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!



Winter is Finally Here!

Snow on Main St

We’ve had so little snow this winter season that most days felt like fall.  Finally, I’ve cleared  my sidewalk twice this week.  It’s not much but it’s a start!  The mountains have been getting hit hard too.  Perfect time to think about planning a ski trip!

Winter Adventure in the Rockies


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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Twin Lakes

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



The Princeton Retreat: Welcome Home

We have inched into July, which is peak season for Buena Vista.  Anyone in a tourist community can understand the intensity of peak season!  I try to carve out a little time during the week for Paige, but then that means that other things are neglected.  Blog writing is probably the first thing to go.  So, in lieu of writing my own blog, I am going to share a blog by Emily and Hudson Crider, travel bloggers, who stayed with us last May at the Princeton Retreat.  Their blog was really all-encompassing about Colorado, but they do spend a little time talking about Buena Vista and their fabulous stay here:

The Princeton Retreat: Welcome Home