7 Peaks Festival

I have been neglectful when it comes to blog posting….such is the life in a tourist town when you work 7 days a week 8-10 hour days during high season.  For that I am unapologetic as I ate my first meal today at 11:30 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend is the inagural Seven Peaks Festival, where this little mountain community of 3000 in town, and 6000 in the surrounding community will welcome Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osborne, Lanco, Kieffer Sutherland (yes, the actor), Clint Black! (Just to name a few) and 20,000 of their greatest fans.   What a great opporunity!

I was asked to shoot pictures for the local paper so I’m hoping that Seven Peaks Festival will issue me an “up and personal” media pass – I’ll know more tomorrow.  Hopefully my house full of guests will understand that I might have other duties to attend to.

Click here for more info  >>> Seven Peaks Festival

I belive there are still a few tickets for sale and I actually have a couple of rentals that are available (they were late on the market otherwise they would have booked when they first announced the festival).

Check out my website, or call/text me directly:  http://escapetothemountainsrentals.com/vacation-rentals/

Party on!


Where’s the Fire?

Not a phrase we Coloradans like to hear in the summer.  Chaffee County is currently under a Stage 2 fire ban.  The July 4th firework celebration has already been cancelled at the Rodeo Grounds as it will take several weeks of daily rain to reverse conditions…no daily rain predicted here!

Click on the link below which will explain fire restrictions:

Fire Restriction Charts

Click on the link below which contains information from Sheriff Spezze regarding the fire ban

Sheriff Spezze Fire Ban Info

Boucher Bunkhouse

Buena Vista is a rural community rich in the history of mining, ranching, and more recent hitory, tourism.  This property is only one of the very few and unique farm-type vacation rentals in the area.   Boucher Bunkhouse is outside of the hustle and bustle of Buena Vista, but close enough that you can be anywhere within 5-10 minutes.  Welcome quite, peaceful, relaxing (but no worries, not totally disconnected)  with internet, tv, laundry facilities, and a full kitchen at your fingertips!

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How Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Mountains & Festivals All Go Together

Buena Vista is once again shooting for the stars.  Dierks Bentley has been spotted in town more than once by the locals.  He’ll be back here Labor Day Weekend with just a few of his friend.  Dierks is bringing with him fellow country musicians Miranda Lambert,  Brothers Osborne, Elle King, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Lanco, The Cadillac Three, just to name a few….

Promoted as an inaugural event, Seven Peaks Festival will be located in The Meadows, on County Road 350, Buena Vista, Colorado, USA.  Opening Day will be August 31 and will run through September 2, 2018.  I haven’t seen the schedule of the lineup yet but have heard that Dierks Bentley will play each day.

Tickets aren’t cheap, but well worth it if you love the lineup!  They don’t go on sale until the 20th of April, 10 a.m., and I’ve heard predictions that they will sell out within a couple of hours.  I’ve already started booking vacation rentals before tickets have been purchased so finding lodging in town may be difficult if you wait too long.

Mountain Vacation Rentals

Seven Peaks Festival

Billboard Announces Dierks Bentley

See you in August!


Goat Rope’n

I always thought the term “goat roper” referred to a type of dress/mentality/interests in life.  My youngest referred to himself as a goat roper when he was in high school.  I guess because he wore cowboy boots, drove a pickup, preferred “Mudd’n” to sports.  Last week I found out that there is actually an event at National Western Stock Show 2018 that is called “Goat Rope’n”.    Who knew?!?

Actually, it is an event sponsored by the Denver Chamber of Commerce which raises $30,000 to $35,000 which provides the funds for the Chamber to bid on a steer at NWSS 2018 which is part of the scholarship program.  I really didn’t know what to expect when I was assigned the photography assignment but it was immensely enjoyable and entertaining!

Goats kind of do what they want, not what the goat wrangler wants!  The event does involve more than goats however.  There are several events that a teams of four participate in and earn a cumulative score for their team.  Anything goes most of the time!  Beer guzzling, barrel (or cone) racers on stick horses were timed and the fastest relay team earned points for their team.  Same goes with pig wrestling and the cow patty toss.

