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  1. Kim Wedgwood Said:

    The best fishing is in the North Park area. Yampa and Steamboat Springs are my go to spots.

  2. Johnny Said:

    I’ve always liked the Gunnison Country… the East River between Crested Butte and Almont is TRUELY outstanding! Not far from there the Tail waters of the Taylor Resevoir are ledgendary… Trout 3 feet long… NO, I’m not pulling your leg! Some of the best fly fishing in Colorado!
    You can find out more about the area at
    http://www.TravelSOS.net Click on the Colorado-Journeyer link to go straight to the fishing, hunting, horseback, riding etc.

  3. Johnny Said:

    Did anyone hear about the mysterious UFO over Phoenix, AZ the other nite?
    If you are going there check out this site…
    http://www.travelsos.net/arizona-journeyer/index.cfm

  4. dino3535 Said:

    Do they have stripper bass in Blue Mesa?

  5. Johnny Said:

    I don’t think so…. but the State Record lake trout was caught last year at 52 pounds… don’t know how long it was but nearly as long as the guy holding it in the picture!
    There are Pike, and Kokanee Salmon, lake trout, rainbows and browns….

  6. Johnny Said:

    Please take a look at our latest Historic project:
    http://www.beebedrawhistorical.com/
    We have plans afoot to build a trapper era fort to house one of the largest and most complete collections of reference material on the subject.
    The Joseph R. Walker collection is a tribute to America’s most important and successful mountain man.
    http://www.JosephrWalker.com
    Operating as a non-profit entity we will be focused on using the re-created town of Beebe Draw and Fort Joseph Walker to display the history and heritage on the high plains of eastern Colorado.
    We encourage everyone to become an ally of the Beebe Draw Historical Society and help us to make this offering a world class facility. There are no competetors only friends we haven’t made yet!
    Included in our plans will be tent camping and RV units

  7. Johnny Said:

    Elbridge Gerry, born July 18, 1818 – died April 10, 1875. “The Savior of Colorado”, this heroic story has been neglected and

    deserves it’s place in the annals of Colorado history.

    Elbridge Gerry was born in Massachusetts much of Gerry’s early life is not known. It is reported that he sported a tattoo of a

    ship on his arm and when questioned merely stated it was the secret of his life. It is also noted that their may be some family

    connection with the signator of the Declaration of Independance and Vice President of the United States from Boston of the

    same name, Elbridge Gerry. It would have been a natural progression for young men of that social stature in Boston at that

    time to sign on with trading ships sailing for hides on the west coast.

    It is known that Elbridge worked for the Sublette brothers, as well as the Bents and the American Fur Trading Company during

    the early fur trapping years. There are very few records remaining from that period so his exact movements during these early

    years are not known. As the demand for beaver pelts declined, Gerry settled near Fort Laramie and established a trading post

    on the North Platte. It was during this time that Elbridge would marry a Sioux woman as was customary among many of the

    early fur trappers, to do so was a sign of high rank and acceptance among the native tribes. Many notable trailblazers had

    Indian wives including Joseph Walker and Kit Carson.

    Around 1853, he moved south and establish a trading post and ran a horse farm. This residence was at the mouth of Crow

    Creek as it emptied into the South Platte River about 10 miles east of present day Greeley. His long established business was

    that of a “suttler”, a general store of the day, and he traded with the local Native Americans obtaining pelts in exchange for

    blankets, beads, kettles, knives, etc. An employee named William W. McGaa, also known as Jack Jones, was later to

    become recognized as one of the founders of the city of Denver. McGaa, was very likely a trapper for some time before he

    became an Indian trader. By the summer of 1858 McGaa was in partnership with “Blackfoot” John Smith. The two men had a

    large stock of Gerry’s Indian trade goods which they were trading at a location near the confluence of Cherry Creek and the

    South Platte River. At the time both men were trading for Elbridge Gerry. By this time the three men had been in a long

    association between Blackfoot John Smith and the Bent & St. Vrain Company, it is also quite possible that McGaa had been

    employed earlier with the Bents.

