2021

The Mayor’s First Official Festival in Fifteen Months Keystone HeidiTown (8)

I don’t know if it’s been exactly 15-months since my last festival, but it has a nice ring to it. I know it’s been at least 15-months since I’ve officially been at a festival as the Mayor of HeidiTown. When it comes to festivals, especially festivals in the Colorado mountains, it’s a weird world. It seems that everyone is in the mountains right now and the towns aren’t prepared for

Arvada, Colorado on HeidiTown.com

We have been visiting downtown Arvada for quite some time. I don’t remember how exactly it came on our radar, but we love to play here, especially now that we have friends who moved to the area. It’s a vibrant downtown with interesting places and shops like Scrumptious, a candy shop Ryan must visit every time we are in town. Olde Town Arvada has an open consumption policy that’s sticking

Where to Drink in Casper, Wyoming. HeidiTown (1)

About two weeks ago, we visited Capser, Wyoming. It’s about four hours from Denver, but only around three from where we live in Northern Colorado. Art, history and kayaking were on the agenda, highlighted by a beer festival, and browsing a rather happening downtown. I’ve already written about the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center and Independence Rock, and kayaking the Fremont Canyon. Today, I want to give you the rest

Kayak Fremont Canyon with Alcova Resort in Wyoming

I didn’t know what to expect when I heard that we were “kayaking down the Fremont Canyon.” I hadn’t even heard of Fremont Canyon. It was a complete mystery, so I immediately looked it up and discovered that there is a lot of water around Casper, Wyoming, where we were staying.  There are two reservoirs to the southwest of Casper: Alcova and Pathfinder. Both are a result of dams on

The Way West Trails and Rocks in Casper, Wyoming. HeidiTown (9)

As most of you know, I have a lifelong love affair with the West. One of my favorite books is Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, and one of his quotes is also a perennial favorite. “It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the

Kayak Lake Dillon From Frisco Bay Marina in Frisco, Colorado. HeidiTown (2)

Whether it’s a lake, river, ocean, or mere pond, I love the water. If the water is in the form of rain, not so much, but that’s a topic for another day. Water has always been part of my life. I was born in a hospital that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest we had lots of water, everywhere, especially the kind that falls out of

Finding Food & Other Fun Stuff in Frisco, Colorado

Earlier this month, we were in Frisco, Colorado. It’s located in Summit County along Interstate 70, just a little over an hour west of Denver. An easy weekend escape for residents of the Front Range, it offers tons of outdoor activity, dining, shopping and best of all? Cooler weather. After all, the town is at 9,000 feet above sea level. Where to Eat With the Dog in Frisco On our

Two Short Scenic Hikes in Summit County, Colorado. HeidiTown (3)

Summit County is a playground for those who love the outdoors. In the winter there are plentiful ski resorts and in the summer, this part of the Rocky Mountains provides every type of outdoor activity from kayaking to hikes. The proximity to the Front Range means trails can get busy, so I recommend getting out early and following all rules. If the sign says leash fido, leash your dog. If

Let’s Go Ride Bikes 3 Easy Bike Paths in Colorado. Animas River Trail in Durango. HeidiTown 1

I’m not one of those gnarly bike riders who tackles rocky trails, downed trees and tall mountains. I will never take a selfie in logoed spandex. I prefer easy bike paths and preferably a destination, whether it be a brewery, farm shop or pretty little park.  So without further ado, I give you three easy bike paths in Western Colorado that provide not only a destination but multiple destinations along

Phoenix Gold Mine Tour in Idaho Springs, Colorado. HeidiTown (2)

If you’d like to see an historic western mountain town, look no further than Idaho Springs, only 30 or so minutes west of Denver. Today, people come to town to soak at Indian Hot Springs, enjoy a beer at a local brewery and otherwise do touristy things. However, at one point, people flowed into Idaho Springs with hopes of striking it rich, or making a little money at a local