Janet Urquhart: No missing misadventures
The lilacs are fading fast, I can’t find a parking space at City Market and Aspen is crawling – in some cases, literally – with inebriated tourists. It must be summer.This weekend’s Food & Wine Swillfest signals more than my annual opportunity to proclaim something “jammy and herbaceous.” It means my summer resolutions are now in effect. These are markedly different from my New Year’s resolutions, in that I might actually keep some of them.I’ve noticed a disturbing trend over the past few summers – as the days get longer, they also whizz by faster. By the time I dig out my camp cookwear, I should be digging out my gloves instead. I’ll be looking back on another summer of missed adventures, or more likely, missed misadventures.I know just how it happens. Lulled by the false sense of an endless summer, I spend my precious hours hiking favorite trails I’ve hiked before, fishing streams I’ve already fished, frequenting the bars that I frequently frequent. All of a sudden, it’ll be September and I won’t have done any of the stuff I’d planned to do. Not this time. There are 12 weekends between now and the end of August. There’s not a moment to waste, or to get wasted, since I don’t have a pass to this weekend’s Bingejam.I’m planning my folly now with a list of summertime goals. It will either be a memorable summer or one I spend a lifetime trying to forget.My itinerary:-Hike up to a lake I’ve never been to before, catch a trout and fry it up right there on the shore. (Mental note: Bring along some frozen fish sticks, just in case my angling prowess yields its usual results.)-Take a real mountain bike ride, meaning the Rio Grande Trail doesn’t count. I’m thinking the Government Trail.-Come back alive from aforementioned pursuit.-Climb my first (and quite possibly, last) fourteener. (Hey, some things aren’t worth repeating. I have a feeling, this may be one of them.)-Do something outdoorsy by the light of a full moon, you know, like slap frantically at mosquitoes while running from a bear.-Visit a Colorado town I’ve never been to before, but not Vail.-Don’t take up golf. (Some things are worthy of almost any list you’d care to make. This one is also on my ways-to-save-money list and my how-to-be-a-scintillating-conversationalist list.)-Take a backpacking trip on the Four-Pass Loop. I’ve been talking about this one for years and getting older all the while. I’m not even sure I can haul a pack over all four passes, unless I space them about a month apart, or hire a sherpa.Hire a sherpa.[Janet Urquhart has noted there’ll be a full moon on Saturday. Her column appears on Fridays.]
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