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Explore Your Backyard

Explore Your Backyard

Sep 1, 2012

We have more time now to discover our own backyard!  What have YOU discovered recently in your own backyard? I am reminded of the story, Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell.

This is the story of a man who dreamed of finding riches so he sold his farm and set out into the world in search of a Diamond Mine.  Years later, exhausted and broke he returned home to discover that the diamonds he had set out to find were right there in the fields of his own farm.


Are there museums, hikes or treasures to be found in your own town, county or state?  With unstable gas prices, who wants to travel cross country?  Why not be a tourist in your own back yard?Last year, I decided to google top places to visit in Boulder and Broomfield counties in Colorado which is in our own backyard.  I had no idea that there was “gold” to be found in “them there hills” only 20 miles from our home in Gold Hill Colorado.  It was the site of the first major discovery of gold during the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush.  How cool is this?  We have lived here for 17 years and I had no idea this quaint little town existed.  We planned a day trip up to the town and had a great time.  We explored the town and then ate at the ole time Gold Hill General Store and Cafe.  What a delightful and fun day!  It was a diamond we discovered in our own backyard.

What diamonds are there just waiting for you to discover in your own backyard?  Maybe you have known about it but in the busyness of raising children, did not have time to explore it.  Set aside a date for your day trip and put it on your calendar!  Tell us about your “backyard adventures”  experience in the reply box below. Send us a picture here.

Tips and Take-a-longs:

(Please add to these from your own experiences in the reply box below)

  • Google “things to do” or “top 10 must sees” for your town, county or state
  • Check out your Chamber of Commerce Events calendar online
  • Search for hiking trails, state parks or reservoirs

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