Just a few pictures from the event:

Next year I may decide to put my own team together!

Horseback Riding at Twin Lakes in November?!?

The weather was cooperating and the horses were frisky yesterday.  It didn’t take us long to load them into a trailer and just go.  Since it was hunting season, and we didn’t relish the thought of being mistaken for deer or elk, our destination was the Colorado Trail at Twin Lakes.  It is a heavily used trail year round, and I have never seen evidence of either deer or elk, so it was a safe bet that there would not be any hunters in the area.

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Our horses still have shoes on so we were hoping for only a little snow on the ground.  As it turned out, there was about half an inch but because the trail is used so often, there were bare spots too.  We didn’t see signs of any deer or elk, but we did see bike tracks in the snow, lots of footprints and even dog tracks.   What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon in November!

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Horseback Riding with a Unicorn!

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All you need to be a real cowgirl are boots, a hat, and when it’s chilly, a pair of chaps!

Is the World Safe Anymore?

When my oldest daughter was in elementary school, I applied my lifelong love of sports to coaching softball, volleyball and basketball for the City of Colorado Springs.  As I was attending coach related classes, there was a theme that was running through each of these classes that caused me concern. We were instructed to not keep score and they wanted us to tell our athletes that we are “all winners”.  What a disturbing thought, because guess what?!?  We are not all winners.    Who is teaching these kids life lessons such as winning gracefully, or even more important, how to lose gracefully??  In an effort to spare the feelings of the losers, they were in essence taking away the ability for these children to live and work in the real adult world.

I took this question back to the parents of the children I was coaching.  They all agreed, we would keep score even if it was only for our own use.  My daughter has never played any sport without knowing the score, and guess what, she is and was a commodity to any employer she has ever worked for.  She has the ability to make her fellow co-workers “look bad or lazy” because she understands the drive and incentive to be the best she can be and to accept gracefully her short-comings.     When she doesn’t perform up to the task, she is also willing to accept that she didn’t achieve what she should have set out to do  We are now seeing the effect of telling our children that they are all winners.  We’ve created a generation of fragile egos; adults who can’t function in an adult world.

Click on the link below as it is well written and pertinent to life in 2017.  How do we change this?  How do we give our kids the opportunity to develop their own identity and to become brave and willing to explore the world and their option?  How do we teach them to win gracefully and even more important, how to lose gracefully?

Fragile Children

Identity Theft

I’ve not kept up with the whole Equifax fiasco/security breach so I am not up to date on everything that happened, however I have been concerned that someone might help themselves to my information which I’ve head is a nightmare to clean up.  I had heard that Equifax was providing a year subscription for theft but I wasn’t sure how to go about signing up for it.  It’s possible that if you sign up for the identity protection, you will not be able to sue Equifax should there be a class action lawsuit in the future.

By most estimates, 1/2 of the population was affected by the security breach.  To determine if you are included in those numbers, go to their website to check:

Equifax Security Breach 2017

Scroll to the bottom and click on “Read More”

Scroll to the bottom and click on “Potential Impact”

Fill in your last name and the last 6 digits of your SS#.

Weather your information was part of the security breach or not, you can still sign up for a free one-year subscription to their identity protection program called Trusted ID.  The last day to sign up is November 21, 207.

When Was The Last Time You Visited With A Madam?

The Madam show is back!  Madams of Central Colorado, a production for the benefit of Buena Vista Heritage Museum, will open on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. sharp.  This show features the lives of 6 women who lived and worked this valley from circa 1880 to 1950.  No lie!  The stories they share are based on actual events.  You can either purchase tickets beforehand at the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center for $15….or if you are feeling really lucky, you can purchase them at the door of the Museum.

Read the following article for all the dirt and details.  Thank you Ark Magazine for keeping our notoriety alive!

Madams of Central Colorado