Since I moved to Fort Collins a year ago, I have learned that I live in what is the best part of the United States. You get to feel and see all four seasons, the scenery is unbelievable, and everyone wants to live here.

But I've also come to realize that I don't think I'll be able to ever cross everything off my list that I want to do around the area. So I asked myself that if there were four things that I needed to put on my Fort Collins bucket list, what would they be?

Here they are...and I think you need to have these on your bucket list as well...


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    Hike Up Horsetooth Mountain

    I am very lucky to be able to see Horsetooth Mountain on my ride home each afternoon. But while I have swam in Horsetooth, I still haven't hiked up the mountain with my family. This is one of those things that I have told myself to make sure I do in the next year.

    I've heard the scenery from up there is unmatched, and to be able to breathe the fresh air while overlooking the city is something everyone should experience.

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    Take the Full Drive Up Trail Ridge Road

    I'll admit. In my first Summer living in Fort Collins I tried driving up Trail Ridge Road twice. The first time I made it to around 11,500 feet. The second time I only made it about 10000 feet. That's what sweaty palms, sweaty feet, and being scared s&^%^*^%$$$ will do to you.

    However, I have made it my quest to make sure I drive the full length of Trail Ridge Road next Summer. From Estes Park to Grand Lake. It will be a huge accomplishment as I am very much afraid of heights.

    But...I think and know I can do this. Although I'll be fine if guard rails are put up this Winter.

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    Take the New Belgium Brewery Tour

    Before I moved to Fort Collins, I had never heard of New Belgium Brewery. I grew up in a far away land that didn't know much about craft brews. Well, at least not as much as Colorado.

    The first time I had a New Belgium Beer, it was love at first sight. No. Really. It was.

    And they have a flavor that is unmatched by any other brewer in my opinion. So now I have to make sure I take the tour of the brewery itself. They already have their schedule posted for 2016 and of course you get to sample some of the great brews they offer throughout the tour.

    So you can bet I will be there sooner rather than later.

  • Poudre River Bike Trail - Photo from the Poudre River Trail Corridor Facebook
    Poudre River Bike Trail - Photo from the Poudre River Trail Corridor Facebook

    Walk the Entire Poudre Trail

    It's 21 miles long and before I lost weight this Fall, I didn't think any of this would be possible. Let alone even think about doing it.

    However, here I stand wanting to accomplish this and have it on my "conquered list". It starts at the Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley and extends all the way to the River Bluff's Open Space in Larimer County. Maybe I can walk it. Or run it? I could even bring out the roller blades and hit up the trail that way.

    However I accomplish it, I am going to make it happen.