Exploring Colorado with Four Boys - Aspen Real Life

Exploring Colorado with Four Boys

C-Lazy-U-101241
Me, ten years old and falling in love with Colorado

Falling in Love with Colorado as a little girl:

School is out and we are taking off to Denver on my biggest travel writing gig yet. Just me, my cameras, and four boys under the age of twelve. Should be interesting…

I first fell in love with Colorado, and cowboys, when my parents took me and my two sisters to The C Lazy U Guest Ranch & Resort in Granby, Colorado.

Every morning my sisters and I woke up to a delicious cowboy breakfast, retrieved our horses out of the barn and saddled up for long, adventurous days of galloping through fields and exploring trails. In the afternoons we were trained in Western Horsemanship and entered “Shodeos”.

At the end of the day we groomed and bonded with our horses and then groomed ourselves for line dancing with the cute boys my age who stole away my shyness as we square danced closely together.

This Massachusetts girl was hooked and determined to one day move to Colorado. I still have my chapstick with a scent captured of a time and place in my life where I was introduced to cowboys and the notion that I might one day find one of my own.

For thirty years that trip impacted my life, and then I moved to Colorado, married a boy from Denver and never a day went by where the smell of the West didn’t remind me of that week when I first discovered Colorado.

When my blog transitioned to travel writing I took the opportunity to return to the ranch, twenty something years later (not to date myself) with my three boys and there friend, without my Colorado man who is deathly allergic to horses.

Somebody once told me that memories are often best left alone and not revisited. Like revisiting an old lover, what once lifted my senses with abandoned fulfillment, might disappoint leaving me bereft. As intrigued as I was at the idea of going back in time, I worried. Was it better to covet my memories and not taint them by my adult perception, sans the youthful imagination.

The night before our departure, Baddy snuggled up from behind and wrapped his arms around me. His blogging/traveling wife was leaving him once again, but this time it was different. Would going back in time change the course of our future?

Read the C Lazy U review here.

 

Sharing is Caring 💙

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Check us Out on Instagram

Check us Out on Facebook

4 days ago

Aspen Real Life
GONZO GALLERY SOLO SHOW: IT NEVER GOT WEIRD ENOUGH FOR ME Meet local artist, Axel Livingston, at the opening reception May 1st, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. The exhibit runs from May 1 - 14th. Axel is a 19-year-old artist with a technique that can be described as organized chaos; a combination of mixed media, vibrant colors, lines, and forms are used to depict his layered messaging.Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Axel has a profound connection with nature and a fascination with the ideals of Gonzo journalism. His work has been influenced by the writings of Hunter S. Thompson and by the art of Ralph Steadman. See more of Axel's work here: www.gonzogallery.com/axel-1The Gonzo Gallery Aspen Strong: Promoting Mental Health in the Roaring Fork Valley Aspen Hope Center Aspen Youth Center Community Health Initiatives The Aspen Times Mountain Town Magazine Aspen Sojourner Magazine Aspen Magazine Aspen Hatter Skye Gallery Opera Gallery Aspen Art Gallery The Aspen Chapel Gallery Pitkin County Sheriff's Office ...
View on Facebook

5 days ago

Aspen Real Life
Want to know what to do during the offseason? Read this Roaring Fork Sotheby's International Realty - Glenwood Springs newsletter shared by Aspen Business Connect member Giovanna O. Kennedy, Realtor. As per the newsletter: Giovanna is a hiking enthusiast and can’t wait to get back on the mountain and regain her Rocky Mountain physical fitness! “You will see me trying different trails at Sunlight Mountain, starting with the easiest ones like the Old 4 Mile Trail.” A woman who wears many hats, Giovanna also enjoys taking leadership in philanthropic opportunities at St. Stephen School. “I am the founder and chair of their annual Gala benefiting St Stephen School, which normally takes place during the winter. However, I am looking at the possibility of having an outside event this late summer instead,” provided that she can execute this event in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines. ...
View on Facebook

6 days ago

Aspen Real Life
Aspen Business Connect brings its members together in many ways in search of collaborations. Here are two of our members from completely different backgrounds ( art and finance) brainstorming on ways to create an exciting event to honor the famous artist Tamara De Lempicka. Equus Management Group Marisa De Lempicka Cecil Hernandez at Christie's Aspen Real Estate Cecil Hernandez#aspenbusinessconnect #bestnetworkbusiness #localbusinessnetwork#aspennetwork#aspenbusiness#aspenreallife #locallove#helpingothers#womenempowerment #tamaradelempicka ...
View on Facebook