Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. I spent my childhood, hiking, backpacking, car camping, and skiing throughout the backcountry of the Elk Mountains and the White River National Forest. I stayed in 10th Mountain Division huts during my school’s outdoor education program and went on my first backpacking trip alone in the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness.
My family moved away as I started high school and I went to college on the East Coast. When I moved back here four years ago it was because of the mountains and wild landscapes that surround this valley. I still, hike and ski and camp in the backcountry, but now I also mountain bike and climb.
Each of these recreational pursuits is important to me, but more important is the opportunity simply to be in the mountains, regardless of the activity or sport. It is the landscapes and the mountains that I most appreciate – they are what make this place special. I am most grateful for what we all share here when I look beyond my handlebars, through my ski tips, or over my backpack.
When I do, I realize that the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal will ensure that some of the lands that surround our communities will continue to have the same characteristics they did when I grew up here. There may be some places where I will no longer be able to ride or climb, but knowing that parts of our mountains will be protected for future generations is part of what makes me want to call this community my home.
To those who value our land as much as you value any given sport or recreation, I urge you to support the Hidden Gems.
Not one week ago I returned from a trip to Glenwood Springs and found lying on my porch a dog, untethered and unrestrained, like a hound escaped from the foulest, most unspeakable of places. It pains me to admit the aged mongrel was mine. I can’t deny it. And it was loose, free to prance daintily on the sidewalks or trouble anyone’s doorstep with a midday nap. I cannot begin to fathom the nuisance, the unabashed menace she might have posed to my neighbors and friends. I only pray forgiveness of my peers and for God to strengthen me to make her flawed barricade impenetrable, lest she ravage the countryside once more.
Thanks very much for your article covering the Alliance for Climate Education and X Games today (“X-Gamers head to area schools next week”). ACE very much looks forward to giving Roaring Fork Valley high school students the opportunity to learn about the science behind climate change this week.
I wanted to clarify that the scheduling has changed since our original planning – extreme sports athletes Megan Olenick and Spencer O’Brien will be presenting with ACE at some of our high school visits. However, Gretchen Bleiler is not confirmed. Also, as a reminder, this event is closed to the public. However, the public is invited to visit our website to see our interactive assembly presentation at acespace.org.
Thanks very much.
head of marketing
ACE, Alliance for Climate Education
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