I started this blog many years ago with the goal to share ideas and experiences of leading your family and examples of things we did to create memories. At the time all our kids were young and pretty much always available for an adventure. As they have grown, left home, and moved to different states and towns the time we have to make memories and shape their life is limited. My son Ben is currently a sophomore at Colorado State University. We were talking the other day and he said he wanted to hike Long’s Peak in Estes Park. I have been to Estes Park many times and never hiked Long’s Peak. So, when he said he wanted to hike Long’s I immediately asked if that was an invitation and began to plan a trip. Long’s Peak is 14,259′. You start the hike at 3:00 a.m. at 9,500′ and climb 5,000′ in 7.5 miles to the top.
The opportunities to share adventures and create memories will continue to diminish as their schedules and responsibilities grow. When you get an opportunity jump on it and make it happen. We all have lots of responsibilities, conflicts and excuses that can keep us from sharing these experiences. Make it a priority, seize the moment and make a positive memory every chance you get.
p.s. Do Long’s Peak while you are young. The 7.5 mile hike down the boulders is a killer.