Swimsuit Dilemma

It might have snowed yesterday, the 18th of May, but trust me, swimsuit season is just around the corner!  Fortunately, we live near a couple of hot springs which enables us to swim in the chilly mountain summer months.  These two moms are hilarious but they hit right on the heart of the dilemma we all face in front of the dressing room mirror:

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You can don your favorite swimsuit and visit two local hot springs, which are open year round, even when there is snow on the ground:

Mt. Princeton Hot Springs:  Mt. Princeton Hot Springs

Cottonwood Hot Springs:  http://cottonwood-hot-springs.com/colorado/

Courage

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”  ~John Wayne

Courage doesn’t mean a person has no fear.  It means that in spite of your fear, you are able to move forward and do what must be done.  In the case of a rodeo clown, or bullfighter as they prefer to be called, his job is mostly fun and games but there comes a time when he takes a deep breath, swallows hard, and moves forward to put himself between a nasty, mean bull and the rider he deliberately threw off his back.  His job is to make sure that the cowboy is able to exit the arena safe and sound and that takes courage.

It takes a little bit of courage, or sometimes even a lot, for each of the rodeo participants to do take part in a dangerous sport which could end their career in 8 second or less.  If it were easy, wouldn’t we all be riding a bucking horse?!?  Which is exactly is why you will see me in the stands rather than the shoots, sharing in the triumphs, disappointments, and tragedies of the cowboys and cowgirls at the 96th annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo in Buena Vista on June 10-11, 2017.

Give it all you got

This year marks the 96th consecutive year for Buena Vista’s rodeo.  It began as a celebration in the fall after the lettuce harvest was over.  The townspeople got together to have riding and roping contests and to celebrate their good fortune.  They were “BuenaKist”!

If you don’t have boots and a cowboy hat, tennis shoes and a ball cap are acceptable attire for a rodeo.  See ‘ya all there!

 

 

PaddleFest: Summer to Remember, 2017

Always on Memorial Weekend, PaddleFest is Buena Vista’s kickoff for summer fun and adventure!  Paddlers, both professional and amateur, descend upon Buena Vista from all over the region to hone their skills or to just be a part of this exciting river party.  This event includes kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) workshops, demos, races, and river competitions.

PaddleFest is an interactive, hands-on experience for participants to learn and share.  This is also an exciting event for the spectators.

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There are multiple events hosted in town, including a flat-water demonstration at Town Lake, a playpark on the Arkansas River, vendors in the South Main Town Square, and a concert.  PaddleFest is committed to providing opportunities for children to learn new skills and experience outdoor sports in a safe and fun environment.

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2017 Spring/Summer Schedule of Events – Buena Vista, Colorado, USA

If you are planning a trip to Buena Vista, Colorado any time in the near future, you’ll appreciate a Spring/Summer Schedule of Events.  Naturally, there will be more to add, so please check the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center website for additions or updates:  BV Chamber Website

They can also give you location, directions and even contact info.  If they don’t have, they’ll find it for you!  Call them at 719-395-6612.

WordPress Buena Vista Schedule of Events – Spring 2017

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Rustic Deer Head

I’ve been a crafter most of my adult life, however, I am not typically a craft blogger.  Having said that, I had to share this simple and easy rustic deer head I made for my work office.  I had picked up the paper mache deer head at Hobby Lobby half price and the the picture frame at a 2nd hand store for just$2.00.   With just a few supplies and a couple of hours, I created a beautifully framed rustic deer head.

My plan was to match the color of the frame to the antlers, or paint the antlers to match the frame.  I was going to cut a piece of plywood to glue the head to,  and reuse the mat.  However, once I got it all apart, I discovered that the mat was attached to the picture.  Since it was mounted on a fairly heavy backboard, I thought it would work well to support the light weight paper mache deer head.

I painted over the picture in white parchment (so the original image wouldn’t show thru the burlap), which matched the white in the mat.  I also painted the head of the deer with the same color.   Once the paint dried, I used mod podge to glue on a piece of burlap that was cut to the opening of the mat.

For the antlers, I found a gold that was close in color to the frame.  Once it dried, it was a little too gold, so I made a whitewash out of the white parchment paint and white washed the gold.  They matched perfectly.

