Kayaking With a 4 Wheeler at the Bottom of Silver Jack

Kayaking With a 4 Wheeler at the Bottom of Silver Jack

Recently we drove up to Silver Jack Reservoir with some friends. We brought our kayaks and they brought their 4 wheelers. Our plan was to kayak a little, 4 wheel a little, and have a barbecue for lunch. It turns out that Silver Jack Reservoir is all but drained at the moment. I had no idea! I knew that generally the res gets partially drained at the end of the summer, but I have never seen anything like this. Here is our kayak at the very bottom and center of Silver Jack Reservoir: For comparison’s sake, here we are at nearly the same location last July: At first we all stood around staring at all the soft beachy sand, stumped, until it became obvious that we had all the necessary equipment to have some serious and unusual fun. Yes, a 4 wheeler can in fact pull a kayak quite nicely! Off to the side, there was just enough river for the kids to go kayaking down (with a little pulling from mom & dad). We also were able to set up our barbecue and have lunch smack in the middle of the reservoir. Also, to be fair, there was a little bit of water at the far end; just enough to have a 20 second paddle across and back. In the end, this goes down as one of my favorite and most memorable days ever. I will never look at the waters of Silver Jack quite the same way again! PS Does anyone know why all the area reservoirs are unusually low this...

Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Fall in the San Juans

10.  Wear cozy sweaters and take a stroll in the crisp evenings.  How lovely it is to be able to wear cozy layers again!  Put on those favorite boots while you are at it and enjoy the change in wardrobe. 9.  Sit in your hot tub and admire the stars.  If you don’t have a hot tub, hit up one of the hot springs.  It is finally cool enough to sit In some warm water! 8.  Watch Football with your family and have a bbq while you are at it.  Even better, go support your local high schools team for one of their games. 7.  Schedule your family pictures.  Fall is the perfect time of year to catch those outdoor shots for your Christmas cards. 6.  Hit up the off season deals at the Telluride restaurants.  I love checking out Allreds or Hongas this time of year because they have local off season specials that you cannot beat! 5.  Corn Mazes are really popular this time of  year.  The largest one (which seems to grow larger every year) is the Devries farm corn maze in between Montrose and Olathe.  Be careful, you could get lost! 4.  Exercise outdoors.  Soon the snow will be falling and going for your daily run will not be as enjoyable as the great temperatures fall offers us here.  Not to mention the holidays are on the way, so get your metabolism boosted before those Christmas goodies come along. 3. Enjoy schedules.  Now that the kids have been back in school for a bit and fall sports and activities are well under way, it seems...

Coffee Talk

  When I became a stay at home mom a few years ago, it came a shock to me how much I missed adult interaction.  I am sure many stay at home moms, or moms in general feel this.  They focus so wholeheartedly on their children that they miss out on their adult friendships sometimes.  I realized how important those adult friendships were.  I realized how I thrived when I had interaction with other women, or men, who had similar goals and interests and lives.  I realized this was a need. Out of this need grew my weekly coffee group.  The group has evolved with an ebb and flow over the past few years.  It began with just two and evolved into three, then four, five, back to three, sometimes two.  It grows it shrinks depending on peoples lives and availability, but the coffee is always there hot waiting for some coffee talk. We moms discuss many things in our weekly coffee group.   Our kids are usually the primary source of discussion.  Sometimes we talk about sex, or money, cooking, crafts or weight loss.   Whatever the topic each woman has something to share.  Each woman has their own perspective and life experience to add to the topic.  Sometimes, there are times when one of us will simply need a shoulder (or three) to cry on.  I discuss these women very carefully because they are all so close to my heart. These mornings saved my life I tell you, or at least made it bearable at times. They saved me when I had not slept through the night in months, I...
The Ride Festival

The Ride Festival

This weekend marked the first ever Rock and Roll Festival, or The Ride, in Telluride, Colorado. The Ride Festival turned out to be perfect for families with its casual and laid back atmosphere. Families were everywhere, and kids happily roamed the grounds in Telluride Town Park and did what they do best – they played, danced, and played and danced some more. These cute kiddos had a blast digging away. While the smaller kids may have not noticed the amazing music in the background, the parents were certainly tuned in to the stellar lineup at The Ride! Check out this awesome mom who was dancing with her son with Big Head Todd and the Monsters playing in the background, who as always put on a great show. Festival goers were treated to two BHT & M shows on both Saturday and Sunday in addition to their late night show Saturday at the Sheridan Opera House. Even the bands seemed to have kids on their mind. Several of the singers mentioned kids, including the ever fabulous Lucinda Williams who spoke of all the beautiful children at the festival. Also, JJ Grey of JJ Grey & Mofro mentioned his 3 1/2 year old daughter and performed the Song The Sweetest Thing in honor of her.  What a great dad! We were lucky enough to meet JJ Grey backstage. He was a sweetheart to my kids, asking them their ages & names. Then we chatted about touring and how he loves to bring his daughter to shows but the whirlwind schedule can be tough for a 3 year old. Another highlight of...

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