Colorado Outdoor Adventures Skiing & Snowboarding Telluride The Rockies The Southwest Tours Travel: Colorado Outdoor Adventures Skiing & Snowboarding Telluride The Rockies The Southwest Tours Travel
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I think it’s so cool that we have some of the best adventure specialists based right here in Telluride, Colorado. It makes sense, since Telluride and the outlying region provide the perfect terrain for heading out and exploring the great outdoors whether you’re cycling, hiking, skiing, fishing, climbing or jeeping. Some of these guiding greats have done so well in the region that they also conduct tours beyond southwestern Colorado, as far away as the other side of the globe, in fact.
A few of these companies have generously offered tours to KOTO’s current fundraising campaign. I’ll be chatting more about these adventure specialists on tomorrow night’s Travel Fun, a special live edition of my talk show on travel, which airs Thursday, September 17, A LITTLE EARLIER THAN USUAL at 6:20 pm mountain time.
I have been doing this show for almost eleven years and you can find many of my interviews posted on my blog as podcasts. If you have enjoyed Travel Fun, I encourage you to contact me to make a pledge or a donation. You can also show your love by snatching up one of the below tours at a deeply-discounted price. Thanks to Lizard Head Cycling Guides, Telluride Mountain Guides, Telluride Adventures/San Juan Outdoor Adventures and Telluride Offroad, here’s what I have to offer:
Lizard Head Cycling Guides provides vehicle-supported road and mountain bike tours through some of the most stunning and wild parts of the American West from Oregon to Colorado to Arizona. John Humphries, founder of this nationally-recognized company, is generously offering a six-day bike tour, good for any confirmed departure in 2014 and 2015, for the killer price of $900. Valued at $2,695., you may choose from any one of John’s twenty-four itineraries for this inclusive package of six nights lodging (with shared room occupancy), meals, shuttles, entry fees, guide service–contact me about the whole shebang! Built into that price is a fabulous donation to KOTO. And as a special bonus to this KOTO offer, if you sign up a second rider, he or she receives a 10% discount.
If all goes well, John will be calling into the show tomorrow between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. He’s on the road this week doing one of his tours in the company of renowned cyclist Jan Ullrich. Thanks to John, Jan and a bunch of other top cyclists will be joining in on the Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride that goes from Telluride to Gateway, Colorado and the stunning Gateway Canyons Resort. Spectacular mountain views and desert landscapes punctuate this event, which has been benefiting the Just for Kids Foundation for over a decade.
Peter Walker, founder of Ryder-Walker and Telluride Mountain Guides, has been turning people onto the mountains for three decades. It’s many people’s dream to climb a fourteener–a mountain with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet–although to many, it’s a daunting feat. Peter is donating to KOTO an ascent of a local 14er or another one of his adventures such as a backcountry ski or a rock or ice climbing excursion. Based on availability and good through 2014-2015, this exploit, valued at $600., can be yours for $300. when you contact me; all proceeds go to Telluride’s favorite community radio station. To learn more about Peter and his passion for the mountains, read about and listen to my interview with him at Ryder-Walker: Global Trekking Specialists.
Tara Butson, from Telluride Adventures/San Juan Outdoor Adventures, another long-established guiding company, is offering a half-day climbing tour for two, valued at $300., for $250., which also includes a donation to KOTO. Based on availability and good through 2014-2015, this deal is on any of their half-day climbing tours, including rock and ice climbing as well as the Via Ferrata. Let this Telluride adventure specialist show you the nooks and crannies of our magnificent mountains. Contact me to give your donation in exchange for this two-for-one.
Our little slice of paradise here in southwestern Colorado is well known for its jeeping. Getting up into the high country is one of the best ways to enjoy our spectacular scenery and learn about our mining heritage and geology. Since many of the old mining roads rate as some of the most challenging in the world, I suggest you let an expert take you there and provide you with a proper tour. Herb Manning, founder of Telluride Offroad Adventures, offers excursions in Swiss Army Pinzgauers, super solid vehicles that assure a safe and reliable journey on these rugged rides. Herb is donating a half-day 4 X 4 ride for two, based on availability and valued at $170. Contact me with a KOTO donation of $120. and it’s yours.
I’m happy to welcome Herb, from Telluride Offroad Adventures, and Tara, from Telluride Adventures, on my show to chat about their tours and adventure travel in general tomorrow at 6:20 pm. mountain time. Feel free to call in at 970-728-4333 with questions and/or comments for him at that time.
Thank you to all the above adventure specialists and well-regarded fun leaders for your generous donations to KOTO. Thank you also for making our spectacular surroundings more accessible to all.
