And You Call Yourself A Local

By: Amanda Wagner
By: Amanda Wagner

It’s a phrase that I’ve heard more and more recently, and it’s caused me to think about my local perspective.

"And You Call Yourself A Local?"  It’s a phrase that I’ve heard more and more recently, and it’s caused me to think about my local perspective.  Whether it’s a restaurant that I’ve never eaten at or a trail that I didn’t know was out there to hike, as I look back, I realize that growing up here there are definitely some things that I’ve simply taken for granted. 


It’s taken a short hiatus from the Grand Valley and a certain someone (I won’t mention names) to point these things out, but now that I’m back I’m enjoying things I never knew made the Grand Valley so GREAT!.


My first big miss, the scenery:  When you grow up around the breathtaking scenery that surrounds the Grand Valley, you don’t realize that not everyplace is as beautiful.  Sure I traveled when I was young, but I didn’t realize how lucky I was to look out my backdoor and see the Grand Mesa and the Bookcliffs.  I didn’t realize just how breathtaking a sunset in Western Colorado is, and I definitely took our 300+ days of sunshine for granted.  After spending a winter in Wisconsin, I learned that sunshine really can make or break your mood - my mood was broken without the Western Colorado sun!


Secondly, and somewhat related, outdoor fun:  Now that it’s summertime in Western Colorado I am trying to make the best of it.  But there are sooooo many things to do that I never even realized.  Some may be shocked to know that despite my 20+ years here, I had never climbed Mt. Garfield.  But a few months back, I laced up my tennies and took to the trail.  How hard could it be? ..... OK maybe I didn’t climb it at a record pace, but once I (finally) made it to the top - what a view!


I could go on… and on… and on… There’s a lot that I’ve taken for granted, and a lot left to explore. So if you have a trail I should check out, a restaurant to try, or something that a every local should know about – tell me about it! 


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  • by Chuck Location: GJ on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Don't feel bad about not climbing Mt Garfield in 20 yrs, I've been here since 1958, and never had the urge to climb it, lol. Some of neat places to go is up to Lands End, set on the edge with feet dangling over the edge and look over to Utah, the view is fantastic. Lay back and watch the clouds float over, no pollution there to obscure the sight.
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