Four years ago, my family and I moved to Colorado, and it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. Every year, we rent a condo in a town called Granby, near the Continental Divide. Last year, I convinced my family to go on an adventure to the top of the divide on snowmobiles.
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It was one of those decisions you make without really knowing what you’re getting into. Everyone was really excited until I pointed to where we were heading. It was one of those clear days, and as we looked up to the very top of the massive mountain, we could see that things were not as calm there as they were where we stood.
As soon as I pointed this out, my daughter started to rethink the adventure. It was written all over her face and in her voice. I told her how great it was going to be when we made it to the top and not to worry. I said the view was going to be amazing, and I will never forget her response: “Dad, is this going to be worth it?” Like every good dad would, I said, “Of course it will be!”
The instructor finished the safety talk, and we started up the mountain. My daughter kept saying, “Dad, slow down! Dad, I’m scared!” As we climbed, the path started to narrow, and she began to elevate her concerns to, “Dad, let’s turn around!” At one point, I was concerned myself, because taking a wrong turn meant going over a steep cliff. I tried to convince her that once we got to the top it would be worth it, but she was not having it.
We finally reached the first lookout with an amazing view. My daughter felt relieved and took in the scene. But when the instructor told us to keep going because we had not reached our final destination, my daughter officially lost it. She insisted she was not getting back on the snowmobile, but I was able to convince her to keep going.
We continued up narrow, winding roads to the top. It was awesome. Even my daughter said the view was so much better. We felt like we were on top of the world. Later, I asked her what she thought the experience. She said, “It was so awesome, Dad. I would do it again.”