Find your peace at Avalanche Ranch

What do you get when you mix rugged mountains, quiet seclusion, eclectic lodging, family-owned charm, and tranquil hot spring pools? A stunning getaway at Avalanche Ranch. Avalanche Ranch is located near Redstone, Colorado, and is summed up perfectly as a picturesque vision of what the Rocky Mountains are, can be, and should be. The quiet…

End of the Year Newsletter 2018

Holiday greetings! This newsletter is brought to you from New Castle, Colorado, where the Nelson-George household is starting a new seasonal tradition. As we move into 2019, we would like to extend our warmest thoughts and well-wishes to our family and friends that make these holiday good-feelings worth sharing. In an ideal world, we could…

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…

10 Things to Pack for a Fall Camping Trip

In Colorado, the weather is unpredictable. It's just as likely to snow on the same day that starts out 65 degrees and sunny. You know this, I know this, we all know this. For some reason, though, my husband and I decided to try our luck at camping, during Colorado's more vulnerable and unpredictable seasons:…

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…