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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5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals are Better Than a Hotel

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The Princeton Retreat – Welcome Home!

If you love to travel but stick primarily to hotels and motels, I hope you’ll consider looking at a Vacation Rental instead. Hopefully the following list will persuade you:

  1.  Vacation rentals are often less expensive than a hotel.  When you break down the cost per person and factor in the ability to prepare your own food rather than dining out, you often come out ahead with a vacation rental;
  2. The average vacation rental is more than 1000 square feet versus the 325 square feet of a hotel room.  There is room for everyone to spread out while still being all together in one place;
  3. If you travel with a furry pet, most hotels do not accept them.  While we do not accept pets at our rentals, many other vacation rentals do;
  4. The fees are laid out and paid up front.  There won’t be extra fees tacked on such as a mini bar, internet, etc.;
  5. Comfort!  You have the freedom to set your own schedule.  You have all the comforts of home such as full sized appliances, cookware and laundry facilities. You have the option of relaxing and unwinding in a sitting area without having to do so in the place you sleep.

Hover over each picture to see the name.

  1. The Princeton Retreat is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 8.  This house backs up to the game preserve in Game Trail.   Rates start at $275/night.
  2. The Ponderosa at Chalk Creek is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, which sleeps up to 16.  This house sits on Chalk Creek and has a beautiful green belt.  It also has a great game room with pool and foosball.  Rates start at $450/night.
  3. The Sunflower Room is a 1 bedroom studio which seeps 2 comfortably.  Water is a premium in Buena Vista and this studio sits right on Cottonwood Creek.  Rates start at $115/night.
  4. Mt. View Chalet is a 4 bedroom, 5 bath, which sleeps up to 14.  This house backs up to a peaceful green belt.  It too has a game room with foosball.  Rates start at $450/night.
  5. Brock Haus Log Home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 6.  This house has spectacular 360 views and sits on Cottonwood Creek.  The deck runs the full length of the house with a spot just right for roasting marshmallows down below.  Rates start at $325/night.
  6. Evie’s Outpost is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, which sleeps up to 8.  This house also has spectacular views and is on 2.5 acres outside of town which lends itself to peace and quiet.  Rates start at $250/night.

Each rental has a one-time housekeeping fee, sales & lodging tax and a security deposit.

Please check our website for more information:

Pinon Real Estate – Buena Vista Website

 

 

High Tech Gold Rush: A GeoCaching Journey

One hundred and fifty years ago, miners by the thousands flocked to the Arkansas Valley in search of minerals and gem stones.  They had to endure heavy snow, mud slides, incredibly cold temperatures with little shelter, and no way to navigate other than the rise and fall of the sun.  Today, you can re-trace the steps of those early settlers, without all the heartache, with a fun, high-tech way of treasure hunting.

On May 1, 2017, Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in conjunction with  Chaffee County Visitors Bureau will be kicking off a year-long GeoCaching Journey, in which participants can win prizes.  To participate, it is as simple as downloading an app to your smart phone, or by using a GPS (Global Positioning System) device.  You can search for hidden treasure stashed in “caches”, or treasure boxes.

This is the Chamber’s 2nd kickoff event, which has brought many people to the Buena Vista area in search of hidden treasure.  The caches are hidden in some of the most scenic and historically significant spots in and around Buena Vista and Chaffee County.   You might find something on the Barbara Whipple Trail, Trout Creek Pass, Ruby Mountain, St. Elmo Ghost Town, Clear Creek Resevoir, as well as Cottonwood Lake.

You won’t need to bring your stubborn old mule to carry your prospectin’ gear, the family sedan will get you to within a few steps of each cache, and there is no digging required.  Make your plans to saddle up the Chevy, load the family – young and old – and head on out to find some hidden treasure!

Visit the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center website to find more information on this GeoCaching Journey:  Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center Link

by Erin Godonis & Renee Graner

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Buena Vista, Colorado, USA, Present-Day Image, Courtesy of Baby Doe Studios

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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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!