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Jet Boat Colorado: The Most Fun You Can Have with Wet Clothes On

When Ryan and I were invited to experience Jet Boat Colorado during our visit to the Grand Junction area, I was simultaneously delighted and terrified. I love boats and I love the water, but ever since I had a scary river incident many years ago, I’m not particularly fond of getting out on a river of any kind, let alone the mighty Colorado River.

Jet Boat Colorado The Most Fun You Can Have with Wet Clothes On 4. HeidiTown.com

Despite my fear, I realized that some of the scariest things in life have been the most fun — snowmobiling and zip lining, for instance. So I would do it, even if it meant swallowing my fear and spending the entire outing with my eyes squeezed shut.

There was another motivator for doing this activity — Jet Boat Colorado is the only jet boat operation in the state and they just opened this summer. This means I’d be one of the first people to get to experience jet boating in Colorado and who doesn’t love being one of the first ones to do an activity such as this? Continue reading

Best of HeidiTown 2016, Colorado Festivals & Travel

I used to call this annual post “Top 10 HeidiTown Highlights,” but I’m going to change it up this year because everyone loves a “Best Of” list, right? It’s a hard post for me to compose because every year seems to bring with it many incredible Colorado experiences. This makes it hard to boil an entire year down to ten major highlights, but every year I do it.

Trinidad, it's not what you think

Having a blast at Cardango, the ArtoCade’s evening, adults-only party.

This was a big year. I turned forty and we traveled a lot – to every corner of the state and the middle parts too. One of the major highlights was visiting Trinidad, Colorado (1) for ArtoCade, an art car extravaganza. This town blew us away. I love being surprised (in a good way) about a new place and I’m truly excited about the future of this friendly, quirky community.

Best of HeidiTown 2016 Colorado Travel & Festivals. Trinidad, Colorado

Trinidad, Colorado. so much potential!

Another standout experience was staying at a Never Summer (2) yurt near Cameron Pass last winter with our old dog, Xena. We’d never stayed in a yurt, let alone during winter and it was terrific. I loved the smell of the wood burning stove and the feeling of total peace as I snuggled into our yurt’s queen bed. I didn’t even mind having to use the outhouse, something I usually hate with a fierce passion. Continue reading

Fall in Love with Frisco, Colorado This Autumn

The best way to get acquainted with Frisco, Colorado is to spend a weekend in town, and that’s just what Ryan and I did at the end of August with our good friends Karen and Steve.

Fall in love with Frisco, Colorado this autumn. At Frisco Bay Marina. HeidiTown.com

Like many of you, I’d been to Frisco dozens of times, but had never stayed in the town, and our rental unit, a Summit Mountain Rentals townhouse just off Main Street and directly across the street from the Frisco Bay Marina, was the perfect location for our weekend getaway.

Frisco is a former mining town and today, it’s still a Mecca for adventure seekers; skiers, mountain bikers, snowkiters, kayakers and more. Our agenda was a gentler kind of adventurous weekend – our plan was to hit the lake on a rented pontoon boat. Our second plan was to eat lots of good food and spend time communing with one another in our townhouse hot tub. Continue reading

The perfect day in Grand Lake

Ryan and I woke to sunlight flooding in our condo’s bedroom window. Outside, Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, was so still it appeared that I could walk across the glassy surface.

The perfect day in Grand Lake. lake reflections HeidiTown.com

Our search for breakfast didn’t take us far. Blue Water Bakery is mere steps away from Eagles Spirit Condo. We ate eggs and toast at a patio table with lake views while hummingbirds buzzed around us, and dog walkers passed on their way to the lake.

Refilling our coffee cups, we walked the short distance to the town-owned docks. We sat, enjoying the gentle rocking of the docks as we sipped our coffee.

This would have been the perfect time to try out stand up paddle boarding on Grand Lake, but I already had a full day planned so I’ll save that next time.

We were booked on a 10:30 a.m. boat tour of Grand Lake with Headwaters Marina, a two-minute walk from our Western Riviera condo.   Continue reading

Top 5 things I love about Colorado

Between freelance writing and blogging I bounce between fun topics like Colorado travel, and not so fun topics like cancer. Sometimes I get severe writer’s block, and this week I found my writing brain seriously obstructed.

So I opted to write a top 5 list and share the reasons I love Colorado – this blog post nearly wrote itself.

Please feel free to comment & let me know why YOU love Colorado.

1.  Sunshine

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, which means I never take for granted Colorado’s 300 plus days of sunshine every year.   The brightness of the sun makes Coloradans happy and active.

Sunset in the Rockies

Sunset in the Colorado Rockies. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

2.  Mountains

The Rocky Mountains are the biggest gems in Colorado’s crown. They provide a never ending list of recreational activities, offer up towns full of character and history, and provide a beautiful backdrop to the Front Range.

Bronco game

Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved

3.  Sports

Colorado is a sports-lovers dream. From professional teams in every major sport to kayaking, rock climbing and cycling, this state is full of enthusiastic fans of sports, as well as athletes of every kind. The best part, in my opinion, is that no matter where you travel in Colorado, you can always find a place to watch the Broncos with fellow supporters.

Great Sand Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

4.  State & National Park System

Colorado has 42 state parks with 4,376 campsites. The state is also home to four national parks, including Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. What I love about our national parks is that each is unique and offers different landscapes and activities.

Xena hiding from the rain

Our dog hiding from the rain on a hike in the Comanche Wilderness. Photo by H.M. Kerr-Schlaefer, all rights reserved.

5.  Dogs

I haven’t done any scientific research on this topic, but I think Colorado is one of the most dog-friendly states in the union. It’s not unusual for Coloradans to own several dogs, and they take them everywhere – from the sidewalks of Denver to the Rocky Mountain backcountry. As a lifelong dog person, I appreciate living in a dog-loving state.

So there you have it, the top five reasons I love Colorado.

Why do you love Colorado?

The granddaddy of all boat trips

The St. Louis Arch in a thunderstorn. Photograph by Teresa Scott.

The St. Louis Arch in a thunderstorn. Photograph by Teresa Scott.

Experience the granddaddy of all boating trips as Teresa Scott takes you on The Great Loop.

Hop aboard, put on your life jacket and take the ride of a lifetime by clicking here.

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