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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