Hiking in Colorado: Button Rock Trail

Today’s hike: Button Rock Trail outside of Lyons, CO, and on the way to Estes Park, CO.

I chose this one because it was close to my house, and I needed one easy and quick. This one fit the bill.

Button Rock Trail

A dirt road off of the Highway 36 to Estes Park, Button Rock Trail was easy to find. Part of the Button Rock Preserve, Button Rock Trail leads to Ralph Price Reservoir. We parked at the trailhead and started on our way. It was a cloudy, cool day, high around 60 degrees at 7:30 am when we started–perfect weather for hiking in Colorado.

There were several trails that connected to Button Rock Trail. You could hike to Sleepy Lion Trail, another trail system in Button Rock Natural Area or take another loop that led to Ralph Price Reservoir as well.

Ralph Price Reservoir

We chose to stay straight and follow the service road to the Reservoir because it was flat. The entire hike we followed North Saint Vrain Creek. It was picturesque with boulders causing many cascades and waterfalls.

Waterfall Button Rock Trail

Near the end, you climbed a very short switchback trail to the top of Ralph Price Reservoir. The view was amazing:

Ralph Price Reservoir

We headed back the way we came in order to return to Windsor, CO, in time for my son’s karate graduation. Total distance: 4.5 miles. Total time: 1 hr, 40 min.

Great hike for those looking for a quick, easy trail. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies. Soothing sounds of running water. Dog-friendly with off lease hiking areas. Highly recommended!

Windsor, CO: MuseNews

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The Culture Division has a new newsletter called the MuseNews where you can stay abreast of all the cultural activities monthly in Windsor.  This will focus on new exhibits, upcoming programs and classes, and all the cultural happenings and events at the Boardwalk Park Museum and Art & Heritage Center.  Link HERE  Happy Readings!

Windsor, CO: The Windsor Mill’s New Look!

Since the Mill was burned down by a yet unknown arsonist, it’s been a shell.

However, a new look has been revealed, and all of Windsor is anticipating it’s re-opening.

It’s been paired down a bit and will not be as tall, but it will still retain much of its historic look and is sure to be a huge crowd-attractor when finished.

Can’t wait till construction begins!!

New renderings show the updated design for the Windsor

Lemonade Stand: Sweets on the Corner…

My kids’ are opening up their lemonade/baking stand again this summer.

For sale: lemonade, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, sweet breads, peanut butter balls, and weekly specials. You never know what the treat will be! This year the kids are raising money for the Windsor High School Cross Country meet in California in September!

On the corner of 9th & Walnut Streets here in Windsor. Grab a coffee at Dutch Bros and then a treat and lemonade from my kiddos! Hours vary.

Dutch Bros is Offering Free Drinks Tomorrow at its Windsor Location!

fullsizerender13To celebrate its grand opening of the Windsor store, Dutch Bros is offering free 16 oz drinks to all all day long!

If you are in the neighborhood, swing by!  I’m sure it will be busy but what a great time to try Dutch Bros.

Address is:  901 Main Street.  It’s across from the Middle School.

Now the hard part:  choosing which one to get!

I Lost…

Hey all!

I just want to thank those who voted for me for the Windsor Town Board.

As you all know, I lost.  I appreciate your support, and I will continue to serve on the Board of Adjustments for this great town.

As for the future, I’m unsure.  I’m praying about what to do next as I truly believed God wanted me to serve as a Board member (it’s obvious I was mistaken now).

I’m also unsure what to do with this site.  I started it with the intent to keep you all informed of what was happening when I was on the Town Board.  I will do my best to continue in that capacity although the Town Board does have information privy only to them.

I am also looking for other ways to serve so send ideas my way!!

Again, thank you to all who voted for me.  I’m eternally grateful for your support.

Windsor Advisory Boards and Commissions Appreciation Dinner

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The Town Board of Windsor utilizes many different Town Boards and Commissions to review projects, gather information, and make recommendations. These are all volunteer-based, which pulls from the community at large. This is an amazing opportunity for residents to lend their skills and talents to help their communities.

Once a year we all gather for a thank-you dinner. These are always fun to see one another, put names with faces, and recognize the time invested. Last night we gathered at the Embassy Suites in Loveland for a wonderful dinner and acknowledgments.

Our thank-you prize this year was a coffee tumbler with gift cards inside! I’m SO excited about this because 1) as you know I’m obsessed with coffee and 2) one of the gift cards was Starbucks!!! 3) the other gift card was to Mr. Yo’s Donuts so when I returned home and informed my kids of this, they were ecstatic!!

I would like to personally thank all of the volunteers on their respective boards. These are passionate people who donate their time and efforts to making Windsor an amazing community. It was so good to see everyone last night and learn a bit more about what everyone does.  Thank you for your service and see you at Starbucks!!