Hunting in Northern Colorado: White River National Forest

Deer Hunting in Colorado
Hunting in Colorado

This weekend we went deer and elk hunting in the White River National Forest area near Buford, CO. Everyone in my family had a tag. And everyone got a deer!

This was super fun. The kids played all day long, making forts and playing games. We hunted in the morning and at night. My husband got his deer first. Then we went in order to make sure my girls got their deer first since they have never shot one before.

This is the first time we’ve all gotten something. It was definitely a trip to remember!

Tips for Hunting

  • Take your time. Deer usually just stand there (they aren’t the most intelligent of species).
  • Make sure of your target (rule #1 for hunting). You don’t want to shoot the wrong animal.
  • Look near the trees and the open areas. You usually see deer crossing the meadows.
  • Luck. Hunting is all about being in the right place at the right time.

Hunting in Northern Colorado: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Hunting in Northern Colorado

This weekend was opening season for antelope hunting. My husband, son, and I went. My husband got his buck right away. I, unfortunately, didn’t get a shot off because by the time I found my buck, they were all skittish and running every time we saw them.

So I spent a wet and cold weekend, hiking around Soapstone Prairie Natural Area in Northern Colorado, with nothing to show for my efforts. We may go one afternoon after work this week.

Pumpkin Patch in Northern Colorado

The Bartels Pumpkin Patch

The Bartels Pumpkin Patch is a family-owned pumpkin patch in-between Fort Collins and Wellington in Northern Colorado. They offer a corn maze, hay rides, food, and, of course, pumpkins!

The weather was perfect! We grabbed a wagon and headed out to pick our pumpkins. Two hours later, we had the biggest pumpkins ever!

Then, we came home and painted them!

A great, fun day overall with affordable pumpkins and great times!

 

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Pumpkin Patch Northern Colorado
Painting Pumpkins

Digging at Magic Mountain Archaeological Site…

My kids and I had the opportunity to work side-by-side along archaeologists at the Magic Mountain dig site in Golden, CO.

Located near Apex Park, archaeologists are trying to answer the question: “Just how many people did live here in CO and how long ago?” The answer could prove that early humans were here long before we thought in this area.  Hunter-gatherers lived here as early as 5000 BC but could it be before then?

For the second year in a row, the archaeologists were granted funding and the public has been invited to help them in their search for early artifacts such as clay shards, glass, pottery bits, arrowheads, and more.  Over 80,000 artifacts have been discovered here so far and we now have the opportunity to add to that number!

For 45 minutes we were hosted by volunteers in association with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and were informed of the history of the area, early Native Americans lives, and the archaeological history here.

Then we were escorted onto the site where we got to dig in a plot and help excavate! This was the best part as we got dirty and dug and sifted through dirt to uncover hidden truths and shards of history.

I personally don’t have the patience to do this day in and day out.  It was a great experience and my kids had a blast! Thank you!

Coffee with the Director…

Tonight was Coffee with the Director of the Clearview Library, Ann Kling, at Toast Coffee and Wine Bar here in Windsor, CO.

The main topic was the resurrection of the Friends of the Library Club.  This club was on hiatus for a bit, but now is looking to re-form in order to primarily help the library with fundraising activities.  Any and all are welcome to join.  Just visit the library’s website and enter your email to be on the list.  Volunteer-initiated programs such as maybe a gala dinner, art show, bake sale, etc were discussed.Image result for library windsor co

The Colorado Author Series was a popular topic with three authors visiting this year, including Peter Heller and Sandra Dallas.  This series is sponsored by an endowment with the idea thrown around of a possible pre-reception.

The Summer Adventure Program is revving up, which is a program to reward summer reading for kids and adults.  Along with this is added activities for the kids during the summer.

Story time has instituted advanced tickets in order to keep the number of participants manageable.  However, no one wants to discourage participation so the ticketing system is still in the pilot stages and is in review.

Pub trivia is huge and there are requests for more nights.  This would require either a sponsorship or giving up another program in order to pay for staff’s time.  This was under discussion.

Overall, a very encouraging and exciting hour.  It’s awesome to see the heart Windsor has for others in the community and to be engaged in giving back.  Exciting programs and events are in store for Windsor.  Volunteers are always needed and you do make a difference.  For all the details, visit the library’s website or in person today!

Clearview Library in Windsor

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I had the opportunity to go on a tour of Windsor’s library, which serves Severance, Windsor, West Greeley and the Weld County side of Fort Collins.

This library has something for everyone.  Great adult book selections with cozy seats by the fireplace to sit and read.  Daily newspapers. Magazines.  CD’s and DVD’s.  An enclosed quiet area for individual study.  Internet access.

Clearview Library clearly has a heart for kids from the little guys on up to the teens.  A hands-on book learning area.  An area for the Paws for Learning where therapy dogs are available to be read to.  Computers with games.  A separate teen area.  Storytime as well for the little ones.  Not to mention the programming from Coding to gathering such as GLOW, teens are encouraged to use the library as a community space.

The library boasts a Bookmobile that has a constantly changing variety of books, which travels all over the service area.  Volunteers also bring books to those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Events and services are offered constantly as well.  Currently, in tax season, licensed CPA’s volunteer their time and talents to assist others with their taxes.  Programming for adults, teens, and kids from coding to crafts to cooking classes to Legos, there’s a wide array for everyone.  There are also meeting rooms available for use.

The library is looking to expand by building a new facility.  This library will boast a meeting room for 300 people, which would be the largest space available in Windsor for the community’s use.  It would double the square footage (17,000 to 38,000 square feet) and is meant to be a library to last for decades to serve the growing population in and around Windsor.  This would require taxpayer dollars and the initial ballot referendum failed.  The library is re-evaluating costs and will probably present a new proposal before voters in the near future.

Overall, wonderful place with an amazing, helpful staff whose hearts are anchored in this community.  Stay abreast of the latest events and happenings at their website www.clearviewlibrary.org  Enjoy!