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A Nelson Family Vacation How to Escape the Summer Sun
I love Texas. I plan on never leaving the Lone Star State, save for a few weeks in July and August when we have to escape the sun.
which is always fun to check out. Even when there’s nothing going on in town, we still have a good time at the Airbnb, cooking meals and spending time together as a family.
Don’t get me wrong, after growing up in South Dakota with 40-below winters, I welcome the warm weather. But as my wife says, I have two kryptonites: traffic and heat. When it feels like the sun is trying to bake you every time you step outside, there’s nothing I enjoy more than escaping to Breckenridge, Colorado, a small town at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Before Tiffany and I met, we both vacationed in Breckenridge, and after we were married, this is where we spent our honeymoon. Today, we love bringing our girls up to Breckenridge during summer vacation. Breckenridge is a popular skiing destination in the winter, but the town offers plenty to do in the summer. For example, I love off-roading, and there’s plenty of places to go off-roading in Breckenridge. Tiffany and our youngest daughter, Charley, don’t care for off-roading, as we learned last year. Fortunately, Savannah, my oldest, is all about it. We’ll go off-roading together while Tiffany and Charley go hiking. If you’re like my wife and off-roading isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do in the Rockies during the summer. People visit Breckenridge to play golf, enjoy some horseback riding, go fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, or even swing down a zip line. Basically, if it can be done outside, you can probably do it at Breckenridge. They even had summer dog sledding, which is exactly what it sounds like. Besides off-roading, our summer vacations to Breckenridge tend to be pretty relaxed. There’s this great little creek that flows right through town, where kids play all summer long. The girls like to splash around in the water while Tiffany and I browse the shops on Main Street. Some years, our trips overlap with a big art festival,
We don’t do a lot of planning before heading up to Breckenridge. There’s not a huge checklist of things we have to do in order for it to be a good vacation. Mostly, the goal is to enjoy each other’s company while also enjoying temperatures that are less than 100 degrees. I really cherish our trips to Breckenridge, and not just because it gets me out of the Texas summer sun. They say you only have 18 summers to spend with your kids while they’re still kids. After that, they’re off to college or starting their own lives. Savannah and Charley are growing up fast. Soon the day will come when getting the family to Breckenridge isn’t as simple as packing some bags and walking out the door.
I look forward to these summers and plan on holding onto them for as long as I can.
—Dr. Derrick Nelson
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