Thanksgiving Trivia

Before we steamroll into Christmas, this is certainly the time to reflect on the things that are most important of all.  I’m sure for most US Americans (as this is only an American holiday), myself included, at the top of that list is family.  I know a lot of people feel they are obligated to spend time with their “dysfunctional” family.  I’m fortunate to have raised a gaggle of funny, smart, crazy children, in a highly functioning family which I enjoy spending time with.  Missing this year will be my youngest Marine son, Kade, who is stationed in North Carolina, but the rest of us will be together for a late Thanksgiving dinner, Logan (the son in law) and Paige (the only grandchild) included.

After spending hours in the kitchen, and then hours cleaning up, I instituted a new holiday tradition once my kids were old enough to stand in front of a stove, which continues today.  I create the menu for the day, print recipes and assign a dish or menu item to each member.  We get to spend time together cooking, and of course laughing together, and the burden of providing a big elaborate meal is lifted from mom’s shoulders.  One of favorite ways to cook a turkey is deep fry!  Yum!  We set up the fryer in the shop and everyone hangs out there while it cooks.   Oh, the smell is mouth-watering!

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Another holiday tradition that we look forward to is gathering at our big dirt pile/shooting range for target practice.  The neighbors wisely keep their kids inside!

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As the title implies, here is my Thanksgiving Trivia, oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when scared.  Domestic turkeys are heavier and can’t run as fast (which is why we see the on our dinner table!).
  2. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle (I’m glad someone shot that idea down!).
  3. Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving with Californians consuming the most.
  4. Neil Armstrong and Buss Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
  5. The heaviest turkey on record according to the Guinness Book of Records weighs 86 pounds.
  6. Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble.
  7. The average Turkey for Thanksgiving meal weighs in at 15 pounds.
  8. Campbell’s Soup created the green bean casserole for the annual cookbook 50 years ago.  It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup.

Enjoy your family or friends, your meal, and most of all, your day!

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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:

Moms Explain the Swimsuit

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.

Paddlesfest

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.

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  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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