Here we go fellow outdoor readers – a new face and fresh perspective on Fresh Air Fort Collins. You might already know me from my five years of writing Feasting Fort Collins. I also founded The Scoop Blog Network and the blogs therein – including Fresh Air Fort Collins. When Chloe gave me the heads up that she would be leaving this blog to focus on other things, I immediately wanted to take this under my wing to keep it growing. I care deeply for this blog and the potential it has as resource for people wanting to go on their own Colorado outdoor adventures.
So, let me tell you some things you may not know about me and what kind of posts to expect on Fresh Air Fort Collins from here on out…
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I grew up driving around Cottonwood Canyon, and spending time hiking the hills at our (what I now believe was historical) family cabin in Mayfield. We often went catfishing – with bait rods, not noodling (oh, hell no), Elk hunting, and four-wheeling (including an accident driving into a barbed wire fence that nearly tore off one of my ears). I grew up with a fairly outdoorsy lifestyle.
When I moved to Las Vegas and met my now husband of 15 years, that lifestyle continued as our first dates were hiking Red Rock Canyon, climbing sandstone rock walls, driving through the scenic loops, and camping in the desert with our dogs.
We then moved to Portland, Oregon where I took up mountain biking the deep forest trails near our house, and spent free time hiking the trails at Ecola State Park on the beautiful Pacific Northwest coast.
We moved to Colorado about 10 years ago and started our family, taking my oldest son on his first hike all snuggled up in a carrier in Castelwood Canyon at 3 months old. We’ve lived in Fort Collins for 8 of those years, raising our boys with the same deep love of the outdoors.
During their summer vacation last year, we spent each week hiking a different trail in either Poudre Canyon or Rocky Mountain National Park. It was an incredible summer of adventure. We came across rattle snakes on the trail near Seaman’s Reservoir in Gateway Natural Area, black bear on Dadd Gulch trail, and herds of Elk at Moriane Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. That summer solidified my need to be in the mountains as much as possible – more than I had been before. It was a rough winter as I craved the summer sun on my shoulders and the sound of the raging river to soothe my soul.
The day that the snow melt was enough to hit the canyon, I was up there scouting campsites and new trails to hike for this summer. I’ve spent almost every single weekend this year either hiking, camping, or fly fishing (which I just picked up – my husband Bill has been fly fishing for years). Many of those were solo trips. I feel like I’m beginning to know the Northern Colorado canyons like the back of my hand.
I’ve been sharing my experiences with my friends on Facebook, documenting each hike and adventure for the last two years. Transitioning this into blog posts on Fresh Air Fort Collins will be a piece of cake for me, it’s something I’ve already dedicated my life to and I can’t wait to share that information with more people.
So moving forward you’ll be able to read posts about:
- Northern Colorado trail reviews
- Fly fishing Poudre Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park
- Fly fishing Colorado lakes in belly boats
- Elk hunting for beginners
- Dispersed camping site reviews, and best managed campsite lists
- Backpacking in the Rawah Wilderness for beginners
- Snowshoeing in Northern Colorado
- Mountain Biking trail reviews
There’s a lot more than that, but it gives you an idea of where we’re headed from here. There are sports that I have absolutely no expertise in, and I’ll be soliciting help from friends and readers on those topics. Chris Johnson will be writing monthly posts on cycling in Northern Colorado. I’ll be looking for someone to help with rock climbing, skiing/snowboarding, and kayaking, too.
I’ll post twice a week on Monday and Wednesday. I’ll keep up regular community conversation on the Fresh Air Fort Collins Facebook page, and the Fresh Air Fort Collins Twitter account has been separated so it’s not the exact same updates. I’ll be active on there keeping people up to date on news from the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, and much more. So be sure to follow me there, too! And, if you haven’t seen the update about the Fresh Air Fort Collins Instagram account – we’ve had to start anew there too. The old account is now Chloe’s personal Instagram page, so you’ll have to like the new Fresh Air Fort Collins Instagram for photos of hikes, fishing reports, and whatever else I’m doing in the mountains.
So, Fresh Air Fort Collins readers – let’s go explore Northern Colorado Mountains together. We’re going to have a great time doing it.
Kristin Mastre, Fresh Air Fort Collins Blogger