Adult Journeys Out Yonder

Have you ever wondered about the history of places; cities, towns, mountains, beaches, streams, and other urban and rural locations? I have. In all the places I’ve lived, including where I live now, discovering the nooks and crannies that make that place unique allowed me to feel like I belong there.

JOY for Adults will give you the opportunity to discover places in Colorado, as a resident or visitor. Whether you have one day or one month, you decide what you want to discover, using my checklist, and I’ll create a Journey Out Yonder for you. 

John Lane, David Sobel, Thomas Wessels, Richard Louv, Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, and others are my mentors in searching for a sense of place. I would like to be your mentor, helping you discover your sense of place, using techniques created and honed by my mentors.

A valuable activity I will utilize is one John Lane writes and teaches, called Circling Home. “Once he was settled he decided to learn everything he could about the place in which he now resides. He took a saucer and a pen and drew a circle on a map that represented a one-mile radius from his home, and proceeded to explore every facet of the place including the topography, history, ancient and current citizenry, and industry. This exploration sharpened his sense of place, and serves as a model for how we might look at our own homes, terrain, and communities.” (New Dimensions: “The Practice of Settlement, Finding a Sense of Place with John Lane. April, 2008)

These are some of my favorite places in the Roaring Fork Valley, and beyond.


A recent journey to see the fall colors, on Grand Mesa.


Joyful Journeys Hot Springs Resort, south of Poncha Pass, offers a peaceful stay and soak.

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Sleeping in a yurt at Joyful Journeys Hot Springs.

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Sleep in a teepee at Joyful Journeys Hot Springs

Journeys Out Yonder provides experiences that will tease your senses, touch your imagination, and transport you to the past, present and future. Exploring an active marble mine in the Crystal River Valley, discovering the blossoming vineyards of the North Fork Valley, hopping to and from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming like the outlaws of the old west, will make you feel like a child again!

Here are more examples…


Explore Filoha Meadows, along the Crystal River, with Roaring Fork Conservancy.


Taste the treats at Vineyards and Breweries of the Western Slope.


Explore museums featuring western life, art and dinosaurs fossils.


Attend a music festivals in Colorado’s finest resort towns.


Enjoy a packed, baked potato and a beer at one of Colorado’s professional sports venues.


Discover geologic wonders in Utah’s Canyonlands, Glenwood Canyon, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Ouray and Grand Junctions Bookcliffs and Colorado National Monument, to name a few.


Soak your bones in natural hot springs at the local’s favorite spots…. 


 ….and in more posh locations! 


Explore the wonders of the desert, in eastern Utah

Visit an animal sanctuary, where our fellow animals, wild, farmed and domestic, have found their forever homes. 


Let your imagination run free and create an adventure of a lifetime.

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