Back to Nature at the Denver Botanic Gardens

There's something familiar about the wild. In Gunnison, where I grew up, there are more fields than parking lots. Cows outnumber people, grazing along highways and wandering through mountain roads. You can get lost in the stars almost every night, if you remember to look up. When I moved to the city for college, I…

Hanging Lake, a local natural wonder

Nearby our home, there is a high-alpine travertine lake with crystal-clear waters. A grandiose waterfall plummets as the source, and a log sits, suspended, from the shore. Maybe you've heard of it? Hanging Lake is a world-famous attraction, known as a geological wonder and top contender for bucket list musts. It's both gorgeous and amazing, and…

Weekender Photo Spree: Local Fall Colors

I live for fall colors. While autumn often comes with its own set of baggage and emotions, it also brings a full force of beauty. Colorado's high-altitude leaves never disappoint. My husband and I have made it our mission to experience as much fall color as possible; this season is short-lived in the mountains. They…

Hot Springs Series: Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, a desert oasis

Colorado's Great Sand Dunes are a wonder to behold. Literal mountains of sand—always shifting, morphing, and glowing against a scenic mountain backdrop—exist, a little out of place. These mounds of sand tower over inhabitants and visitors, transforming Mosca, Colorado into a Sahara-like desert. Nearby this place where sand covers all who dare to wander is…

Weekends are for pajamas and fall drives

Every once in a while, my husband have a free weekend to ourselves. As fans of leisure, we usually spend these sacred days lounging around—we'll sleep in, surf Netflix for a movie or two, maybe play a game of rummy, and stay in our pajamas for as long as possible. We're two introverts that love…

Diamond Dreaming with the Grand Junction Rockies

The saying "diamonds are a girl's best friend," usually asserts an appreciation for shiny, expensive rocks. In my case, it's a little different. I love baseball. I love everything about it, from the field to the history to the camaraderie to the sport itself—the rules, play making, and thrill of situational understanding. When I hint…

Hot Springs Series: Old Town Hot Springs Brings the Fun

Water has a way of bringing us together. My husband put it simply last weekend, when we spied children donning swimsuits and floaties and contagious smiles. "Man," I said, "kids really love the water." "We all do," he replied. "You can do things in the water that you can't anywhere else. It's like living a…

Brewery Hoppers: Barrels & Bottles

I'm a gal that appreciates brews. I didn't think I'd ever love beer—with a gluten sensitivity and a strictly-sweet pallet, it seemed like my fate was tied to vodka drinks and a cider here and there. My home-brewing husband was worried that I'd never find something he could make. However, I lucked out the day…