Monday, December 12, 2016
Dear Silverthread Members,
Last Thursday evening we had our annual Christmas Party at Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant. It was a fun filled evening and everyone had a good time and folks are still talking about it. Elvis made an appearance and sang to us, followed by Feliz Navidad sung by everyone in the restaurant. Something new this year was the best dressed holiday attire and it was a tie between Ellen Boyles and Royce Baugh. I’ve enclosed a few photos from the event.
Listed below are the local merchants that donated door prizes to our event. Please stop by their stores/restaurants and thank them and shop at their place of business.
Windsor Hotel -Gift certificate for dinner or lunchJack’s Market -Backpack
The Bear Claw Bakery -A basket of baked goodsKeri’s Kutz Salon -Body & Bath Trio products
The Malt Shoppe -Four gift certificates
Rainbow Grocery -Ice fishing rod and reel
Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant - Gift certificate for dinner or lunch
Rocky Mountain Ski & Raft (also home pest control) 32oz. Yeti insulated mug
Silverthread Outdoor Recreation Club -Hats
Wolf Creek Ski Area -Two ski passes
I want to give a big thanks to Tim and Ellen Boyles, Bonnie Munro and Lloyd Thiesfeld for all their work to make this event a success.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year,
Monday, November 28, 2016
A day after our first "finally" snow, four of us went on fresh powder with our snowshoes. We enjoyed the many views of snow, cliffs, and "our" creek. Here at the Big Meadows area, it is at about 1/3 its distance, headed downstream to South Fork.
No hike on Wednesday. Next one is next Monday. Starting time is now 10 a.m.—departing the Visitor Center on the hour. If you haven't been snowshoeing with us, you are welcome to come along. Check our town's three rental and sales of snowshoe. It is more fun than you might imagine; no danger; fairly short hikes (2-4 miles total), no charge. We ask that you leave pets at home but bring a wife or husband or kids who have stamina. Prepare yourself for beautiful scenery.
In case of snow disappearing temporarily, we will have other hikes using regular boots all through the winter and spring. Most of us are also skiers, so you can look for one or more of us on the slopes Tuesday-Sunday.
Happy winter to all of you. After our slow start here, it is looking very good right now.
— Doug Knudson
It was a bright sunny day with a little snow on the pretty route around the north end of Sentinel Mountain (around the bottom). Four of us made a quick trip along that trail and even extended it a little. So far, the elk have not come back (for several years). I hope to go back at least three times this winter to make sure the elk have abandoned the location as their winter home.
Because of ski season opening tomorrow, we may lose one of our hike leaders (??? not sure). We will hike on Mondays through the winter. Boots for "skinny snow" and snowshoes or XC skis when it gets deep.
We will start at 10 a.m. each Monday at the Visitor Center. We would appreciate your preferences for hiking sites. The weather will be a factor in our scheduling, of course. Our winter hikes are usually somewhat shorter, depending on depth of snow.
Community Events coming up:
. . . . .Thanksgiving for all churches tonight at 7 p.m. (Wednesday) at the "White" Chapel on 149. All denominations are welcome to enjoy an evening of music and the significance of Thanksgiving.
. . . . . Thanksgiving dinner, mid-day on Thursday at the community center. People from all over the SLV and beyond will be there. The line forms at about 11 a.m. Last serving may be about 2:00 p.m. No charge, but donations accepted near the door.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Wayne advertised a hike behind his house; he didn't specify 2.5 miles behind it. Not as tough as going 2 miles up Sentinel Mountain, but a good lung-cleaner anyhow. This rustic trail gave us a series of different views, from the Twin Mountains, once the name of a famous local musical group in Del Norte, to close-ups of friendship of different trees standing side by side on the mountain, but scarcely known, with little or no fame.
Ten hearty hikers made the up and back on a promise of ice cream and cupcakes. All took advantage of the refreshments, knowing full well that the next hike will help reduce any excess calories that crept onto our bones.
In fact, the "reduction of calories" hike will be on Wednesday at 9 a.m. By then, we'll have no more snow or rain, say the prognostigators who appear on the communications devices. I have three or four alternatives in my thoughts; you may add other favorites. Think it over and we'll discuss it at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Somewhere around 9 to 11 people came out on a beautiful autumn day to follow a pleasant road through our beautiful county (a little off of Embargo Creek road). It was a gentle, yet exercise-inducing walk among low-country pines scattered along some nice rolling countryside.
ready to go
elegant Ponderosa pine
A little up, then...
the group goes down.
Next hike is gentle, woodsy, and relatively brief, looking for Culturally Modified Trees (by Ute people), preparing for a summer 4-day camp
for Ute Youths. We will leave the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The hiking is fairly gentle, in the woods, and maybe with a side trip, if time allows.
This will be on and near the Youth Camp just south of South Fork. This is Forest Service land. The camp facilities will be our starting point. Several of us in South Fork are working with the three Ute tribes to develop and "teach" tribal kids (and usually several adults) to get them better acquainted with their tribal life-ways, trees, and skills. It's also fun to watch the kids enjoy their outdoor experiences. They will sleep and eat at the camp (assuming that all the arrangements get made).
Judy and I have had the opportunity to work with this program for the past 3 summers, in a camp in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs. The event will be in the first week in August. Perhaps some of you would be interested in observing the activities in August.
— Doug Knudson
What a great day! Nine hikers (and a few lively preschool children) visited the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. The weather was perfect; the "trail" was perhaps the flattest that we've ever walked. More than a dozen species of birds showed up and we could name over half of them. A large flight of Sand Hill Cranes was taking it easy before continuing on to a winter in mid New Mexico and maybe on South. Some of them felt it appropriate to show off some of their team flying skills.
Dairy Queen cured any hunger pangs that arose after a sunny day in the refuge.
You are welcome to join us next Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. We will assure you that you won't suffer from any more flatland walking. No surcharge for sloping ground. —Doug Knudson 719-873-5239