Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Greatest Adventures Really Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard

A glance up from the kitchen window this week and Tammy spotted our local Bobcat friend in broad daylight, sitting on the walkway and steps that we commonly refer to as the “Catwalk”.  Great Shot Tam!

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Inspired Wood Art By Annie Enke

We are fortunate to live in the midst of one of Colorado’s richest art colonies, giving us the opportunity to be inspired by some incredibly creative people.  We recently completed a profile video for gifted woodworking artist Annie Enke and hope that you will take a minute and a half to be inspired as well.  Her work absolutely defines originality.   Also, visit  Annie’s website at http://www.AnnieEnke.com and see her work in person at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery.

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Stars Over Cuchara And The Stonewall Century Ride

The summit of Cuchara Pass is one of those spots that makes you feel like you are on top of the world.  At 10,000 feet in elevation and far from the lights  of Colorado’s more populated front range centers, this is absolutely one of the best spots to view the night sky over the southern part of the state as well as northern New Mexico.

Last week, around 400 hearty souls departed La Veta under the power of their own muscle and spirit to conquer a 102 mile, 7200 vertical foot bike ride over this lofty pass.  This was the ninth running of the grueling Stonewall Century Ride and we were there to capture the smiles of the event volunteers, and the bigger smiles of a few of the participants as they approached the final uphill revolutions of their aching thighs.  Congratulations Stonewall Century Riders!  Check out the event website at http://www.spcycling.org/archive.php

pictured in no particular order, Anne, H.E., Kathy, Mark, Flip, Susan and Carl

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Free Energy Along The Purgatoire River

“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude.  No big laboratory is needed in which to think.  Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind.  Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”  ~ Nikola Tesla

I’ve been learning a bit lately about a pretty bright man who spent some time here in Colorado in the early 1900’s.  It’s odd that I never learned about him in school, given the fact that he worked along side Thomas Edison and had some very original ideas that have shaped the world we live in, many more that will shape the world that is to come.  Anyway, Nikola Tesla was all about energy and it was his dream that energy would someday be free to all.  The energy that he envisioned would be completely self sustaining and independent from any requirement to deplete our natural resources.  I thought this quote was particularly fitting for this post.to put into context the power that we can derive from quiet afternoon in the great outdoors.

The Purgatoire River runs off of the Sangre De Cristo range just a few short miles from our home and the North Fork Trail has become one of our favorite hikes.  To get there, leave the pavement of State Hwy. 12 at Purgatoire Creek and follow the dirt road for three miles to the campground, which sets at about 8500 feet.  The hiking trail is best described as easy to moderate with a gentle but steady incline for about three miles up to timberline.  This is one of those hikes where there is so much to see that if feels more like a stroll in the park than a workout.

If you live nearby, or if you happen to be visiting this beautiful part of Colorado, grab the family and the camera and check out the Upper Purgatoire River, you won’t be disappointed.  Also keep in mind that this valley is absolutely drop dead gorgeous in the fall.  In any event, thanks for tagging along and don’t forget that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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