Go outside and do something
Steamboat Springs — I will always advocate being in the outdoors. Biking, dirt biking, hiking, hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, paddling and fishing all falls in the good zone of the spectrum of life.
It’s the life-blood of the community and it’s the reason why visitors to Routt County say the people here are nice.
Tom Ling, the new chief of police in Oak Creek, may have said it best when he said to me last week: “These are the all-around nicest people here.”
The reason he and others say this is because people love what they do here. Take a walk by the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat on a Tuesday evening and see. The activity is like a Saturday in any other town.
Chris Wilson, Steamboat Springs director of parks, recreation and open spaces, touched on this while I was interviewing him about the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series
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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
“This is one of those things in our business where we get to see how people in the community run the other part of their lives,” he said.
That “other part” of life is life. The most truly creative expression of yourself is how you spend your time away from work. Here in Routt County, we do most of it outside.
Here is a list of three alternative outdoor activities for those looking for some more time to burn.
This is not what you think. Rock jumping is something a buddy and I sort of made up about four years ago. Its roots come from us jumping down the river rocks in the Big Thompson Canyon as kids. That’s basically it. You find a nice field of boulders and pick a path through them as fast as you can mentally, it’s similar to picking a line through the trees when skiing or riding. An extreme part is taking the long jumps and landing on narrow rocks. A missed jump can result in falling in the river or a plummet to certain death. (Not really.) The absolute best place to do this that I’ve found is around Rocky Peak. Fish Creek, below the falls, is pretty good, too.
There is nothing like spending a few days camped in the woods during a music festival. I think the best ones are the smaller or private venues. Festivals like the Telluride Bluegrass Festive are awesome for the music, but the kagillion people take the outdoor serenity part away a little bit. I’ve had the best times camping in the woods around State Bridge and Mishawaka and catching weekend shows. Even better is getting invited to a private party in the woods, where the owner of the property has built a stage. Small groups, cheap beer, good food, stellar people and great local musicians. (Think Slugfest.)
Take a Drive
Technically, it might no be considered being outside. However, the county road system here is intricate, well maintained and goes through some amazing stretches of private land that is distinctly different than the forest. Take a day and explore.
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The Longevity Project event, sponsored by Steamboat Pilot & Today, has shifted from in-person to virtual. The keynote speaker Kevin Hines contracted COVID-19, and he will now be presenting his talk remotely.