Usually at this time, we’re ready to emerge from our homes after a winter of cold and snow and ice; this year, the good weather is getting a little ho-hum. But it’s still spring, damn it. The season — and all it brings with it — has officially sprung. What that means in Colorado is mountain flowers, warmer temps and a host of Mile-High signs that the seasons are officially turning from nasty to nice...including these ten.
10. Soaking in the Heat
Sure, we might have too much of it already, but despite all the global warming and apocalyptic-weather warnings, it sure does feel good to leave the jacket at home and head out into the sunshine, doesn’t it? We might be whistling past the environmental graveyard, but still — it’s a nice stroll. Call that deliberate denial or glass-half-full optimism, but enjoy the sun while you’re doing it.
9. Everyone Is Half-Naked in Fort Collins
Kickball leagues, weekend volleyball, day-drinking: Pick your pastime in Fort Collins parks, and enjoy the fact that the only mandatory clothing are pants. That’s right, everyone can go topless in Fort Collins now, which is probably going to be on all the town's tourism advertising from here on out.
8. Patios Are for More Than Measuring Snowfall
All over the state, patios have been relegated to photo opportunities for frozen precipitation, despite Kyle Clark’s pleas and the wisdom of bringing in your patio furniture for the season. Now we can use patios once again for their intended purpose: eating anything from a grill and drinking anything cold. Granted, we haven’t had much call for those patio pictures this season, which has stretched the creativity of weathercasters all over the state. You think you’re praying now? Talk to Kathy Sabine, who’s been running out of things to say since January.
7. Music in Morrison
Red Rocks Amphitheatre opens for business again in the springtime, and the legendary venue will once again begin to host the finest in musical acts, not to mention classic movies in the Film on the Rocks series and various events, including the Easter sunrise service. Last year, the Easter tradition was canceled due to snow. This year that looks unlikely, despite all the folks praying for precipitation.
They might be the Boys of Summer, but it all starts in the spring. Training aside, the season begins in April; this year, the Rockies open their schedule in Milwaukee. It’s the time of year to take someone out to the ball game, to watch the Rockies hit the ball and touch ’em all, for peanuts and Cracker Jack (and hot dogs and beer). Oh, and for checking the schedule before you even attempt driving anywhere near the ballpark.
5. Everyone’s Hitting the Gym
You might think that gym memberships would increase in the winter, because there’s less to do outside during the colder months of the year. And in that, you would be right — but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people flocking to the ellipticals as spring starts, too. Everyone who’s been packing on all that weight can’t rely on sweaters to hide it anymore. Stupid non-bulky fabrics! Carbs, we’ll see you in November.
4. Lawns Become a Pain in the Ass
Hey, remember watering your grass? Yeah, you need to start doing that again. Especially now that the Front Range is in a serious drought. Moving hoses, setting sprinklers, getting occasionally soaked when you don’t expect it — fun stuff, right? And it’s not just grass: You’ll need to prune and weed and trim and plant and generally spend money to make your house look like you’re the green thumb on the block, and so everyone can envy the scent wafting from your planting beds. Make sure your picket fence is nice and white, too.
3. Get on Your Bike and Ride
Some diehards have been riding their bikes — to work or wherever — for months now. Some even have snow tires, not that you needed them this winter. But spring marks the time when the more casual bikers among us can break out our cruisers, leave the car in the garage, and two-wheel it around town. You know: according to the rules of the road, and indulging in no impolite (or illegal) cycling asshattery whatsoever.
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2. Skiing Gets Better and Worse
Swooshing down the slopes is even more fun when you’re not freezing to death — some even do it in shorts. As fun as it might be to ski in the warm sun, though, that also means that you’re perilously close to the ski season itself ending. Consider this a parting gift from winter as it draws to a close, heads north, and refuses to return until the EPA is led by someone who believes in science.
1. You Start Singing Like Willy Wonka
You knew this song was taken from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, right? Of course you did. It’s springtime in the Rockies, people: if you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.