addition to the park being quiet, town is also very low key and hotels are affordable. All in all I highly recommend venturing out into this National Park during the off season when possible. zion-2019-3.jpeg

A Spring Fever Cure in Southwest Colorado

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”  ~Margaret Atwood


Growing up in season neutral southern California I never truly cultivated a sense or meaning behind the phrase Spring Fever. After spending a full year within the depths of the Rocky Mountains, I am experiencing first hand the subtle tug that occurs after the first short sleeve wearing, warm the skin, bluebird sky day. The only problem is that gentle tug quickly turns into a forceful push once the snow melts away and your neighborhood turns to mud. Then, before you know it you are dusting off the mountain bike and pulling out the rock climbing but just as you get the car packed it is inevitable that the next morning brings a fresh blanket of white fluff and chilling temperatures.


What is a cabin sick and adventurous soul to do?

For those who ski (or snowboard) and have the access (and knowledge) of backcountry terrain, this can be more often than not a time of pure magic (all dependent on Mother Nature, of course). Between ski touring, cross country skiing, or even snowshoeing your time for snow play is generally far from over! What if you are completely sick of the snow (if you can fathom the thought) and ready to get out under the warm sun with your shorts? Well, there is no better place than the desert (high or low). Spring is by the time to embark upon some of the best adventures (planned or not) within the otherworldly lands located within the Four Corners region.


So, what are you waiting for? Pull out your shorts, pack up the backpack, and load up your car; it’s time to trade in your cabin fever for a spring fling!