I’ve spent the greater part of my life in, around and under the water. Scuba certified at 18, countless summers at the beach in New England growing up, 15 years as the editor of a scuba diving magazine traveling the world aquatic, and a couple seasons as host and producer of a scuba diving television show … I was literally and figuratively born under a water sign. When I moved to Colorado from Georgia four years ago, I sold my kayak and much of my scuba gear, thinking my new path would keep me high and dry.
This weekend, I rediscovered my watery roots at Trail Ridge Marina on Shadow Mountain Lake, a gorgeous body of water adjacent to Grand Lake, and a world away from parched Castle Rock. While I enjoy all photo shoots, some touch my inner being and ignite my passion more than others. Sitting quietly on the boat on a chilly Sunday morning, watching the sun struggle to ascend from the darkness behind Shadow Mountain, I remembered why I had devoted so much of my precious time exploring mysterious blue swaths on the map. Because it allows us to step outside of the norm, blaze a new path, and discover a part of ourselves that we didn’t know existed.
If you’re looking to bring out your inner watery child, I highly recommend a trip to Shadow Mountain Lake, and specifically to Trail Ridge Marina. From here, you can launch an expedition to explore the uninhabited islands at the south end of the lake, rent kayaks and stand up paddleboards, or navigate the canal into Grand Lake, cruising past tall stands of pines and the occasional grazing moose. Trail Ridge Marina is only a quick two-and-a-half-hour jaunt from Castle Rock. For more information, visit trailridgemarina.com.