My Summer To-Dos

Summer is finally here and I want to do so many things. And I’m sure many of you have a long list as well. There’s still a bit of snow on the peaks in the Rocky Mountains here in Colorado but it’s beginning to get warmer and there’s plenty of activities to be done this summer.

I have only a few things scheduled and a lot of things that I hope to do in between. I’m a very classic (or you could say stereotypical) Colorado gal and I am hoping to spend most of my summer outside. Of course I work, boo adulting, so everything has to be either on the weekends or after work.

I’m kicking off my summer tomorrow with a trip to Oregon where I get to see my best friend, explore Portland and attend the UO graduation as an alumna. And here are the rest of my Summer To-Dos:

  • kayaking on Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain and Grand Lake
  • camping (of course)
  • Kacey Musgraves concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater
  • reading – gotta keep up on that Reading Challenge
  • backpacking trip – hopefully with the boyfriend
  • game night
  • yoga – inside and outside
  • hiking – I have a few specific hikes I’d like to complete this summer and I will certainly share them
  • outdoor movie night
  • visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • open an Etsy store (stay tuned for this)
  • get in shape – workout more
  • plan a vacation for the fall or next spring
  • bike riding – there’s an awesome path that I can access from my work parking lot
  • spend time with my mom, best friends and boyfriend
  • farmer’s market
  • s’mores
  • wine festival
  • spend time relaxing in my hammock
  • go to WaterWorld with my brother from another mother
  • house warming party (we still haven’t done one)
  • play frisbee golf
  • make homemade ice cream
  • get better at paddleboarding
  • craft fair
  • work on my novel
  • putt-putt golf (also maybe some real golf?)
  • shopping (this is really year-round)
  • picnic somewhere new
  • go to the movies – there’s a lot of movies coming out this summer that I am very excited about
  • campfires in the backyard
  • pay off my car
  • get back into art – drawing mostly
  • play soccer
  • paint pottery
  • get an awesome Chaco tan
  • garage/yard sale-ing
  • cook, a lot
  • make a fort and have a movie night inside it
  • star gazing
  • get crafty
  • 4th of July fireworks
  • outdoor music festival

There are plenty of things I’m sure I have forgotten, but I want to know what’s on your summer to-do list! Drop them in the comments below.

Happy Summer!

My Patagonia Phobia

So I’ve always been a dedicated Columbia Sportswear consumer and by dedicated, I mean I pretty much vowed to never buy Patagonia, North Face or really any other outdoor clothing brand. I’ve always been extremely happy with Columbia’s clothing and have never had a problem finding things that I need or items that are simply on my wish list.

Because of this love for one specific brand, I’ve limited my buying options and was okay with it for the most part. I never found a need to read into other brands unless they were hanging in the outdoor store that I work at in Colorado (Never Summer Mountain Products).  Patagonia wasn’t a brand we carried so I wasn’t too invested in learning about the company further.

Recently, for my class blog, I looked closer at the Patagonia brand and reflected on its response to President Trump’s order to decrease the size of two protected national monuments in Utah back in early December. Essentially the president decided that the lands could be used differently and decreased the two areas from a combined total of 3.25 million acres to under 1.25 million acres. For more specifics, I suggest reading this CNN article.

Patagonia’s response to the announcement was monumental (see what I did there?) If you visited its website on December 4th you would have been greeted by this screen:Screen Shot 2018-01-28 at 9.56.20 PM

What an inspirational PR move. After doing some research for my post, I found out that Patagonia is dedicated to nature conservancy so much that 10% of its profits are filtered into the conservation of the natural environment that the company’s consumers value so much.

I was presently surprised by the company’s dedication and am thinking about expanding my Columbia heavy wardrobe and adding a Patagonia piece or two. I will still remain a dedicated Columbia consumer because my love for its products will remain strong, but I foresee a Patagonia fleece pullover in my future.

If you want to read my full post about Patagonia’s response, check out my other blog.

Summer Hikes – Devil’s Thumb

I took a solo journey up to Devil’s Thumb on July 6th. It was amazing but challenging four-hour hike where I was able to take some wonderful pictures. Living in the Rocky Mountains is a blessing and every chance I get I like to hike and take in the beauty around me in Grand County.

Here are some of the photos I was able to take. The wildflowers were in full bloom and scattered down the trail. Plus the view from the top was pretty cool.