I’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.
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.
I firmly believe goals are a good thing. That means big goals are a really good thing, right? My 2016 goal is to run a 5k race. Some of you are probably thinking 5k…no big deal, think bigger like a half marathon or hike a 14’er.
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.
The summer tourist season is in full swing, but we still need to have a little fun. Steve and I got away this morning, we rode horses at the Winding River Ranch. We did the first ride of the day so we could open the stores on time. It was a cool Grand Lake morning, but the sun was warming up and just a little breeze.