This weekend I really didn’t leave the house. Sometimes you need to hole up in your room while wrapped up in your down comforter and not do anything.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t hit the trails because the weather was started to turn dark and drab. Sometimes I’d like to think that these things won’t influence my outdoor decisions, but in all honesty, I’m a fair weather hiker and angler. I’m not fond of the random cold bursts of wind and drizzles of rain. At all.
It’s something I’ll have to buck up and get used to while writing Fresh Air Fort Collins. But not just yet.
So, instead of heading out over the weekend, the family and I attended the Tuesday event at Colorado Youth Outdoors/Swift Ponds that Conserving Nature’s Resources put on. They were a sponsor of our sister blog, Growing Up Fort Collins, and the event sounded really interesting.
I had never been to Swift Ponds before but had heard about the awesome fishing from my husband Bill. He had cancelled a fishing trip just to fish in a tournament here one year. It’s a private pond that people really don’t get to fish on. There wasn’t exactly fishing at this event, but oh boy – you could see them jumping!
The whole idea of the event was to help people connect with industries related to our natural resources, have the ability to ask questions in person and learn more about how these industries work in our community. There were representatives there from Western Heritage Company, Colorado Youth Outdoors, Northern Colorado Water and Water Valley, Wells Trucking, Pawnee Buttes Seed, Colorado Farm Bureau, Platte River Power, and more.
We walked from tent to tent for activities with the kids – BB gun shooting, archery (which was a lot of fun for my boys), casting games in the ponds, petting cows, chicken, and goats, and we walked away with a ton of schwag. It was a fantastic event on some beautiful property. I’m glad we had the opportunity to go and learn some fascinating tidbits along the way.