I started with two simple questions: What is your favorite thing about Steamboat in the Summertime? And what is your favorite Chamber event? Some answers didn’t surprise me—who doesn’t like floating down the Yampa River with friends under a blanket of sunshine or enjoying a cold drink outside on a restaurant patio? I also received a few answers, which I wasn’t expecting.
With the nice sprinkling of rain that we received yesterday and the forecasted rain for today I am a happy camper! Most of you are probably asking why and I have a number of reasons. Our lovely green valley will become even more vibrant, the fire danger will be less, I love the smell of rain, and most of all the conditions of our trails well become above and beyond the already excellent conditions. My favorite time to ride my bike is shortly after the rain. Don’t be worried I am not talking when it is so wet it erodes and destroys the trails. I am talking about when the trail is the perfect amount of tackiness. When my tires stick to the ground making windy trails extra fun and when roots have a little dampness adding a little more challenge. This is my favorite time to ride, the smells are intense, the temperatures are great and I am out enjoying one of my favorite things to do!
There is nothing I love more than waking up early in the morning in Steamboat and going outside to enjoy the cool, crisp mountain air. It is so refreshing to ride my bike to work along the Yampa River Core Trail. As I cruise along, watching all the wildlife along the Yampa, I take pleasure in the coolness, knowing, however, that the day will warm up and will soon be the perfect temperature for swimming or perhaps boating on Stagecoach Reservoir. By nightfall it will once again be cool and there will be no need for air conditioning when I go to bed.