Next, it was time to glue it onto the burlap.  Because the back of the paper mache head was not completely flat, I needed a glue that would fill in the recessed areas as well as fill in between the weave of the burlap for a better hold.  I used E6000 glue, which can be purchased at Wal Mart.

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I used rubber bands overnight to hold it tight and in place while the glue dried, and voila!  I have a beautiful rustic deer head to hang on my wall!

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No Guts, No Glory: No Risk, No Reward

The year was 1949 in Leadville, Colorado.  Two rapscallion friends, Tom Schroeder and Mugs Ossman, conspired to create a  new and unusual racing event, which was to take place during their winter Crystal Carnival. One suggestion was to up the ante by combining the pedestrian sport of skiing with a galloping horse.   They met at the Ossman ranch for a trial run in knee deep snow, and Ski Joring in Leadville was born (Leadville breaks it up into two words, not one).

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What is Ski Joring?  It is a competition where a horse and rider pull a skier at a fast pace through a course that has gates, jumps, and rings.  The skier is timed through the course where penalties are assessed by missing gates or jumps and by missing or dropping any of the rings (2 seconds per ring).  Teams are made up by a random draw before the start of the race, competing for a cash prize.    Ski Joring in Leadville is always the first full weekend in March.

It’s unclear where skijoring originated, however, it is believed that it began as a means of winter travel.   It has evolved into a competitive sport and was even a demonstration sport in the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland.   Skijoring today can be found in a couple of small mountain towns, after all they can’t practice this in Texas!  It is a melding of two cultures, the redneck cowboy and the outdoor, high altitude athlete.

Leadville begins their 2 day prep by gathering fresh snow by the dump truck load.  One hundred and twenty to be exact!  They create a track right down Harrison Ave, or Highway 24 on the map, which is the length of 2 1/2 football fields.   The course consists of a couple of jumps and the capture of 6 hanging rings with a jousting stick.     It might sound easy, but the skier is being pulled 35-40 mph behind a 1000 pound horse and a lot can go wrong in the 16-18 second run.

Why would a skier and/or cowboy do this?  Because it is an adrenaline junkies sport, of course!

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What’s in a Name

Change is inevitable.  We know it.  We often don’t like it. You can’t always stop it.  Buena Vista has been going through major changes ever since I moved here 16 years ago.  Before the name Buena Vista was decided upon for this little mountain town, it had a couple of different names.  I know of two, Mahonville and Cottonwood.  I’m sure the buzz created by choosing a new name caused great anxiety for the locals, especially the Mahons.

If you are Spanish speaking, or even have minimal knowledge of Spanish, you will most assuredly cringe at the correct pronunciation of the name.  You would, however, be mis-pronouncing it if you use proper Spanish.

Alsina Dearheimer, a local, whose first language was German, who did not speak Spanish, chose the name Buena Vista.  The emphasis is on the “u”.  It took me a few years to embrace the correct pronunciation.  You can always tell the locals from the tourists…you can also tell when a local is firmly entrenched in this community as they embrace and love the correct pronunciation.

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by John Duesler, Jr.,  of Emerging Sports TV regarding life in  Buena Vista, or BV as the locals call it, last summer.  John was hired on behalf of CBS sports to provide an endorsing promo of our little town.  I had the honor of taking him and his cameraman by horseback (with a pack horse, of course) to the bluff overlooking BV.  My voice is the first one heard on promo:  Built by a force of nature.  That pretty much sums it all up….literally and figuratively!

Come visit us some time!

Equine Parade Down Main Street of Small Town, USA

I’m not done yet posting about Christmas Opening in Buena Vista, Colorado, USA….it’s just that special!  We are fortunate enough to have not one but 2 parades go through town on this day (the first Saturday of December each year).  I have heard several locals pose the question “why two parades?”  Well, there is a very good explanation.  The first, The Equine Parade,  delivers Santa in town for all the young boys and girls.  He invites all the local children to bring their wish list and sit on his lap.  Photos are usually included too.  Once he has visited with all the little children, The Parade of Lights ferries him to the Community Tree where he lights the tree before moving on to the next town awaiting his presence.