Like so much in our lives right now, MOUNTAIN PARENT’s Summer Edition is “going digital.” Our Six-Foot Staycation is a summerlong series of posts aimed to update you about ways to “Vacation like you live here & and play like a tourist in your own backyard” while supporting our local businesses and flattening the C-19 curve.
It’s the end of our first trimester.
As of June 1, we’ve reached week twelve of Coronavirus closures.
Remember this milestone, dearest parents? After twelve weeks of gestation, your world opened up. You emerged from your cocoon and announced your news. That is, you reached out to everyone outside your circle of immediate family and closest friends. Sound vaguely familiar?
Although our circumstances are decidedly different living through a pandemic, compared with awaiting the joyous arrival of a child, we can choose to embrace this historic time with a similar sense of protective anticipation. Remember forgoing sushi? And brie? And second-laps on Highlands bowl and frozen margaritas in love already with the precious being you now tuck into bed at night or beg to taste their peas or celebrate in cap and gown.
Remember the uncertainty of not knowing? Just like pregnancy, we’re living through a time that is shaped by waiting, worrying, hoping, praying, wishing for “normal,” and realizing that there will be no such thing ever again. This is why many historians are calling Covid-19 a “biographical moment” in our consciousness, because, like becoming new parents, our lives will forever be changed by this event.
What exactly are we “birthing?”
What kind of future are we giving life to right now? One of being fearful of the “other?” Afraid of connection? Mistrusting of the world and the information we receive? Or are we birthing a stronger sense of resilience? And the kind of hope and resourcefulness that can bring us together? Even at a distance? Can we share in the common good by keeping the most vulnerable among us safe – while also working together to open doors? It’s entirely up to us, each of us, to decide how to birth this baby.
What to expect while we’re expecting…
The thing that seems hardest right now is – there’s no telling what to expect.
But there is some good news.
We in Colorado have a solid statewide recovery plan with dedicated experts at the community level working tirelessly to implement it. On June 1, as we enter Phase 2.2 of Colorado’s “Safer at Home” protocols, a number of businesses will start to reopen – those with official clearance to do so after working with County officials on a Covid-19 operation plan.
This means that we can expect protocols in place to safeguard against an uptick in the spread of Coronavirus. Such as face masks and six-foot clearances. Friends, we can demonstrate – both for our children and for our very-welcome visitors (who may come from places where face masks just aren’t so cool) – that this is how we roll here. Doing so will help keep our community thriving on every level.
MOUNTAIN PARENT’S C-19 summer plans
MOUNTAIN PARENT’s Summer Camp Planner provides updates on measures taken by our partners – services from Aspen to Glenwood Springs providing care, support, and programming for children and families. You can learn on a program-by-program basis how each is working creatively and thoughtfully to reopen, stay open, and keep each child and family safe. Our Service Planner gives this intel for a number of other categories as well.
Stay in touch
Please visit us often. You will find ongoing Summer Camp Planner Updates and a constant stream of Events (both in-person and virtual).
And please join our conversation on Facebook and Instagram, where you’ll find lots of ideas for planning your own Six-Foot Staycation.
Guide to camping at Lake Powell [Part 1]
Part 1: Packing list, weather conditions and more advice for camping at Lake Powell with kids.
Guide to camping at Lake Powell [Part 2]: No Boats Needed
Part 2: Recommendations for specific car camping sites at Lake Powell.
Ticks in Colorado
Facts and local knowledge about our least favorite “trail buddies” – TICKS!
Dream Pool Design Contest
Time for a new pool in Carbondale.
C-19 & Local Swimming Pools
Parenting During Turmoil
An interview with art therapist Helena Hurrell
MP’s Diversity Booklist
Summer Reading 2020
A summer-long series about loving this place while flattening the curve.
Summer Camp Planner
Find the latest COVID program updates for summer camps and classes. Camps are happening!
Up-cycle an empty pet food bag for this easy project.
Roaring Fork Nature Parks
A “Wild at Heart” map of nearby places to discover (or rediscover) with your child.
Mothers Day Tribute
Three local women who exemplify Julia Ward Howe’s Proclamation of Peace.
A tragic fact of nature? Or way to find your wings?
Good Sports: Lacrosse
With the ROARING FORK LACROSSE CLUB, everyone is included and “it’s just fun.”
