Mt. Evans Wilderness, Colorado
For the last three years, we’ve headed up to the Mt. Evans Wilderness for a fourth of July hike. In wilderness, the trails are quiet and the wildflowers bloom in spectacular fashion. My hiking partners are toddlers. That means we stop to smell every flower, look under small rocks, watch the clouds roll by and listen for mountain critters. We don’t make it far enough down the trail to impede on anyone else’s solitude but we have our own full wilderness immersion not too far from the trailhead. We’re so fortunate to share wild places with our children as they are developing their first impressions of the world. We can only hope they too will fall in love with wilderness.
-Lisa Janeway, Evergreen, Colorado