Haggerty’s Hikes: Grateful I’m alive

There's plenty to be happy about living where we do

BILL HAGGERTY/The Daily Sentinel
THE GREAT COLORADO OUTDOORS give Coloradans something to be grateful for this time of year. From a trip to Redcloud and Sunshine Peak, top, to Capitol Lake below Capitol Peak, bottom, there are plenty of beautiful places within range of the Grand Valley.

BILL HAGGERTY/The Daily Sentinel
THE GREAT COLORADO OUTDOORS give Coloradans something to be grateful for this time of year. From a trip to Redcloud and Sunshine Peak, top, to Capitol Lake below Capitol Peak, bottom, there are plenty of beautiful places within range of the Grand Valley.

Most head shrinks agree that being grateful is important if we are to have a positive life. Gratitude allows us to see the bright side of our existence that turns us into positive people.

Unfortunately, we often look at what we instead of what we , and we end up complaining instead of being grateful.

I suspect that the greatest enemy to being grateful is taking something for granted. It makes us forget how miserable it would be if we didn’t have it… like the great Colorado outdoors, which is the reason most of us live here!

So, as we enter the second decade of the new millennium, I’m grateful for just about everything ...

I’m grateful for my beautiful family and my wonderful friends. I’m grateful for what I do and for where I live.

I’m grateful for my health and for the health of my family.

I’m grateful that one kid is getting out of college before the next one starts.

I’m grateful for my business, since it allows me the opportunity to hike and ski and fish and bicycle somewhere in western Colorado or eastern Utah every week.

I’m grateful for the new publishers of the Daily Sentinel, for allowing me to continue with my musings.

I’m really, really grateful for my editor, Patti Arnold, for putting up with me.

I’m grateful for the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and the great work being done on that property along the Colorado River, where 7th Street meets nature.

I’m grateful for all those folks who’ve purchased “Haggerty’s Hikes in a Bottle” from the Botanical Gardens, to help the gardens grow. (By the way, there are still copies remaining, just for you!)

I’m grateful for all those folks who put together the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens calendar, available at the Gardens for a mere $10. It was also designed to help the gardens grow.

I’m grateful to the Colorado Riverfront Commission for the excellent job its done in continuing to fuel Jim Robb’s vision of a riverfront trail extending from DeBeque Canyon to Loma. What a vision!

I’m grateful for a free and caring nation that allows us to have public debates such as the one raging on health care right now. Where else do those discussions occur on such a massive level? Sure, our health care system is broken. Sure it’s run by a bunch of crooked insurance companies. But, we can change that, and I’m very grateful.

I’m grateful that my computer works, that my buddy Lathem can fix it when it’s down, and that it allows me to electronically transfer this file to my aforementioned editor and I never have to actually step foot inside the Daily Sentinel offices (It’s just nicer outside than inside!)

I’m grateful for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Since we have so much public land and wildlife resources in this area, it’s nice to know there are agencies and people within those agencies who really care about the resource. After all, without our natural resources, we’d be hurting!

I’m grateful for the Grateful Dead. What a great jam band!

I’m grateful for my buddy Steve Allerton, who’s teaching a couple of us old dogs to play guitar after all these years.

I’m grateful for guys like Harry Griff and Bennett Boeschenstein for continuing to have a vision for our south downtown Riverfront area.

I’m grateful for Bernie Buescher, who continues to help the Western Slope from his position as Secretary of State. I’m also grateful to Bernie and his wife, Mary Beth, for getting me off my butt and getting involved in community matters.

I’m grateful for Elizabeth B. Harris, who along with Bernie, helped me do something positive for our community by becoming more vocal about what’s happening, and then actually doing something about it.

I’m grateful for my truck. Without it, my stories would all be within 10 miles of home, and you’d have read about the Riverfront Trail every week instead of just now and then.

I’m grateful for snow plow drivers. We’d never get through without them!

I’m grateful for my buddy Nick, who can escape with me quite often on my foray’s into the wilds of Colorado, and who continually hounds me to climb Mt. Garfield. Sorry, Nick. Been there. Done that. Got the T-shirt. Let’s go somewhere else!

Most of all, I’m grateful for this outdoor wonderland that surrounds us — 360-degrees of outdoor fun — and I’m grateful for you, dear readers. Without you, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy it as much as I do. I also wouldn’t be able to get my writing fix once a week.


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