We hope you and your family had a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. Wasn’t the weather grand? We were grateful for cooler weather and clouds, making it feel like the holidays. Mom appreciated it since she was the one doing all the cooking. Oh, how I love turkey.
Mom spent the long weekend transforming our house into a Christmas wonderland. As she played Christmas songs, the one These are a Few of My Favorite Things from the musical, The Sound of Music, got me thinking. 1) I question why this a Christmas song, as inquiring minds want to know! Looking it up, apparently Julie Andrews (the actress/singer from the musical) performed the song on a holiday television special in 1961, thus putting it forever on the Christmas play list. 2) What are some of my favorite things, in particular, adventures we have taken!?
As Mom worked her tail off decorating the house, I laid there like a yule log and reminisced about all the places I have been. We did a quick tabulation, and we discovered I have tagged along in the car for just over 200,000 miles. Son of a biscuit! That’s a lot of miles. Dad drove the wheels off the Mazda Tribute, the first vehicle I remember, and now we are doing the same with the Nissan Pathfinder.
My adventures span many states. I was born in Northern Colorado, lived in League City, Texas, and now reside in Phoenix, Arizona. We’ve traveled all around the great Southwest, and I thought I would share some of my favorite adventures with you. I’m going to start with Colorado, and each week, I’ll tackle another state we have lived in.
I was just a little pup at the time, but I have fond memories of The Devil’s Backbone in Loveland, CO. The trail was only 15 minutes from our house and got its name from the rugged rock that looks like the devil’s spine. It’s a 3.5-mile dirt path loop or out and back. You can go in and out or take the upper route in and return on the lower section. The pay off is the “look through” in the rock. Our favorite time to go was fall and winter as the rattlesnakes are very active in the warmer months. It’s an easy route but quite scenic. Dogs are welcome on leash, and it has human restrooms at the parking lot. As far as we could tell, it is still free, but we’ve heard it has gotten quite popular and busy.
I really enjoyed the snow while in Colorado, and every Christmas Eve, we would go snowshoeing to help with the anticipation of Santa Paws coming. Located in Larimer County and North of Fort Collins, CO, Chambers Lake was a lovely spot. We packed up all our gear, including Dad’s Jetboil to cook hot soup and tea. Snow shoeing is like hiking but quieter. Simply put, less people are out in the winter elements. It is a great workout, too! I learned quickly to rest on Mom’s snowshoe to let her carry me when I was tired. Ha! She would wonder why she could barely move and turn around to see me getting a free ride. I’m a smart dog, what can I say? You can go as short or long as you like.
If hiking or snowshoeing isn’t your thing, Grand Lake is a quaint village situated on the shores of a natural lake and surrounded by majestic mountains. We would head up and over The Rocky Mountain National Park and drop down into Grand Lake. We’ve heard RMNP has gone to a registration/permit system, so you may have to take the long way around. In either case, the lake has great catching. I’ve seen plenty of fishing going on, but Dad was catching here! We brought home some dandy Trout for dinner. The town has a boardwalk through the shops and restaurants, and you can take scenic drives to see moose and elk. Be sure to have the pancakes at the Bear’s Den located at 612 Grand Avenue. They are to die for!
I lived in Loveland for the first four years of my life, so I could go on and on. Parks, hikes, running path, biking trails, picnics, canoeing…all fun adventures. You can always search my blog for specific places you are going to see my thoughts on it before you go. Have a great week!
Mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!