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A great time of year to get away

Common GroundBill KightGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Bill Kight
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Fall is here, my favorite time of year. Yet I sit at my desk instead of heading outdoors. The winds of winter will soon blow away this enjoyable chilly weather.The here and now -the power of the present – escapes us if we don’t grab life with all the gusto we can muster. I feel September slowly slipping away, already half-gone.Melancholy thoughts are creeping into my daydreams. It’s time to take off somewhere, grab the well-worn jean jacket and trusty old pack on the way out the door.To where? Who cares? Just get away. That’s what counts.It might be to some hide-away cabin where you are actually able to relax without the pressures of cell phones, computers, deadlines, obligations, etc.Perhaps you’ve found the perfect bed and breakfast. St. Elmo in Ouray comes to mind. There are hundreds of places within a few hours of home where you can take day hikes and come back to enjoy a few hours of quiet time. A place to simply read a book or take a nap.Relax and let time serve you instead of being a slave to stressful schedules.You might even want to camp out in a campground off the beaten path. Be sure you call ahead or get on the Internet at http://www.reservations.gov to make sure you have guaranteed accommodations. This time of year, I’ll bet you can get a great place with few people.Backpacking requires a bit more preparation to make the experience enjoyable. There is nothing like waking up in the middle of nowhere to the sounds of nature, instead of the overwhelming wail of sirens in the city.Remember to let someone you love know where you are going, whether you set out alone or with someone. Give rescue teams a break. Don’t ruin their weekend having to come look for you.Colorado has some great mountain lodges where you can curl up with you partner around a fireplace after a grand meal. Rather than me recommending one, make it an adventure to find just the right place that suits your needs.You might even want to take in the Council Tree Pow Wow and Cultural Festival in Delta this coming weekend, Sept. 19-21. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the Ute People and their living culture.The Colorado Mountain Wine Fest in Palisade is going on the same weekend as the Council Tree Pow Wow. Fall is a good time to attend the many festivals Colorado has to offer.There’s no excuse for not enjoying this time of year. Just getting the heck out of Dodge is worth the effort. Too tired to do that? Then escape to one of the many hotels and motels we have in our own town.Get away from the pressures of the ringing phone, taking out the trash, cleaning the gutters, winterizing the house, etc. Don’t be a stick-in-the-mud. Get off your backside and get outside.Take some time for yourself. It’s entirely up to you.With 30 years of experience in federal land management agencies, Bill Kight, of Glenwood Springs, shares his stories with readers every other week.


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