This is a guest post by Waves Ambassador Brendon Rodman.
Colorado is fortunate in that the state not only experiences true seasons but many different climate zones. Not only do we have a real winter (which most of the country only knows about because of ski season), but we have an amazing summer, a great spring, and a colorful fall. Moving from East to West across the state, you experience the Great Plains, Foothills, Montane Forests, Subalpine, Alpine, Subalpine, Montane Forests, Foothills, and Semidesert Shrublands, right before you enter Utah. These different seasons and climate zones allow you to experience huge temperature swings and a change of activities as you change your location or altitude.
One of the greatest aspects of this type of environment is the ability to pursue multiple activities in a day, or weekend. It is common, in the spring, for someone to catch a few runs at Arapahoe Basin, golf in the afternoon, and end the day on a party boat in Lake Dillon. I have been camping in July to wake up with snow on the ground. In the winter, you can ski a half day, or a whole Saturday at Breckenridge, and spend the rest of the weekend playing yard games in Denver at Washington Park. It is not uncommon to see an SUV fly past you on I-70 loaded with skis, bike, space case, and a trunk loaded with various camping/climbing/coolers, at any time during the year. Personally, this can lead to activity overload.
Because of our wonderful summers and popular ski season, a lot of people will skip what has come to be known as the "shoulder seasons." This time between the "popular" seasons are when we locals can really enjoy our state. Fall is a great time to get outside without the pressure of tourists. I especially like this time of year because not only is the air getting cooler (and there is football on T.V.), but it allows me to pursue two of my favorite things, fly fishing and turkey hunting.
Both of these activities get me out into some of the most beautiful and untouched places in the state. They also are similar in that they take extreme patience, practical knowledge, and skill. Because of the time of year and the Colorado environment, my choice of technical gear comes into play more so than in the heat of the summer or the cold of the winter. A fall morning can start at 40 degrees, heat up to 80, and get back to the 40's before I get back to the car. This fall, my Waves Floating Sunglasses have been with me through all of my adventures, and have performed above and beyond expectations. The lightweight, polarized lenses, and UVA+UVB protection have allowed me to be successful on the river and out in the woods.