Category: Personal

99 Nights in a Popup Camper

It all started on a camping trip in Moab. Our kids were 4 and 2, and while everyone loved camping, my wife and daughter decided (or perhaps demanded) that it would be better to sleep up and off the ground next trip. So, we bought a popup camper. Here’s a look back at 99 nights under the canvas during our 5 years of ownership.

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If You Don’t Do It This Year, You’ll Be One Year Older When You Do

I saw my first Warren Miller ski film in 1998. Some friends and I were watching it over college winter break, and before the movie was over, I had convinced several of them to leave that night for a ski trip to Colorado.  I would soon fall in love with life in a ski town and eventually do as Warren recommended in the movie: move there.

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Kayaking the Black Canyon

The Black Canyon of the Colorado is a waterway that extends from Hoover Dam at Lake Mead and traverses through an otherwise dry desert with the El Dorado Mountains of Nevada forming one side of the canyon and the Black Mountains of Arizona creating the other. A recent drive to a conference in Las Vegas put me within 15 minutes of this unique wilderness, so I threw the kayak in my truck and set out for an adventure on the river.

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Goodbye Steamboat

“Came for the winters, stayed for the summers.” A common saying amongst Steamboat Springs residents. Many credit the “Yampa Valley Curse” from a Ute Indian leader who swore nobody could leave once they moved in. Ironically, our family is now leaving because of the winters.
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Tales of the Trail

And on the 8th day, God covered Steamboat in single track. Actually, the hundreds of miles in bike trails that we now enjoy in Bike Town USA comes from decades of planning, building, and maintenance – mostly by volunteers. Two people who have invested more than most in that process are Marc and Gretchen Sehler. I ran into them on the trail this week and learned a lot about our local biking history.

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