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 entrance 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.
Life is so interesting every day. As we are completing our move to Grand Lake and getting ready for the summer season, things are so hectic it’s easy to forget some of the reasons why we have decided to leave the big city for high mountain living. Well, today we have been reminded. My mom is in Colorado to celebrate the graduation of my nephew Scott from Western State in Gunnison, CO.
Day two of the A-Z challenge and I’m thinking about the best “B” theme for The Mountain Gal. Birds got my vote, and believe it or not we have Pelicans in Colorado. They love Grand Lake, they sit in the middle of lake on big rocks and sun themselves for hours. They definitely go South for the winter, but always come back to the most beautiful place in Colorado.
Go for a drive outside your favorite path and no telling what you may find. Steve and I had just that experience the other day.Driving around enjoying the crisp cool sun of the country air when we saw one, then two, then three. We slowed down to see what looked like to be several acres of rusted steel. It was in fact steel, some with rust, some with tires and wooden spokes, few with steering wheels and even fewer with all it’s parts together.