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First Adventures in Colorado

Phew! It has been a whirlwind of a year since I’ve moved to Colorado…

Wait… Its only been 6 weeks?!

Life since my move at the end of July has been incredibly busy. Starting a new job in a new state, applying to teaching licensure programs, settling into a new home, AND squeezing in moments for mini adventures has kept me incredibly busy. In fact, putting aside the joking at the beginning of this post, I honestly feel like I have accomplished in 6 weeks what might be accomplished over the course of a year or more at other times in my life.

So many projects, so little time!
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Now as the Fall is quickly approaching, I can look back on this summer and say that I’m pretty dang proud of the things that I have accomplished this summer! Not only am I settling into a new role in a new school year, I’ve also been able to get outside and explore Colorado a bunch. However, I haven’t been as good about taking pictures and videos to share with you all. With how busy and stressful life has been over these last few months, almost all of my exploration time has been some very important self-care time. I felt like cameras and in-the-moment sharing would have taken away from that purpose, so I hope you all will forgive me.

That said, here is a quick rundown of some of the things that I’ve been up to!

Disc Golf!

Of course, one of the first things I’ve kept myself doing is playing disc golf and going to local-ish disc golf tournaments. My level of play has definitely fallen to the wayside with less time to practice and adjust to disc flights being different at elevation, but I’ve still been having a blast. Ive played tournaments at Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Aurora, and Colorado Springs. Each venue has been different from the last. One thing I’ve noticed is the lack of trees for obstacles in this state. It has been so different than playing in the heavily wooded courses of Vermont.

At this point, I’m feeling as though I’ve finally adjusted to playing at elevation, and I’m hoping to see some better results at my upcoming tournaments!

I haven’t been playing that well, but the views have been amazing!

Camping!

One thing that I was hoping to do more of this summer was camping. Before I had decided I was moving to Colorado, I was hoping to spend a lot of nights out sleeping in my hammock and enjoying the forests of Vermont. Moving certainly changed those plans, however, I was very excited to combine one of my disc golf tournaments with a weekend camping in Arapaho National Forest! It was a treat to spend the night being COLD, knowing full well that it was near 100 degrees back in Longmont earlier that day. The mountains of Vermont certainly bring about weather differences from the Champlain Valley where I was living, but nothing like the 50+ degree difference I experienced that weekend!

Comfy enough!

Fly Fishing!

On another trip to the Winter Park area, I was able to wet a line for the first time in a long while and catch some trout! I had been given a recommendation for a fishing spot on the Fraser River in Winter Park, but when I lost cell signal and couldn’t recall the full directions I had been given I found the first small stream I could find and gave the fishing a shot. As it turns out, the small alpine meadow stream was loaded with small brook trout and I was able to catch my first Colorado fish.

My first Colorado fish! What a giant!

Hiking!

Since moving here, I’ve been lucky enough to explore the St. Vrain River Greenway as it winds around my apartment complex, as well as a couple other quick day-hikes in the mountains. I’m hoping to explore some more before the snow flies, so stay tuned!

Yup, that’s some August leftover snowpack! Pretty soon fresh snow will be flying!

What’s next?

Coming soon, I’ve got a few more disc golf tournaments to finish out the season. I’ve also got plans to visit the Great Sand Dunes on a long weekend in October. Please remember to subscribe to both this blog as well as my YouTube Channel so that you don’t miss a moment of the action! I cant wait to continue exploring this awesome state!

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Center Chains Disc Golf Course Preview

This video has been on my to-do list for a few months. Given my recent move, the footage was sitting unedited on my hard drive until today! I’m still working on some camera work, and editing process, but its good to be working on this again! Enjoy!

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A Disc Golf Amateur’s “In the Bag”

A lot of disc golf professionals will post blogs or videos talking about the discs and other items that they bring along with them on their rounds. Since my disc golf season is about to begin, I thought it would be a fun idea to make my own in the bag and share it with you all!

I wanted to share this with you all for two reasons. First, you will probably be seeing more disc golf content from me as seasons shift from winter to spring, and this will hopefully give a little bit more context to what you are seeing. Also, I thought that some of you might get some value out of seeing an amateur’s disc selections rather than a more commonly found professional’s opinion. My guess is, the vast majority of people reading my blog are likely to throw more similar to myself than to the likes of 4x World Champion, Paul McBeth!

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First Snowy Disc Golf Round

After a day of blustery geocaching and letterboxing, Sunday was spent disc golfing with some friends at Wrightsville Beach Disc Golf course. It was nice to spend the day outside in fairly mild temperatures compared to the bone chilling wind the day before.  I managed to keep my feet mostly dry, but pretty soon I’ll be needing more than regular hiking shoes to stay dry out there. I didn’t have my camera out much, but at the end of the day, I was able to catch part of the group taking some ace runs at hole number 11. Enjoy!