    On September 24th, 1858, McGaa and Smith were joined by six gold prospectors in organizing the St.Charles Town Company

    at the mouth of Cherry Creek. Almost immediately most of the prospectors decamped for other locations. Soon thereafter

    another party of prospectors arrived and convinced McGaa and Smith to join them in organizing the town of Auraria on the west

    side of Cherry Creek. Then on November 16th, 1858 another party under William Larimer arrived and convinced McGaa and

    Smith to join them in organizing the Denver Town Company.

    In 1863 Governor Evans of Colorado once again called upon Elbridge Gerry to assemble the nearby tribes for a treaty. Gerry’s

    services had been used previously to arrange meetings with the hard to contact roving bands of Northern and Southern

    Cheyenne and Arapahoe due to growing tensions.
    As the Governor explained:
    “This E. Gerry was acquainted with all the leading men of both the Arapahoe, Cheyenne and Sioux tribes of Indians, and

    consequently being a very intelligent man, was a very valuable assistant to me in negotiations with the Indians”.
    With a four-mule-team of goods, Elbridge tried to induce these individual bands into a meeting with representatives for a treaty.

    The tribes message was clear, as it turns out a successful buffalo hunt had filled their stomachs. Their scouts claimed the

    buffalo would last a hundred years and the local tribes were determined not give up their hunting grounds.

    In 1864 tensions grew as raids by the Native Americans continued along the South Platte River. Two relatives of Gerry’s wife

    arrived and warned Elbridge to take all his belongings and leave. In three days, they stated, 800 to 1,000 well armed warriors

    would divide into smaller parties and attack all of the outlying stage stops and ranches simutaneously. Their plan was to cut all

    the telegraph lines, take all the supplies, then march on Denver reassembled and kill every last inhabitant. Gerry mounted his

    horse and rode 65 miles to Denver warning people along the way. He arrived in the middle of the night on the second day

    exhausted – some say he was more dead than alive. The Governor assembled every man who owned a gun, telegraphed the

    settlements which could be reached and sent all the troops he could spare to the Overland Stage stop of Latham just east of

    Greeley.

    The Indians called off their all-out assualt when they discovered that Denver, Fort Latham and the settlements were prepared

    for the attack. Elbridge Gerry, the “Paul Revere of the High Plains”, had averted a certain disaster.

    Unfortunately, the Indians found out that it was Gerry who had signaled the alarm. As a punishment for the next year, they

    constantly raided his ranch and trading post stealing over 160 horses and mules. The local people forgot his heroic ride and the

    territorial government only compensated him $7,650 for $30,600 worth of losses.

    He stayed at his ranch at the north end of the Beebe Draw ( http://www.BeebeDrawHistorical.com ) and became successful at a number of different business activities.

    Elbridge continued to breed and raise fine horses, open the Gerry House Hotel in Evans, CO and made other investments in

    northeastern Colorado.

    The Rocky Mountain News newspaper gave the following tribute upon his death:
    Never was a man, however humble, turned away from the old man’s door, and not a cent would he ever take from a friend or

    stranger for any service he could render. His generosity joined hands with bad luck in keeping him poorer than many less

    deserving men…… He loved a horse, and until his heath failed him a few months ago, it was a pleasure to see him ride, for few

    men, young or old, could sit on a horse more gracefully. Honorable in all his dealings, almost childlike in his confidence in

    others, ready and glad to help whenever help was needed. “Little Gerry” has left many a friend to mourn his loss.
    Elbridge Gerry is buried in the small family cemetery overlooking his former ranch.

    His grave is on the east side of Weld county road 61, on the north side of the platte river, just before you come to the cattle

    guard.

    Elbridge Gerry another unsung hero of the old west!

