Its Summer Let’s Get a Move On!
It seems like we have been waiting for summer for months and its finally here. Time to put away our skis, our snowshoes and parkas and bring on the hiking boots, swimsuits, fishing rods and lawn mowers. With warm weather and longer days, we can start enjoying the great outdoors.
Did you know there are over 400 national parks and more than 6,000 state parks in the U.S.? With the easing of restrictions most are opening up to the public. In Colorado we have 42 state parks and 4 national parks with an unlimited number of trails, lakes and campgrounds. Is climbing a fourteener or visiting the Great Sand Dunes on your bucket list? How about putting your hands and feet on all Four Corners or walking across the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. (yes, that’s in Colorado at the Royal Gorge). One thing for sure, living in Colorado we don’t have to go far to enjoy incredible scenery, challenging physical activity or just a scenic drive.
Van Morrison has a song whose lyrics say, “smell the sea and feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly”. Now that we can travel again, a trip to the beach is not out of the question. Tasting the salt air, watching terrific sunsets and catching some rays are the perfect antidote to a long winter. Jimmy Buffet said it right when he said, “the lower the latitude the better the attitude”. While tropical locations are great destinations, living in Colorado there is hardly a place without a fishing spot. From tackle to fly, fishing has become the number one outdoor summer activity in Colorado. Last year alone the Game and Fish Dept saw a 300% rise in licensing across all sports.
Finally, how about those lawn mowers? I continue to pursue the dream of having my lawn cut so that it looks just like the Rockies infield crosshatch. Alas, no amount of YouTube or Googling has yet to show me the correct formula. I always so look forward to the greening up of the lawn, the poking through of the early tulips and roses and finding new colors at my local nursery. Every year I bring home the newest plant, the brightest colors for the hanging pots and the occasional perennial that hopefully lasts through the winter.
Whatever your pursuit is this summer, it’s a great reminder that we should go where we feel most alive. If it’s a far-flung locale, a local park or mountain getaway, or just your own backyard summer beckons us to be outside. It renews and inspires us to get moving. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning that vacation, that hike, a fly-fishing lesson or a new plant in the yard. There is no prerequisite for the great Colorado outdoors.
Melony Harris is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and an Investment Adviser Representative. Her office is located at 7112 W Jefferson Ave. Suite 107, Lakewood, CO 80235. www.wealthmanagementsimplified.com. She can be reached at 303-985-7654. Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA / SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. General accounting, tax preparation, and payroll processing services offered by Harris Tax & Wealth Management, PC are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.