Lisa Blake 2017-05-20 04:51:42
IT TOOK BECOMING A MOTHER in the mountains to realize what it means to truly be in nature. To be still and appreciate the energy of the Colorado River from a camping chair while my infant son napped. To carry a one-year-old on my back to the base of Longs Peak, pausing what felt like every seven steps to point out a bird, marmot, waterfall or puffy cloud formation. To skin uphill, sweaty and winded, towing a 20-pound person just to show him the gorgeous white peaks that open up in Mayflower Gulch. This is his backyard. And we want him to know it, love it and seek it out. The book on my nightstand, How to Raise a Wild Child, talks about the science of falling in love with nature. Sad stats are thrown around—today’s children spend only seven to 30 minutes outdoors and a dizzying seven hours in front of screens. Every day. But the overall outlook is hopeful. In the face of urbanization and digital revolutions, mindful parents and teachers are taking the reins to reconnect kids with nature. That’s why I keep reading this book each night, when my work-from-home-mom eyes can barely handle another sentence. Why, after nearly nine years as a Breckenridge resident, I’m still stumbling upon new trails and experiences. And that’s why my heart is so full reading this issue of Breckenridge Magazine. In this summer edition—my first as editor, after years of contributing— we meet Bonnie Boex on her daily path tending to her bluebirds. We follow celebrated Colorado photographer John Fielder along slopes painted in wildflowers. We trace paths with two writers to some of our state’s most exhilarating waterfalls. I see their outdoorsy sides come to life on paper, their passions leading the way, and it’s inspiring. Knowing that I’m creating and connecting with like-spirited, hard-working, hard-playing all-in souls pushes me harder as a writer, mother and explorer. These are the realities I want to share with my son, on and off the trail. I look forward to seeing them come to life on the pages of this issue, and many more to come. All the best, LISA BLAKE, Editor / Breckenridge Magazine / firstname.lastname@example.org
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