  8. dino3535 Said:

    Boy… that was long winded! LOL… good article though

  9. Johnny Said:

    We are looking for investors and volunteers to help us bring the Beebe Draw project forward!
    Our goal is to preserve our little corner of American history with Fort Joseph Walker, http://www.travelsos.net/index.cfm?var_file=mountain-men/walker/captain-joseph-walker.htm including a trappers fort housing one of the the best collections of research material on the fur trapping era. Along with the Fort we plan to include an authentic Indian Village and Old West town of Beebe Draw preserving the rapidly vanishing buildings that represent our high plains heritage.
    We plan a Lecture series and historic recreations depicting the exploration and settlement of the South Platte and Beebe Draw areas in Northeastern Colorado.
    All contributions will be gratefully accepted… LEND US A HAND! 🙂
    Beebe Draw Historical Society
    20418 Weld Co. Rd. 46
    LaSalle, Co. 80645

  10. For the best hiking, jeeping and scenery come to Ouray, Colorado in the San Juan Mountains.

  11. dino3535 Said:

    Subject: Clocktower Show Announcements
    Date: May 22, 2008 10:00 AM

    THIS WEEKEND
    Friday May 23rd Eddie Turner Band
    “Scorching”, “polyrhythmic” and “chilling”
    His ethereal style is an amalgam of the Afro-Cuban rhythms of his heritage,
    Chicago blues, jazz, R&B and psychedelic rock.
    8:00 show Doors 7:00

    This Saturday
    May 24th DOUBLE BILL
    Lannie Garrett’s Disco Party
    and Ron Ivory’s Motown Revue
    A nostalgia and fun. Motown: The Temptations, Jacksons,
    Smokey, Marvin and more followed by Lannie and her amazing band:
    Platforms and Polyester Disco Revue–campy, party fun!
    8:00 show Doors 7:00

    Convenient Parking Steps from our front door:
    Take Lawrence St.–turn right into the Park Central Garage, just past 15th St. Only $5.

    Clocktower Entertainment | 16th Mall at Arapahoe | Denver | CO | 80202

  12. dino3535 Said:

    6/23/2008
    Colorado State Parks

    Discover Eldorado Canyon State Park and share your memories through pictures
    Eldorado Canyon State Park invites photographers to participate in the 6th Annual Eldorado Canyon State Park photography contest

    ELDORADO SPRINGS, Colo.� Eldorado Canyon State Park invites photographers to participate in the 6th Annual Eldorado Canyon State Park photography contest. Eldorado Canyon is looking for outstanding photos of rock climbing and general photography featuring the people and places of Eldorado Canyon in all seasons.

    Visit the canyon, bring a camera and snap away. The winning photo could be featured in the park’s educational and or promotional displays and materials. Photos taken prior to this contest are eligible and entries must be received by July 7. Best in Show and category winners will receive great prizes. The guidelines have changed, so entrants should review the official contest rules before submitting photos. Plan to come to the park visitor center and help judge the photographs on display from June 27 to September 14. Winners will be announced no later than September 22.

    To obtain entry forms and for more information on this contest, sponsored by Mike’s Camera, call the park at (303) 494-3943 or visit http://www.parks.state.co.us and select Eldorado Canyon State Park.
    Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 41 State Parks are a vital cornerstone in Colorado’s economy and quality of life, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks manages more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts, encompassing 246,000 land and water acres. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit http://www.parks.state.co.us.

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    Colorado State Parks

  13. dino3535 Said:

    “It’s a real gift to know there’s a place we can go to feel the peace and serenity of singing pines and real adobe walls.”
    Merilee & Jere. Boulder, CO

    The Inn at Cascade is a distinguished 1929 southwestern style Colorado bed and breakfast inn located in the scenic Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, CO. Nestled in the pines with sweeping mountain views at the base of Pikes Peak, the inn is the perfect lodging accommodation for secluded romantic getaways, special occasions and Colorado vacations.

    This romantic Cascade, Colorado bed and breakfast is decorated in a mix of Native American and Spanish folk art with architectural elements such as adobe walls, kiva fireplaces, log beam vigas and hardwood floors, conveying a warm Santa Fe style of hospitality.