Helping Hands: Lucky Day Animal Rescue
This foster-based rescue group helps connect pets with their forever families.
MP Trail Map: Winter Hut Trips
A family-friendly guide to planning an adventure to one of Colorado’s backcountry huts.
Writing By Hand
What can parents do to help their children learn this life skill?
A mother redefines HEALTHY after her daughter’s Leukodystrophy diagnosis
DIY: Upcycled Owl
Spread your wings to make this cuddly stuffed owl designed by Handmakery’s Ami Maes.
Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System
MP Trail Map: A guide to Roaring Fork Valley cross-country ski trails.
Meet local eco-chocolate maker Mark Burrows.
Helping Hands: Roaring Fork Valley Kids Who Care
Act Locally: A student-led effort to save Sea Turtles and Rainforests.
Good Sports: Challenge Aspen
Q&A with Special Olympics and NASTAR ski racer Tanner Jadwin
Nighttime Family Staycation
Wintertime fun after dark with the kids.
DIY: Spa Day
Make your own bath time bliss at home.
The McBride Internship: Kenya
Roaring Fork Valley students visit Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Good Sports: Ski Racing
For this mother and her daughters, skiing is among their earliest memories.
Giving the best present of all: Ourselves
Helping Hands: LIFT-UP
Can you feed your family breakfast, lunch, and dinner for $4 per person per day?
Helping Hands: The Farm Collaborative
Farm-to-Table meets Food Insecurity
Q&A: Honeybee Play
Q&A with the teenage creators of a new original musical
Helping Hands: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico
An award-winning after school dance program that’s about more than dancing. It’s a cultural bridge.
Getting Into College
Making sense of college admission statistics
Good Sports: BMX Biking
Crown Mountain Park’s bike racing facility has expanded into a world-class race course.
Harvest Road Trip
Drive Highway 133 from Carbondale to Hotchkiss and make new friends at our nearby farms.
Helping Hands: Way of Compassion Bike Project
One man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure.
MP Trail Map: Mount Elbert
Your child’s first fourteener can also be Colorado’s highest peak.
Good Sports: Sailing
Aspen Rec Department’s Don Sheeley Sailing School
Find Yourself in the Lost Forest
Discover Aspen Skiing Company’s Lost Forest adventure park.
DIY: Skateboard Swing
Turn a discarded skateboard into a big backyard hit.
MORE to FIND in the LOST FOREST
Lots to do in the Aspen Snowmass Lost Forest
DIY: Portraits of Your Children
How to capture magical frame-worthy photos
Helping Hands: Colorado Animal Rescue
C.A.R.E. can help you figure out what kind of adoptable pet is right for you and your household.
Good Sports: Baseball
A Glenwood Springs High School graduate and college baseball recruit shares what he learned at the ballpark.
Homelife Recipes: Backyard Burgers
Q&A with Jerilyn Nieslanik about how to avoided the dreaded hockey puck burger
MP Trail Map: Hartman Rocks
High desert mountain biking between Crested Butte and Gunnison
Citizens of the World
Roaring Fork High School students become world travelers through an all-inclusive club
Where to find Wildlife
Learn about the untamed creatures you might encounter in our mountain forests and meadows.
The Art of Being ENOUGH
A Motherhood Manifesto
Yampah Mountain High School’s Teen Parent Program
A campus in Glenwood Springs where each student is met exactly how they are.
LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Roaring Fork Valley Schools
A community-wide PRIDE parade + other other Valley-wide efforts to welcome everyone.
Good Sports: Soccer
Reflections from an Aspen HIgh School midfielder and member of an elite all-valley women’s team.
MP Trail Map: Navajo Rocks
A family-friendly mountain biking destination near Moab, Utah
Helping Hands: Mountain Valley Developmental Services Greenhouse
A nonprofit gardening center where developmentally disabled adults work (and bloom).
Homelife Recipes: Passover Seder
Rabbi Emily Segal of Aspen Jewish Congregation reflects on this sacred meal (and shares her recipe for Matzah crack)
Good Sports: Black Belt
A RFHS student and Rising Crane Training Center Cuong Nhu black belt shares her accomplishment.
MP’s Cover Artists: Lily and Elana Royer
Meet the mother-daughter creative team behind Lilybart
DIY: Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet
Step-By-Step instructions for making a fun puppet at home.