Late spring of last year I realized I had gotten spoiled by living in Colorado for so long and wasn't taking enough advantage of the amazing mountains here. It was a bit of an epiphany, actually. I was coming back from a few weeks in Arizona when the drive through the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains made me reflect on how I had not been exploring these and other amazing Colorado mountain ranges enough. I had passed the Great Sand Dunes and was near the northern tip of the San Luis Valley driving toward Poncha Pass when I vowed to change this. The result: my most action-packed summer and fall in the Colorado high country.
This year has been more of the same, and while I love all seasons here I have some sadness knowing the official end of summer is upon us. The Colorado high country is most inviting and hospitable during the summer and I'll miss this. Fall may the most beautiful time of the year here, but it's fleeting and unpredictable. Aspen trees burn bright with their golden leaves, but before you know it the leaves, and temperatures, have fallen and snow can begin to blanket mountain peaks at any time.
What's a fair-weather, mountain-loving, endurance junkie to do? Get out and appreciate every moment possible on and amongst our awesome peaks! I'm planning another long weekend in Crested Butte.
I'd love to hear how you are celebrating the change of seasons. Tell me what you have planned to squeeze every bit of life out of summer and welcome fall and I'll hook-up whoever has the most inspiring story with an Enduro Bites / Beta Red prize pack to help you do it. Just post your story on our related Facebook or Instagram post to be eligible.