Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Break in the Rockies

We haven't been good about posting on this Blog since we pulled our condo off the market.  It's great to have the place paid off and exclusively ours.

With the West Branch Spring Break, we opted to spend the week in Colorado.   We arrived on Saturday the 16th after picking up a new sofa in Denver.  The old sofa that came with the place was way overdue, but finding a new one that would fit in our small space was tough.   We finally found one that would work and arranged to get it at Sofa Mart in Denver.  Luckily, we were able to maneuver the stairs and do the swap.   While its a bit more firm than we like, at least its not all beat up.  We enjoyed having the Grand Lake Brewery Taphouse next door and filled a couple growlers and got some pizza for dinner (the Bacon Mushroom with white sauce was incredible).

We met up with the Scheidts' on Sunday at Winter Park.   Camden remembered how to ski very well and seemed to enjoy it.  It was very windy and a few lifts were closed.   It was supposed to also be windy on Monday so we opted to take that day off of the slopes.   Monday we went into the park with our snowshoes and did a little hike.   After hearing the sound of a very large animal not far off the trail, Lori decided it was time to turn around.   We played some racquetball and again enjoyed the new hot tub.

We skied again both Tuesday and Wednesday at Winter Park.   Again, Camden did very well.  He had been a strong blue skier and was getting into blue/blacks.   He did a long fast cruiser (too fast) to beat Scheidt down the hill, along with a really long powdery mogul run.   By the end of Wednesday, he finished the day with another long blue/black run with pretty good parallel turns and all.  He can pretty much handle any run that we generally do, so next year should be a lot of fun.   We timed our trip on Wednesday to close the slopes so we could hit the Tabernash Tavern on the way home for dinner.  It was a very great dining experience, although a little pricer.

Thursday we met up with our friend Shannon and her friends from Houston.  We did a 4 hour snowmobile rental.   It was a nice ride, though we ended up getting pelted with snow and did some riding in Whiskey Park in a whiteout.  It was still a good time for everyone.   We capped the afternoon with a small hike to to Adams Falls (though frozen) and some appetizers at the Sagebrush.

As usual, it was a great week and very hard to pack up and go, especially as we are looking at heading into some spring snowstorms.   But we need to make it to the wedding in Orange City.   We're not sure when we'll be back, but may keep an eye on cheap flights from Cedar Rapids for a long weekend once spring breaks.  

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

No longer for rent!

Well, this isn't a timely post, but worthy of mention.   As of the fall of 2012, we paid off the condo and took it off of the rental market.   It's just reserved for friends and family now and will no longer be rented out through the association.

Renting the unit out did offset costs somewhat, but having strangers in and out just didn't set well with us, and having to constantly do additional maintenance due to careless renters was adding more expense.  Plus, its our little getaway - a place for family memories.  While we could still use it under the rental program, it was sterile - we had to remove our personal pictures and touches that made it ours.

We'll continue to use our unit a few times per year - ski trips, summer vacations, and a few weekend jaunts now and then.   Someday we may end up in Colorado permanently again and this place will be ready for us to enjoy.

I don't expect many of you read this blog, so there won't be a lot posted here but we will leave it up as a reference for people who ask about our place and may want to go enjoy it themselves.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winter has arrived!

It was a little slow to come, but the snow has been flying.   Posts from the snowmobile rental agency and the trail groomers are posting a couple feet of new snow and much better trail conditions.  Winter Park is also reporting much better conditions.   Its a great time to head to the high country and enjoy Grand County!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Bring on the snow!

It's been awhile since we posted.   Summer has come and gone, and it was a busy one in Grand Lake.   Soda Springs has become a great destination spot - whether for a weekend or a week - by many.   It's still one of the best kept secrets of Colorado.

Winter is fast approaching.   While some people dread winter - hibernating in the warmth of their homes, glued to cable TV or lounging on the couch watching movies - there's a world of opportunity through the winter months in Grand Lake!  

Come explore the high country.  Cross country ski on any of the groomed trails in Grand Lake, or go back-country in the park.  This time of year, you can have Rocky Mountain National Park all to yourself!    Rather let gravity be your guide?   Sol Vista is a short drive, and Winter Park is only 35 minutes up the road.   They'll be opening soon.

Maybe you'd like to take advantage of the great fishing on Lake Granby?   Well, that's just across the street!   Just like the images in 'Grumpy Old Men', small cities will soon be emerging on the frozen lake, and those who partake will enjoy some of the greatest lake trout fishing in the state.

And if speed is your drug of choice, bring your sled, or rent one at one of the nearby operations.   There are over 100 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails in your back yard when you come stay at Soda Springs.   But don't worry, you can have fun off trail too.  Gravel Mountain is a favorite of snowmobilers with deep powder and steep, treeless climbs.

And when you want to slow down a bit, just throw on a pair of snowshoes and trek the backcountry.  But don't forget to stop in at Grand Lake for a hot toddie, lunch or dinner.   Its the best little mountain town around.   Enjoy their holiday activities or just relax and watch the moose walk through town.  You can even drive your snowmobile right into town if you like.

Remember to ask for Ranch Club F3 when you call Soda Springs to book your stay!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Grand Lake is beautiful this summer!

Lake Granby is full and many boaters are taking advantage of the water.   The moose are plentiful this year and mama and baby have been making visits to Soda Springs.   The weather this time of year is perfect - make your reservations now and enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Summertime in the Rockies

It's been a long and white winter.  Snowmelt continues to fill the area streams and rivers, but the snows on Trail Ridge Road are still too much to open the highway for tourists.   But in the valley, green is quickly replacing white.  The boardwalks in Grand Lake are cleared up and its time to enjoy the beautiful summer in the Rockies. Come on up and check it out.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Springtime in the Rockies

Springtime in Grand Lake is commonly known as 'mud season'.   The dozens of feet of snow that have fallen throughout the year melt and run off into the Colorado River basin - where it begins its journey southwest, watering golf courses and yards, filling swimming pools, and providing drinking water for the large cities in the southwest.  But as that snow melts, wildflowers begin to bloom.  Wildlife begins to wake up from hibernation, the trails begin to clear, and Grand Lake takes on its summer life.   Summer in Grand Lake is incredible.   The lakes open up to boaters, the rivers to fisherman, the trails to hikers.   Soon, Trail Ridge Road will open to provide travel through Rocky Mountain National Park.  The downtown shops will be filled with tourists and locals alike.   Restaurants will continue to get busy.    The horses will be stabled up, ready for trail rides.   With clear blue skies, cool nights, and a brief afternoon shower to clear the air, summer in the Rockies is hard to beat.

Take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy your stay at Soda Springs Ranch.   You'll be happy you did.