Rocky Mountain

15 Jun 19
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
The Estes Valley Sierra Club invites the public to a program presented by two members of the Fort Collins Audubon Society on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Hondius Room of the Library.  Please join us for an evening of local ornithological information and beautiful photography with Dr. Ron Harden and Dr. Barb Patterson. Ron Harden’s topic is “Rocky Mountain National Park: Not Just Elk.” His illustrated talk will focus on the birds in RMNP.  Dr. Harden, a retired dentist, is a volunteer Interpretive Staff member of Rocky Mountain National Park and a Certified Interpretive Guide.  He has been an amateur ornithologist and interested in wildlife all his life.  He is a board member of Fort Collins Audubon Society and a member of the Audubon Colorado Council’s Public Policy Committee, which provides oversight of the Colorado Legislature.  The Council is composed of representatives from all the Colorado Audubon chapters. Following his presentation, Barb Patterson will provide more background about the Audubon Society and its programs.  She is a forestry and ornithology teacher at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. Dr. Patterson is the education committee chairperson and volunteer coordinator for the Fort Collins Audubon Society. She enjoys creating new partnerships and opportunities for environmental education, for children of all ages! Residents of the Estes Valley as well as visitors to the area are welcome to attend this program.
15 Jun 19
Sally in Milan

Hannah, Nicole, and I spent a wonderful week-and-a-bit galavanting through Greece together! We visited Athens, Nafplio, Ermioni, and Hydra. Keep reading for all the greets! (Greek deets…?) Our journey to Greece started out in the funniest way; I hope Hannah doesn’t mind my sharing this anecdote. I’m not sure why I didn’t share this one […]

15 Jun 19
Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Eleanor Hondius was not a woman to be trifled with, even when it came to her husband. It was 1912, and the Estes Park Protective and Development Association, run prominently by males, was raising money for civic purposes. “The men of this organization, while they had all kinds of ideas and uses of money, they didn’t have the slightest idea about how to raise it, so the women raised the money,” said Jim Pickering, Historian Laureate for Estes Park. The Women’s Auxiliary of the Protective and Development Association, led by Hondius, spent that summer raising funds, and was able to gather $300. When it came time to present the money to the Association, Hondius indicated that they would like to use the funds for the improvement and development of trails. “The men said ‘thank you very much, we like your money but we will decide what it is used for,’” Pickering said. “So she took back the money.” She not only took the money back, she took it back from her husband, Pieter. This is where the lore the Eleanor Hondius began. A strong willed woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and Estes Park is better off because of her. The women decided to dissolve the Auxiliary, and ended up forming the Estes Park Woman’s Club, which is the oldest continuously operating organization in the community, started in 1912. “She was a strong-willed woman who represented other women in the community, that said we have a vision for development in this community and we raised the money and want a say in how the money is spent,” Pickering said. Part of her legacy is the Eleanor Hondius Trail, which goes up past Elkhorn Lodge, which she ran for a number of years, and up to Deer Mountain inside Rocky Mountain National Park. Another part is the Estes Valley Library. Hondius and the Woman’s Club raised $5,000 to build the original Estes Park Public Library, right in Bond Park. Hondius then generously donated more for an addition in 1935, which more than doubled the Library. “It’s no coincidence that the Library’s biggest community meeting space is called the Hondius Room. Eleanor and her fellow visionaries in the early Estes Park Woman’s Club opened our first library in 1916. Eleanor was an enthusiastic contributor and champion of the library in her lifetime,” said Kurtis Kelly, Communications Specialist for the LIbrary. “One of our favorite historic photos shows Eleanor’s son, Pieter Hondius, Jr., then a small boy, picking out stones for the construction of the first library building. We owe a debt of gratitude to these pioneers for the quality of life we enjoy today.” Eleanor Hondius was a strong, bold woman who left an indelible mark on Estes Park that is still felt today. If you would like to learn more about Hondius and her life in the mountains, check out her book, “Memoirs of Eleanor E. Hondius of Elkhorn Lodge.” A new edition was recently released, and is available for purchase at MacDonald Bookshop and the Estes Park Museum Shop, along with copies to borrow from the Library.
15 Jun 19
Dexter's Dog Days

This roundup of news features stories asking if climate change is causing a spread of diseases that impact dogs, MuttNation Foundation’s work results in 61 adoptions, and a list of the companies most friendly to dogs.

15 Jun 19
Kate On The Road Less Traveled

100 miles in 5 days. Crossing an endorheic basin. Expansive prairie views. Wild horses and wild flowers. Atlas and I had an incredible time crossing the Great Divide Basin.

15 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

Welcome to our weekly summary of the most important stories of Driving.ca last week. Get involved and ready for the weekend, because it's hard to keep up the pace in a digital traffic jam. Here's what you missed while you were away. The neighbors of Dum-dum vandalized the car of this med student to park […]

15 Jun 19
Paranormal and urban fantasy author D.M. Guay

Okay, so, apparently I have a thing for Ohio, and I didn’t realize it. The three books I’ve written thus far, as well as the nine more I have planned, are all set in Ohio. I didn’t think that was weird until one of my New Orleans friends asked me why I didn’t set my […]

15 Jun 19
Linodofictions

The early noon sky, draped with gorgeous sky blues and milky white clouds towered over the heavens, bringing endless radiant light to the lonesome lands below. Blades of grass swished from side to side while heavy winds whistled past the canyons. The birds sang in unison as the cicadas jumped merrily from leaf to leaf. […]

15 Jun 19
Linodofictions

BAMMM!!! BAMMMM!!! BAMMMM!!!! Booming, resonant shockwaves detonated themselves through the once serene Merry Waterfall as billions of dust particles dominated the air. The flat and rocky terrain of the basin had been littered with dozens of craters that could have only been caused by a meteor shower. At the centre of the carnage, there was […]

15 Jun 19
URBAN EXPRESSION

HowthHowth (rhymes with both), is a fishing and yachting port, and popular suburban resort on the north side of Howth Head, 15km (9½ miles north-east of the city centre. Its attractions are easily appreciated, particularly at the coast. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In […]

15 Jun 19
Linodofictions

“Take a left here and walk straight! We’ll reach the Merry Waterfall then!” A high-pitched excited cry echoed through the rocky terrain of a small and hidden valley, bringing life to the godforsaken landscape. Five throbbing footsteps crackled on the vast numbers of pebbles and gravel on the earthen floor as vultures circled high above […]

15 Jun 19
The Mountain-Ear

Omayra Acevedo, Peak to Peak. Moose are known for their massive antlers, their sharp hooves, large size and sometimes even their temper, but not this one. A Spring chill was in the air as I walked through the town of Idaho Springs, Colorado. While window shopping, I entered a couple of shops to chat with […]

15 Jun 19
sk8hispaceexplorer

∞Children of the Sun∞ Around a year ago I was visiting my dad, living in his small trailer on the Oregon Coast for almost a month with no idea what the next step was going to be (Which is pretty typical with my lifestyle). My girlfriend and I had considered Bend when leaving Monmouth and […]

15 Jun 19
Welcome

You probably know at least some of the crazy stats by now. Colorado is at 751 percent of its typical June 14th snowpack, as of Friday. In at least four of Colorado’s eight river basins, that figure is over 1,000 percent. In virtually every numerical sense, Colorado’s mid-June snowpack is off the charts. In 2018, […]