Red Mountain Open Space

My kids and I hiked Red Mountain Open Space today. We began around 9 am and it was hot already!

This is an easy trail, sporting beautiful views. It is more on the plains side of Colorado so there is little shade. A burbling stream crosses the trail near the beginning, making for a nice reliever from the sun.

We saw Western Meadowlarks, pronghorn, cattle, birds, butterflies, and dragonflies galore! It was a rocky area with obvious sandstone layers and red rocks which makes for interesting geology. We hiked to Bent Rock and part of the Stone Circle Trail for 4 miles total. We were all anxious to get back to the car to some shade!

Nice hike. Beautiful. Couldn’t ask for more!

Eagle’s Nest Open Space…

My kids and I hiked Eagle’s Nest Open Space just past Livermore, CO.

We did the 4 miles out and back and skipped the loop, which would have added another 2 miles to our hike mainly because it’s the first hike of the summer, and I wanted something easy. We stopped at the bridge and turned around.

We went early, but it was still hot! This was not as flat as I had thought. It’s got ups and downs but is beautiful. Lots of caterpillars, butterflies, birds, and a rabbit. Beautiful stream flows through. Fun!

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!

 

Pay it Forward!!

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!Image result for valentine's day

As a reminder, today for Windsor’s Kindness Week is:

Share the Love — Pay it Forward, extend kindness to others rather than a person that may have directly helped you.

Buy a stranger coffee.  Hold open the doors.  Let someone go ahead of you in line.  Carry someone’s grocery bags.  Compliment your co-worker’s outfit.  Bake brownies for your son’s class (this was mine).  Or simply smile!

The possibilities are endless!  Be creative and enjoy!

Update on Windsor Mill

Every day after CrossFit, I drive by.

It’s a sad site:

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Historic Windsor Mill in Downtown Windsor, CO

Hollow.

Empty.

Forlorn.

The Windsor Mill. Destroyed by an arsonist(s) on August 6th, 2017.

This weekend The Coloradoan ran an update story on the investigation. Windsor Police Chief Rick Klimek said the case is ongoing as is the investigation. They are still soliciting leads from the public. People with information about the mill fire can contact the police department at 970-674-6400 or windsorgov.com/89/Police. The ATF is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Blue Ocean Enterprises, the owner of the Mill site, is still committed to re-building the site. However, there is no time frame. As one can imagine. Starting from square one is challenging indeed.

However, hopes and dreams are still alive.  The Mill will return, becoming once again a vibrant part of our downtown and community.

The future is bright indeed!

Mill before its destruction:

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Windsor Mill Today

It’s Official!

 

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All of my kids said a coffee shop there would be perfect and apparently Dutch Bros thought the same thing!  This is located across the street from Windsor Middle School.  Expect this place to see high traffic from school kids and teachers who crave a cup of Joe!

It’s extremely dangerous though because it’s less than 5 minutes walking from my house.  It may be the new place to find me out and about!