And last but hopefully not least, I’ll be offering a few signed copies of my travel memoir, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, in exchange for a $20. donation to KOTO. It represents a big outdoor adventure for me and I’m delighted that it has inspired many people to go on their own in France–even for just some short pedals and sips of wine around the vineyards of the French provinces. It has a 4.3 rating (out of 5) on amazon, so folks seem to be enjoying it. I’ll be sure to chat about it as well on tomorrow night’s Travel Fun.
To you my listener and/or reader, please contact me with your donation and/or pledge. For the above offers, the first one that responds, receives the premium.
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Autumn in Telluride rates as one of my favorite times of the year. Since we’re located in southwestern Colorado, it’s typically sunny and warm during the day and cool and crisp at night. Known as the gold season, the aspens present a dazzling array of sunshine yellow, honey and maize while the brush, which flanks our mountainsides and carpets our valleys, turns into a rich showing of saffron, russet and ruby red.
The foliage typically peaks at the end of September, however, the scenery remains stunning here through mid October, especially if we’re blessed with a fresh dusting of snow on our breathtaking peaks. The big summer and festival crowds have gone home, so you can easily soak up the tranquility of our charming mountain destination and the outlying area whether you’re hiking, biking, fishing, jeeping, shopping, dining or just lolling on a nice deck.
Thanks to Mountain Lodge Telluride, the New Sheridan Chop House Restaurant, Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors and Salon 7, you can win a fabulous stay in Telluride, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. (And that’s coming from a gal who lived eleven years in Paris.) Here’s what the trip includes:
A three-night stay in a one-bedroom handsomely-appointed residence at Mountain Lodge Telluride, valued at approximately $1,000. and good until November 30th. At the Lodge–where the views stretch far and wide–you can enjoy some of the best leaf peeping in the area. Read Togethering in the Rockies and Great Rocky Mountain Decks: Spectacular Views Year-Round for more about this wonderful property.
A $100. gift card for dinner at the New Sheridan Chop House, an elegant restaurant housed within one of Colorado’s most historic properties, where you always enjoy fine food and libations. Valid at the Chop House Restaurant and Parlor until October 12th. For more on this beloved gathering place of Telluride, read Favorite Telluride Restaurants.
A $100. gift certificate at Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors to purchase goods and/or services offered by this leading retailer/outfitter. You can sign up for one of their biking or hiking adventures (depending on availability) or buy some clothing or gear at one of their shops. You may also apply the gift certificate to a super boot fit, something the store excels at, which will change your game whether it comes to skiing or hiking. Read Finding Happy Feet at Bootdoctors for a glimpse at the magic they can work. Gift certificate valid through November 30th.
It’s always nice to include some pampering on a getaway. Rosa Lea, owner and operator of Salon 7, is offering just that in the form of a blowout and/or style, a service valued at $50. Good through November 30th, please note that some blackout dates apply this fall when Rosa Lea, like any good Tellurider, takes off for her own travels. Check out Telluride’s Beauty Boutiques for more on Rosa Lea and also the Spa at Mountain Lodge.
The total value of this Fall Foliage Trip to Telluride, Colorado is $1,250. and it can be yours for FREE. Just write me a note from the Contact page of my blog with the following words in the message:
You will then be entered into a drawing and the winner will be notified by the end of this week. The name of the lucky winner will also be added to this post and announced in my next newsletter. The cutoff time to enter is this Wednesday, September 17, at midnight mountain time.
Note that the leaves are just beginning to change, so you still have almost four glorious weeks to enjoy fall in Telluride. For more on this autumnal season in one of the most picturesque destinations in the Rocky Mountains, read Fall in Telluride: Riding the Gondola.
Go ahead and enter and here’s wishing you bonne chance!
Thank you to Mountain Lodge Telluride, Neil Hastings from San Juan Photography, the New Sheridan Hotel and Chop House Restaurant, Paragon Outdoors/Bootdoctors, Kristofer Noel and Salon 7 for the images in this post.
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I consider a movie to be good when I find myself thinking about it the next day. My barometer is the same for a book although with most good reads I find myself thinking about them while I’m reading them as well as in the days or weeks after I finish them. That’s been the case with Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed, a superbly crafted memoir that dazzles your senses every step of the way. Her story moved me so much that I plan to read it again, something I never do. Although why wouldn’t I? From beginning to end, I was gripped by this powerful tale of transformation, this raw account of one woman’s life-changing journey both literally and figuratively. Plus, as I learned in Wild, Cheryl often reads books more than once, so I’m eager to crack hers second time around.
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Spring has finally sprung—full-on—here in Colorado and despite the fact that it snowed about ten days ago, this week the thermometer has been registering summertime temps. Roadways over the highest mountain passes are being plowed for passage and outfitters of all sorts are preparing for the influx of summer visitors. There’s still some snow to be cleared from the steep mountain trails, however, with the warmth of our southwestern Colorado sun, all our glorious wilderness will soon be open to locals and vacationers alike.
