"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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