Changes in Altitude Bring Changes in Attitude

Traveling Jun 15, 2012 1 Comment

When we started this road trip last week, it was kind of hard to believe that it was finally here.  We’d been planning for years, and then one day it just sneaks up on you – you’re off!  Unfortunately, it just didn’t feel like we were there yet – long days of traveling, not being able to find anything packed in the trailer, adjusting to a new schedule.  It had us all out of sorts.

Then we made our first camp for a week in Central City, CO at 9000 feet and started feeling tired and weak from the altitude.  Come Wednesday (day 5), however, it all started to change.  We were settling into a routine, it was no longer painful walking back to the trailer up the hill from the shower house, and we were seeing and doing some pretty epic things.

Tracie stands atop Mt. Evans

The view from Mt. Evans was awe-inspiring, and attitude-changing

The turning point came with our trip up Mt. Evans on Wednesday. We went out as a family, and stretched some of our comfort zones, both on the drive up as well as the hike to the top. Tracie was nervous someone was going to fall off the mountain – but I wanted some pictures… We all got what we wanted, and an amazing experience, to boot.

Today we make another move – checking out of Central City (down the canyon, up the canyon, down the canyon, up the hill, down the mountain to Denver) then on we’re off to Colorado Springs for some more adventure.  We’ve gotten the logistics down, now we’re ready to start the adventure.


Bret Shroyer lives in Minnesota, where he enjoys outdoor activities and road trips in all seasons. He and his wife Tracie raise their three teenage children to be honest, independent, financially savvy and well-traveled. Together with their giant poodle, the Shroyer family strives to find excitement in whatever life has in store today. Bret's day job as a reinsurance actuary provides the resources and the flexibility to lead his family in their common pursuit of adventure.

One Comments

  1. I am so happy to read about your “mountain-top” experience. It is a great parallel story for life. We have good days and bad, challenges with peaks and valleys– and the moral seems to be the same–keep hiking! It’s a lesson everyone can learn from. How powerful that your family is being united learning these lessons together, something none of you will ever forget.

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