Date: November 19th, 2009
You know how some postcards read, "Wish you were here"? Yesteray I got a photo that made me wish I was there! Guides Beka and Lindsay took guests John and Astri up to summit Little Agnes last week, and sent me this photo to share the gorgeous view. Wow, I could take just getting planted down there for a couple hours, soaking in the panorama. The photo is taken from the top of Little Agnes, looking over toward Big Agnes and overlooking Mica Lake. I recognize the view I see right here at our Colorado lodge isn’t too shabby, so I’m not complaining. But, the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness takes spectacular vistas to a new level.
The other day I was talking with someone in Steamboat who has traveled a lot. She mentioned to me this summer she and her husband just stayed put, rather than heading out of town. Instead of going to Switzerland to hike, they took their backpacks and camped in the Zirkels. Her point was, "Why do we leave Steamboat Springs to go see other beautiful places when this is our backyard?" Great question.
Then, I ran into guest Jeff in town….he had come back to mountain bike for a couple days after having a ball biking the trails around the Steamboat Springs resorts with Steve earlier in the summer. I was giving him a trail suggestion and he asked if that was my favorite ride, do I ride it a lot. Yes, it is a spectacular ride, but no, I don’t ride it a lot. All these folks are coming here for an amazing Colorado resort experience, and I dont seem to find the time to get out and enjoy what’s right in front of my nose!
All of this has made me decide to change things a bit. Instead of leaving town when I have time to get away, I’m going to take my own hiking vacation and go deeper into the areas that are right here. I’m going to take a day to hike the Zirkel Circle instead of going to a yoga retreat in Boulder. I’m going to camp up by one of those gorgeous lakes instead of leaving town to stay at a hotel. And, yes, I am going to find time to sneak out of the office in the next couple weeks to chase cows with the guests like Ben, Dace and Charlie have been trying to convince me to do. There. I wrote it down, so now I have to do it.
So, if you call to make a reservation and I’m not available…..I’ll get back to you as soon as I wipe the dirt off my feet and come inside. Summer is fleeting, spectacular and worth taking the time to relish! If you haven’t found time to treat yourself to summer yet, please make some time for it before it goes away. In fact, come on out here for a ranch holiday and play with us! There is still space for the September 25-October 2 week, and we also have a few spots for Terry’s horsemanship clinic October 5-9.