My fellow ski instructor buddies have taken up their summer posts as guides, landscapers or in my case, as a full-time writer, to name a few. Mother nature and all of us fortunate enough to live in this beautiful country are transitioning nicely into summer. At the end of ski season, I sat down with Dennis Huis, a top ski instructor at Telluride Ski & Snowboard School, to hear about his flip side, the job he’s been doing every summer for about as long as he’s been in ski school world.
Dennis talks about his work as a guide on pack trips with Over the Hill Outfitters in Durango, Colorado in my Travel Fun interview below. Click on the play button to listen to what he has to say about life on the trail. People from all over the world learn about the true definition of “getting away from it all” on these five-day horse trips into the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in Colorado which encompasses a significant part of the rugged San Juan Mountains, some of the most spectacular peaks in the United States.
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In honor of Election Day, I thought I’d write about what’s really great about America—aside from our great democratic process. I could list a lot, but here I’d like to report on our breathtaking scenery, our magnificent vistas. There’s so much of it from sea to shining sea and most definitely here in the Rocky Mountain West. It was indeed from atop Pikes Peak, the 14,115-foot mountain in Colorado’s Front Range, just ten miles from Colorado Springs, that thirty-six-year-old English professor Katherine Lee Bates found inspiration for the poem “Pikes Peak” in 1893. This work would eventually be modified a few times over to become “America the Beautiful,” our National Hymn.
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“I’ll have the snake,” I said.
When he looked at me in a bewildered manner, I realized my words weren’t matching my thoughts and then I corrected my order. “Oh, I meant to say steak. Yes, steak. I’m sorry, I’m just so weary.”
“No problem,” he replied and seemingly just minutes later I was served one of the most succulent steaks ever. I gobbled it down along with a heap of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, fresh green beans and a big gulp of red wine. I felt exhausted and much in need of sustenance and this unassuming restaurant delivered.
I had been on the road a few days by the time I reached Breckenridge and realized that following a major sporting event, especially one that changes locales daily required a lot of hustling about, but then adding a book promo tour to it was like doubling town. I had been busy much of the summer promoting my new book, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France, although I saved the biggest push for the end when I’d scheduled a number of events and publicity opportunities in conjunction with the USA Pro Challenge, a major bike race which was marking its third year in Colorado. It seemed like a good fit, so why not give it a go? My core audience seems to be made up of outdoor enthusiasts and discriminating travelers, just the kind of people you find showing up for this big cycling event, especially in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail.
I set out in Misty, my old 1993 Subaru with over 250,000 miles to her credit, late Sunday, August 18, for Redstone, Colorado, a delightful little mountain town just under an hour from Aspen. From Telluride, the drive ranks as one of the finest in Colorado, punctuated by bucolic farmland scenery in and around Paonia and dramatic mountain vistas up and over McClure Pass. I arrived at the warm and cozy Redstone Inn to find its bar and restaurant bustling with Sunday evening diners.
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While I’m enjoying some time with my parents in the Adirondacks, I’ve been marveling at the Facebook posts from friends and contacts in Colorado—an avalanche of images documenting the recent snowstorm across the Rockies. The first big snow always creates a stir, mostly since this indicates that ski season is only a handful of storms away.
From my viewpoint here in upstate New York alongside a glorious lake that I took a dip in just the other day (not intentionally mind you, but that’s another story), I shiver at the idea of snow. Yet when I think twice, the thought of it does excite me—even from afar—mostly because I do love to ski and also because there’s nothing like a crisp, white snowfall to top off an autumnal scene. The trees have barely begun to change in Colorado, so these sugar-coated panoramas will only intensify within the upcoming weeks.
To me, fall, a terrific season for hiking, biking and touring, may best be savored in a quaint town steeped in history, surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. This describes a good number of destinations in Colorado, however, here I’m focusing on Leadville, an old mountain town I visited last summer and enjoyed immensely.
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I’ve been pounding the pavement this past week, promoting my book, A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France. It’s been great getting out there chatting with people at promotions I’ve done in conjunction with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge—it’s always nice to connect with like minded people that enjoy to read. The beautiful cover of this travel memoir/love story draws people in right away and then I take it from there. I tell some people a lot about my book; others just a little—whatever it takes for them to determine if this is a read for them. I’ve done readings, signings and press interviews and have even distributed flyers and postcards the old fashioned way. To me, it has all been important and best of all, it has afforded me the opportunity to chat with people that love cycling, France, Colorado, food and wine, adventure, romance and other components of my story.