This past weekend, we headed to Idaho Springs. We went with the expressed goal of watching the burro race which I have already written about. However, we were interested in exploring a town that is usually just a gas station stop for us. The truth is, we haven’t spent much time in Idaho Springs as we are always passing through to somewhere else. Ryan has eaten pizza at Beau Jo
I am sick and tired of the phrases “unprecedented times” and “new normal.” however, I do know why writers use them and it’s not just because we’re being lazy. It gets written because it’s true. Times are bizarre, uncommon, unparalleled… I think you get the picture. And because it’s weird, we forget about the normal things we need, like date nights or in this case a date day. I’m not
Most of us don’t milk cows or forage for our own food as we once did. We shop in warm grocery stores and sleep under down comforters. We’ll aprés-ski outdoors at a ski slope around a roaring fire pit to look cool with our friends but otherwise, let’s face it, we are delicate. When dining and drinking beer was forced outside due to COVID-19 mandates, many of us were worried.
Originally published in “Christmas in Berthoud” for the Berthoud Surveyor. Colorado is the land of beer festivals. On any given summer weekend, during a non-pandemic year, there are at least three beer events occurring somewhere in the state. Coloradans have become accustomed to this and that is why, this tradition, started by my husband years ago, is perfect for a pandemic Christmas. If you can’t attend a beer festival create
I’ve been visiting the South Park region of Colorado for nearly 20 years. You see, there’s a family cabin there so we “escape” the Front Range occasionally and head for the hills. While we spend a lot of time relaxing at the cabin, we do venture into town sometimes and I’ve become well acquainted with Fairplay, Colorado. Located in Park County, it’s about 40 minutes directly south of Breckenridge via
Unsurprisingly, one of my most memorable travel memories actually happened at a festival. I have been attending the Winter Park Beer Festival for years, as it is one of the best in the state. While other beer festivals struggle, this one continues to grow into one of the best. Why do I say this? I see craft breweries there from around Colorado and from surrounding states like Utah and New
Day Two: San Luis Valley I think this will come as a surprise to those of you who have moved to Colorado recently, however, this state is the largest producer of potatoes second only to Idaho. This is, thanks in big part, to the San Luis Valley. Potato farming is a big business here and almost everyone is connected to the industry in some way. While agriculture is a way
I am going to miss our usual flight of Oktoberfests. Last year, we attended Keystone Oktoberfest where Ryan walked away as the Stein Hoisting Champion. I guess he gets to keep his title for two years. I look forward to these events with an unusual amount of excitement and love everything about Oktoberfest—the chicken dance, drinking beer from my authentic German stein, and eating a pretzel the size of my
Continued from Part 1: We’d glimpsed signs for Scout’s Rest Ranch, the day before. Buffalo Bill Cody’s historic ranch has been preserved by the State Park system of Nebraska. This is a pay area and because we believe in karma and in being good citizens of the world, we left the allotted amount of $8 ($6 for Nebraska residence) in an envelope and stuffed it into the State Park box.
Breweries are part of the fabric of Colorado. They have played a big part here for many years. However, I have been heading to breweries since my college days in the late 1990s. I spent a lot of Fridays at Boundry Bay Brewery in Bellingham (don’t tell my mom). For more than 20 years, breweries have had a major role in my life and when I became the Mayor of