Millions of people favor Mom with groovy gifts on Mother’s Day. But I know most mothers would be just as delighted by a gift on any day — like her birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or even just a day of spontaneously saying “I love you.” That being said, Mother’s Day will soon be upon us. When my husband asks me what I might enjoy as a Mother’s Day gift, I suggest the three of us; myself, Flash and Molly the dog go for a morning hike – which we have done many times. The closest and easiest hike is up the “A”, locaged at the end of Prospect Road. I’m not sure “The A” is its official name. Officially it is the Maxwell Natural Area. We call it “The A” because you can see the Aggie’s A painted on the hilllside by Hughes Stadium.

Trailhead for the A at Near  Prospect Rd. & Banyon Dr. Intersection

Trailhead for the A at Near Prospect Rd. & Banyon Dr. Intersection

When you reach the top you get an awesome view of Fort Collins the Horsetooth Reservoir. One year Flash (yes, that’s his real name!) took me up the A and when we reached the top I could smell pancakes on somebody’s griddle gently interwoven with maple syrup. To my delight it was my sons Max and Zac who had made me a surprise Mother’s Day breakfast right there at the top!

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If you aren’t going to hike the A, or find yourself short a camp stove, another nice ways to honor your mother — or a favorite aunt, grandma, teacher or other caring person — on her own memorable day is with a Mother’s Day massage. Special presents like a gift card from TLC Medical Massage or one of my Mother’s Day and Spring Specials mean that Mom can choose a variety of ways to feel better, look better, be better, and just take a needed ‘me’ time out.

This year I have combined with my good friend and great esthetician Barb to offer several money saving / Mom pampering options:

  1. Jan and Barb’s combined Mother’s Day and Spring Special ~ Mom (or you) will enjoy a Hot Stone Massage and brightening facial with lip treatment.
    Package – 140.00
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  2. Jan’s Wild Orange Sea Salt Foot Treatment ~ Start with a sole-soothing foot scrub containing Wild Orange essential oil, coconut oil and sea salt, a treat for the feet! Added warm towels to soften sore muscles followed by a sole pampering foot massage. You’re circulation will improve and your skin will feel softer!
    30 minutes – $45
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These specials can be ordered right here in The Shop, or by phone.

If you would rather take Mom out for a hike, check out the Every Trail website. There you will find listings for the best Mother’s Day hikes in Fort Collins.