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By: Shannon Hughes

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Jul 11, 2016 | Linhart Blog, Our Culture

OUTSIDE THE LPR OFFICE: THREE QUESTIONS WITH SHANNON HUGHES

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

A few years ago this would have been a quick and easy answer – skiing. Now that I’ve spent the last five summers in Colorado, I’d have to change that to hiking. I’ve discovered the secret that as amazing as Colorado winters are, summers are even more incredible. My friends introduced me to hiking 14ers a few years ago and now I’m hooked! I love the challenge they present and nothing feels better than finally summiting and getting to see the beautiful views from the top of Colorado. I try to hike at least two or three every summer. Hopefully someday I’ll have conquered all 54!

Where is the coolest place you’ve traveled?

I don’t know if it’s exactly the coolest place I’ve traveled, but it’s certainly the most unique place. When I was studying abroad, I spent a few days of my fall break in Morocco. For part of it I was in Fez and spent some time exploring the mosques, fountains and shops in the famous medina. Next we took a trip across the country to Merzouga where we spent the night riding camels and camping in the desert. Most of the traveling I did when I was abroad was in Western Europe and my visit to Morocco was the first time I experienced a bit of culture shock. My favorite part was experiencing a completely different way of life.

Unfortunately I don’t have any immediate plans to travel more, but I’m always thinking about where I would go next. The list of places I’d like to visit is endless, but I’ve decided that the next big trip I take will be to Patagonia. I’d love to do the W Trek in Torres del Paine!

What brought you to Colorado?

I moved out to Colorado five years ago to attend the University of Denver. I loved growing up in Minnesota, especially spending the summers on the lake, but Colorado is without a doubt my home now. My friends joke that I couldn’t live without being close to the mountains and it’s definitely true. I ski almost every weekend in the winter and hike as much as possible in summer.

Oddly enough in college I never spent much time exploring Denver, so I’m starting to do that now. There are so many great restaurants and neighborhoods to check out. The community spirit around the sports teams is contagious (although the Avs will never be as good as my Wild!), which just adds to the fun atmosphere of Denver.

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