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Getaway with No Excuses

Jun 19, 2017 08:56PM ● By Stephanie Wilson
As summer begins, you have all sorts of plans to head out and enjoy the wonders of Colorado’s natural landscape, to go camping and fishing and hiking and biking to your heart’s content. To make s’mores under the stars. To summit 14ers as the sun rises. To slip and slide down the sandy slopes at Great Sand Dunes. But then reality sets in and—as reality tends to do—gets in the way. Because “even the best laid plans,” right? Wrong. If you’ve got excuses keeping you from getting out there, the web has the answers. Need somewhere to camp? Try Hipcamp, a website described as “the Airbnb of camping.” Need to rent gear? Try Outdoors Geek and borrow tents and all the other backpacking equipment you’ll need for a few days off the grid. Need a guide? Try Hinterlands, an iOS app that connects its users with a curated list of the best local professional explorers. Need a pet sitter? Try Rover, the new incarnation of the Dog Vacay app and website that connects you with insured, trusted people to watch your furry family members. Need someone to watch your kids, too? Then you can look to, a site that’s a modern incarnation of the ever-popular Baby-Sitters Club concept. The summer is here, and Colorado can be your oyster. Get out there. –SW