Marjorie and Me-A Friendly Hike

20160408_114922I’m still relishing in the buzz of the first edition Boardwalk Newspaper! I’m going to take the advice from Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl’s list of 20 things to do in April and spend some much needed time with a friend. Marjorie Cranston is my neighbor on the downtown boardwalk. We see each other most every day, talking about business and planning for the summer season. Getting ready for the summer’s here is a big job in Grand Lake. When Trail Ridge opens (hopefully before Memorial weekend) visitors from all over the world come to see the beauty of our town. That means our shops need to be spit shined and well stocked for the upcoming season. During the month of April, freight from all corners of the globe descend on our little town. As it’s unloaded, the trash bins are filled with empty boxes and the stores are overflowing with treasures that entice our guests to take a little bit of Grand Lake home with them. Continue reading

A Reality of Mountain Life

20160122_160003 (2)From the Oklahoma plains, I came to the hustle and bustle of Denver; then three years ago my husband and I moved to the world of full-time mountain living…Grand Lake living to be more specific. Grand Lake (mountain) living brings many changes to one’s life style: The number of grocery store trips in a week, the opportunity for corporate coffee on every corner and utility of clothing greater than matching shoes and scarves.

The bows, buckles and six inch heels that once adorned my feet quickly turned to a two-foot metal webbed contraption, with large claws on the bottoms and unfashionable straps that ratcheted around my foot so as not to escape. Snowshoes would become a secondary mode of winter transportation and the ultimate source of exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. Continue reading

The Best Pressure Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef Recipe

the BEST St Pats Pressure Cooker Corned Beef

Ah, St Patrick’s Day. Green beer, shamrock luck and a pinch or two because everyone’s Irish for a day.  With my new Power Pressure Cooker XL, I wanted to make a quick, authentic St Patty’s day Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner. I searched high and low for a quick, easy pressure cooked St Patty’s Day dinner.  There was a lot of disagreement, so I took the best ideas and came up with a perfectly cooked meal.  Our Power Pressure Cooker XL did the job easy peasy. Tender Corned Beef, Tasty Beer Braised Cabbage, tender Red Potatoes and Carrots round it all out. We added a pint of Guinness for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day feast! Continue reading

It’s time to Ride!

Snowmobiling is what I like to say the locals share with the world here in Grand Lake.  As our summer and fall visitors depart from this slice of Heaven at the west 20151105_093242entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the 500 or so year ’round residents begin to watch the skies and impatiently await the first snow. For a month, workers have been setting winter signs, marking trails and preparing for Grand Lake’s second season – Snowmobile Season. Now, powerful snow machines aren’t the only thing to do – there’s Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and more to be had in Grand Lake in the winter, but for today – we ride. Continue reading