I wanted to start a new tradition: kicking off the outdoor adventuring season on Earth Day (well, the whole weekend, really). So we did it.
The idea was simple, really: pack up, head for the hills with some friends, sleep outside and enjoy each other.
Of course, nothing is ever that simple, is it? Cue Saturday morning, the day before Earth Day, 2018…
My husband had been out of town all week, I had a 9am photoshoot down the road and though we were mentally ready for a nearby overnight with friends, the weather wasn’t cooperating here in southern Colorado. While the week said sunny and 65 with overnight lights near 30, the fact was, the wind was blowing, the skies were overcast and overnight temps were going to dip into the low/mid-20s. Outcome: we needed a change of plans.
So, I went to my photoshoot and left it up to my husband.
When I got home, we were closing in on 10AM and needed to make some decisions.
Stick it out and hope we didn’t freeze to death in the high country while all the other folks camping with us were in trailer campers? No.
Find another southern CO site close to home (turns out all USFS roads are still closed)? No.
Head over the pass to bike at Phil’s World and camp at a KOA in Cortez? No.
Drive south back to New Mexico (Sam was there all week) and find somewhere worth sleeping? No.
Then, that brilliant husband of mine said “Load the car, let’s go”.
When we pulled out of the driveway, I honestly thought we were heading for Cortez; but instead of driving west, we went north. I asked Sam where we were going? Fruita.
The weather was gorgeous. Sure, we didn’t head out until nearly noon with a couple of crazy cattle dogs and the little dude, but at least we had a destination that we wanted to go to!
The weekend (well, the 36 hours away from home) turned out to be a great research mission with a spectacular stars-filled night, delicious foods, warm sunny bike riding, and new views all around.
We spent Earth Day under blue skies and surrounded by the people that matter most: our family. And I’m ok with that 🙂