    Pamper yourself in one of three inviting yet elegantly appointed guest suites, offering plush beds draped in handcrafted southwestern bedding, private baths and fireplaces. Awake each morning to a memorable full gourmet breakfast featuring southwestern and traditional cuisine, while enjoying the company of fellow guests and planning your day’s adventures.

    Visitors to the Pikes Peak region will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities during their Colorado vacation including Garden of the Gods, Pike National Forest , Mueller State Park and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy whitewater rafting through the Royal Gorge on the Arkansas River in nearby Canon City, Colorado. An absolute must is a journey to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak, inspiration for “America the Beautiful”. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery on the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway or for the more daring, drive the breathtaking Pikes Peak Highway. While staying at our unique Colorado bed and breakfast, a wonderful alternative to hotel lodging, you’ll also want to explore other nearby attractions; such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Olympic Training Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. There is also plenty of shopping and dining in the quaint historic districts of nearby Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City.
    When visiting the CO Pikes Peak region, near Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park, choose The Inn at Cascade as your lodging accommodation for a relaxing vacation retreat. Experience southwestern hospitality in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and consider enhancing your stay with one of our unique B&B special packages.

    Guest Comments

    We had such a pleasant stay while in Colorado, The Inn at Cascade is just terrific…you have done a wonderful job to make it cozy and friendly. But the best was your wonderful breakfasts!

    Chris & Dennis, Scottsdale AZ.

    We truly enjoyed our stay at your romantic B&B. It’s a beautiful place and we really miss waking up to the mountain views! We also miss your delicious breakfasts!

    Sue & Vince. St. Louis, MO.

    The Inn at Cascade is an all-time favorite…we’ve been there many times and will return regularly. We have found that there is simply no option but to totally relax when here…work and/or stress are not realities at the inn…it is a real gem.

    Spencer & Jill. Denver, CO.

    ______________

    The Inn at Cascade is proudly featured in the newly published travel guide “Colorado’s Best Bed and Breakfasts”, from Fulcrum Publishing. “The Inn at Cascade is one of the few adobe bed and breakfasts in Colorado, perfect for people looking to stay in a B&B with a southwestern touch.”

    The Inn at Cascade is a proud member of:

    Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce

    Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association

    Colorado Bed and Breakfast of the Pikes Peak Area

    Authentic Bed & Breakfast Inns and Cottages of the Pikes Peak Region

  14. dino3535 Said:

    Black Canyon – Gunnison Colorado

    Did You Know?
    The Painted Wall is the highest cliff in Colorado. From river to rim it stands 2250 feet (685 meters), and is 1000 feet (304 meters) taller than the Empire State Building.

  15. Always good to read about baseball and its players, I’ve played since a kid..

    Can I ask though – how did you get this picked up and into google news?

    Very impressive, is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

    Obviously this is a popular blog with great data so well done on your seo success..

  16. Wendy Said:

    Are there any country line dance places up near the Oak Creek area? I’m from RI and am traveling to CO the first week in August and would love to visit a place to dance!

    Thanks for any input!

  17. Do you know where I can find the best colorado fishing spots?

  18. dino3535 Said:

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    The Colorado Department of Transportation put into operation a first-in-the-nation Wildlife Detection System on US 160 between Durango and Bayfield, just east of the Florida River. The system, constructed test zone between mileposts 95.6 and 96.6, consists of a cable buried one foot deep and 30 feet from either side of the roadway. This “intrusion-detection” technology by Megal Senstar has been used for perimeter security by military, prisons, airports and some private land owners, but has never been employed as a wildlife detection system.

    CDOT, in coordination with the DOW, looked at many solutions, their practicality and their economic and environmental feasibility. Fencing, permanent signs, lighting; all presented solutions that were not quite right for this stretch. Beller explains that the team looked at ways to minimize impacts to the wildlife’s migration while alerting motorists of their presence; a sign that would light up only when wildlife were resent seemed the best solution. Detection systems using laser beams, microwaves or infrared technology were considered, but due to the potential for false positives caused by snow, clouds and even branches with such systems, the underground detection system was considered the best option. The underground cable in the Wildlife Detection System detects changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field.

