Yes, today is Wednesday. The hump of the week when we all start to think about the upcoming weekend, start planning what we would like to do and even researching new activities. An added benefit of being in Steamboat Springs in the summertime is having so many outdoor recreational activities literally at you fingertips. The possibilities are endless and it really is fun to try new things in this outdoor playground. Whether you envision water sports, hiking or camping in your weekend plans the Yampa Valley has something for everyone.
My favorite Colorado weather saying was proved true this weekend; if you don’t like the weather, just wait twenty minutes. Steamboat Springs got quite a sampling of Colorado weather this weekend with thunder and lightening storms mixed with beautiful sunshine.
On this unpredictable weekend, I was still able to go boating on Steamboat Lake, which is just a 30-minute drive north of Steamboat Springs right next to Hahn’s Peak. We met some friends up at the marina only to be met with a rainstorm. We waited about twenty minutes, the weather cleared, and we were out on the boat in no time enjoying the entire afternoon of warm water, sunshine and good food and company. As summer comes to a close, I really enjoyed being on a boat soaking in the summer sun with kids that in a few weeks would be heading off to school and knowing that in a few short weeks the leaves would be turning. Fall is just around the corner.
A dry summer here in Steamboat led to a nearly month-long fire ban in Routt County. However, due to recent rains, like the showers we had last night, the fire ban that was put in effect on July 10th was lifted this morning much to the relief of Routt County camping enthusiasts.
I have been dying to go camping all summer and I am so excited that the fire ban has been lifted. There is still plenty of time left in the summer and lots of great camping and backpacking spots that I cannot wait to explore. We love our forests here in Routt County and don’t want to burn them down, so it is important to respect the fire bans. But it is always exciting when you’re able to relax in the great outdoors around a campfire.
Another beautiful weekend has come and gone. I worked on Saturday hosting a film crew from Russia as they filmed at the Stanko Ranch and the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo. Saturday was an absolutely perfect day with cool, crisp temps in the morning and hot, roasting sunshine all afternoon.
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.
After work a few friends and I met at the Botanical Gardens to do some catching up while walking on the Yampa River Core Trail. Along the way we passed groups of summer camp kids, exhausted from their day’s activities, as well as many smiling cyclists, on their way to their next adventure. Happy to see that the Yampa River took advantage of the recent rainfall, we enjoyed our stroll, never straying far from its banks, and before we knew it we arrived at the base of Howelsen Hill – just in time to watch some friends play volleyball.