Recently I celebrated my 35th birthday, ugghhh, and had grand plans of making a short weekend trip to Moab, UT. As the weekend arrived, I just couldn’t bring myself to separate from my little girls (3 year old and 9 month old) for more than a night or two. Especially because my 9 month old seems to be particularly attached to her mom at bedtime and I didn’t want my mother-in-law to suffer too much after kindly watching our kids for our getaway.

My husband, Lance, and I decided to scale down our getaway to a short excursion north of Steamboat near Steamboat Lake. I have to say that becoming a visitor in my own town really makes me appreciate why we chose to move here in the first place. Sitting in front of a remote cabin with a seasonal fall beer in hand, beautiful fall colors surrounding us and the silence of the woods that is so appreciated by parents of young kids was an experience that was completely unexpected.

In the evening, we ate a delicious meal at the Dutch Creek Guest Ranch that has wonderful food, friendly service and spectacular views of Steamboat Lake and the Zirkel Wilderness. After returning to our cabin, we sat out on the front porch of our charming cabin, enjoyed the stars above in the brisk mountain air and actually carried on an adult conversation free of little people interruptions .

The next morning, we headed out for a hiking adventure to Gold Lake that reminded me how much I love this time of year. This may sound cheesy, but I absolutely love hiking in the fall. The trees are in the process of turning these amazing red and orange and yellow colors. And you just can’t beat the smell of autumn air in the mountains, clean with a slight tinge of dry, fallen leaves.

Ultimately, Steamboat kills any Moab experience and THAT is why I live here.

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