On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley

On Mountain Time: Slowing Down in the Fraser River Valley 1

I’ve driven this road a hundred times, but it doesn’t matter. I still strain my neck trying to take in the scenic view as my car climbs the foothills out of Denver and heads into the heart of the Rockies. I rise above the city, now just a tiny speck in my rearview mirror, and … Read more

Mountain High: Colorado Dude Ranches

The last traces of snow have disappeared here in the Rockies, replaced by blooming wildflowers, shimmering aspen and the pure, warm breezes of summer. The temperate days and cool nights provide perfect conditions for hiking along mountain streams and horseback riding across valley pastures. Though thousands of skiers flock to Colorado each winter, summertime is … Read more

Tabernash: What Kind of Car Would Jesus Be Driving?

The tiny community of Tabernash might not be among your first choices of Colorado vacation spots because the list of tourist amenities it does not have far outweighs the attractions it does, other than the Colorado-class views, of course. For instance, among the things the town lacks is a motel, a definite impediment for the … Read more

Shopping: Her Idea Is Different Than Mine

Because we live in the wilds of Colorado, my wife has been bugging me to take her to Denver so she could go shopping for a bunch of “stuff she can’t get here.” At this point, I should stop and explain that her idea of shopping is different than mine. My idea of shopping is … Read more

Hot Sulphur Springs: Colorado’s Low-Key Hot Spot

The Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa draws a diverse crowd all year round. Those seeking to relax wander from one pool to the next at this resort just a half-hour northwest of Winter Park, Colorado, and south of Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. A mix of altitude (elevation 7,662 feet), minerals and … Read more

Grand County: A Grand Colorado Christmas

Looking for some Christmas enchantment? No doubt you will find yuletide magic in Colorado’s high country. While many Colorado mountain towns are celebrating the season in special style, here’s what’s happening in December 67 miles west of Denver in Grand County. Granby Dec. 11: Chili Christmas – Enjoy food, activities and holiday spirit for a … Read more

Did You Hear That? Mountain Sounds in the Night

Did You Hear That? Mountain Sounds in the Night 8

“Wake up,” my wife said, shaking my shoulder. “Huh?” I snorted, startled, “What is it?” “That stupid porcupine is howling in the backyard again,” she said. I curled up in a ball and feigned sleep for a few more moments but I’d already been awake because that stupid porcupine sounded a lot like a ‘96 … Read more