100 Hours Unplugged: Lessons From the San Juan River, 36 Years Later

“Look at that cutie!” Nyla spins towards me, her heels kicking up red dust into the sun-filled canyon of Utah’s San Juan River, raising her hand to show me what she’s got gently clasped between her eight-year-old fingers: a desert … Read more

My Daughter’s First Night Sleeping Under The Stars – In A Hammock, By A Roaring River

Dawn light fills the canyon of the San Juan river, a muddy tributary of the Colorado river that spans the states of Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah and offers an easy-going and scenic float trip for boaters that’s perfect for Read more

First canoe at Gross Reservoir

In the bow seat, Nyla uses a kayak paddle to provide locomotion as Silas watches water slide off his paddle into the chilly mountain waters. We slowly cross a narrow finger of the reservoir towards a rocky point. Once we … Read more

First mountain bike adventure at Mud Lake

Nyla embraces her little brother, Silas, at the head of the mountain bike trail at Mud Lake. Then, in a flash, the children zoom off into the forest leaving Silas and I in a cloud of dust. Through the woods … Read more

Tubing St. Vrain River in Lyons Colorado

The St. Vrain River ran shallow and mellow – perfect for floating with little ones. Just before we beached on the sand bar, a few children plunged into the cool waters and began to tow our inner tube train back … Read more

Kayaking at Gross Reservoir – Osprey Point

South Boulder Creek - Kayaking at Gross Reservoir, Osprey Point, CO

Summer is coming to an end – I wanted to get one more boat trip in before the mountain lakes get too chilly. So, Poppy, my daughter, and I kayaked Gross Reservoir today.

We woke up at 6:15 AM, picked … Read more

Camping and Boating at Gross Reservoir

Camping and Boating, Gross Reservoir, CO
Gross Reservoir, named after Denver Water former Chief Engineer Dwight D. Gross, was completed in 1954 and doubles as a water source for Colorado front range communities and a great nearby recreation area. With over 10 miles of shoreline and … Read more

4wding at Gross Reservoir

4wding at Gross Reservoir, CO

For my birthday, my wife and two children and I went to scout out a camping spot on the South side of Gross Reservoir that is accessed via dirt roads and a pretty tame 4WD Road. We brought picnic supplies … Read more

Bushwhacking Sanitas

We had a couple hours before dinner so I thought we should squeeze in a quick hike up one of my favorites, the Sanitas Goat Trail. I generally over-pack even for short hikes, bringing just about everything that we … Read more