    The presence of large animals (deer, elk, horses) will cause these changes. The system then transmits information to a sensor module in that particular zone, which communicates to a central on-site control module that activates electronic signs to warn motorists of wildlife in the roadway vicinity. There are 12 signs (six on each side of the highway) in the test section. When an animal triggers the system, two signs for each direction of travel will light up. Seven speed radar detectors have also been installed to register motorists’ speed both outside and inside the test zone so that drivers’ base speed and reaction speed can be monitored. The radar system will also monitor traffic counts, useful for follow-up analysis of the data. All the data will be periodically downloaded from the on-site modules and sent to CDOT’s Traffic & Safety staff for review. CDOT in Durango was awarded a CDOT Research Grant for $150,000 that will go to Western Transportation Institute of Bozeman, Montana, to independently evaluate the success of the project.

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  20. dino3535 Said:

    Mancos Ranch News

    Howdy Folks,

    Welcome to the first issue of Mancos Ranch News. As the new owners, we have elected to go “GREEN” as much as possible. In keeping with that goal we have eliminated most paper transactions and will be communicating with you via email. We will use Mancos Ranch News to not only provide you with information regarding improvements and additions made to the ranch programs but also with our current pricing specials.

    Carolyn and I managed the ranch for our first season last year and look forward to doing so again this year. We are happy to report that both repeat guests and new guests all agreed that Lake Mancos Dude Ranch is better than ever.

    One improvement to our program is the addition of our Free Riding Classes and Cinics designed to assist all riders in improving their riding skills. These classes include both beginner and intermediate lessons covering basic riding skills to trotting and loping lessons.

    This year following the children’s rodeo, we have decided to add a guest team penning competition for intermediate riders where guests compete against each other. This will prove to be both fun and exciting.

    We are hoping you decide to visit with us this year. We believe once you have enjoyed our hospitality you will not only be a repeat guest but a friend as well. Reserve your vacation today!

    In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email us or call either Carolyn or Ernie at our Palm Springs office at (760) 320-5737. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

    The Noia Family

    Richard, Carolyn, Ernie & Michael Noia

    OPENING WEEK SPECIAL

    Book your stay with us during our first week of operation (May 31 thru June 6) and receive 20% DISCOUNT off your entire package.

    *Discount does not apply to taxes, service charge or gratuities.

    GRADUATION SPECIAL

    Do you have a graduation to celebrate in 2009? Let us help. High School or College Graduates stay for FREE with 2 paid adults. Mom and Dad can go on vacation and take the new grad along for FREE! $1750 Savings!!!

    HONEYMOONER’S SPECIAL
    Getting Married in 2009? We offer 20% DISCOUNT on your special getaway. Your vacation includes a romantic sunset ride, champagne welcome and free souviner photo.

    *Discount does not apply to taxes, service charge or gratuities

    American Plan Rates
    Cost Per Person*
    Adults $ 1750
    Children (6-17) $ 1295
    Children (4-5) $ 1045
    Children under 4
    $ 200

    SPACE AVAILABILITY:

    JUNE: All Weeks have Space Available.
    JULY: Most Weeks Have Space Available.
    AUGUST: Some Availability Until Aug 16th
    AUGUST: 17 thru Sept. 26th – Adults only
    Call For Current Availabilty (800) 325-9462

    *Rates do not include 5.25% Colorado Taxes, 15% Service Charge or optional gratuities to staff.

    OUR 2009 SEASON IS MAY 31 TO SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

    We hope you will decide to join us. Please call the ranch toll free at 1-800-325-9462 or e-mail us with questions or to complete your reservation. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Click HERE to Reserve now!

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  21. Dug Wardd Said:

    Please visit for more info on Durango Colorado and surrounding areas, mostly hunting/fishing but adding more and more each month.

  22. Dug Wardd Said:

    http://fourcornerslife.blogspot.com for more info.
    thanks


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