Janet Day – Apres ski trash enough to give one pause
Fraser Valley, Colorado
Cleaning Up: Last Wednesday was base area clean-up day at Winter Park Resort. The amount of trash and litter left behind after snow sports season ends is appalling. Bag after bag of water bottles, beer cans, coffee cups, lift tickets, trail maps, sun screen tubes, fast food wrappers and more were carried off to recycling and trash cans.
Nothing exceptionally interesting was found. That usually comes with the later mountain cleanup where iPods, cell phones and cash dropped from the lifts resurface when the snow melts. Some of the most interesting things last week were some of the more dangerous: syringes and knives found in parking areas. What were those people doing?
What appalled and annoyed me the most was finding dozens of knotted plastic bags full of dog poo. Why would someone pickup after their dog (the responsible thing to do in public areas) but then just toss the excrement-filled bag to the side of a hiking/snowshoe trail, road or sidewalk? Left au naturel, the mess the dog left would have disintegrated into the rain-sodden ground by now, but the plastic bags become particularly nasty litter.
All of which leads me to this – the entire valley needs a little pre-summer de-littering and we all can help. Get out of your home, walk to the road and look around. If you see some trash, pick it up (gloves recommended) and dispose of it properly.
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Tune Time: Got your bike ready for summer yet? Me neither. So why not learn to do it yourself? Jeff Lunde of Christy Sports will host a bike care clinic at the Fraser Valley Library this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Show up with or without your bike, bring plenty of questions and enjoy the refreshments.
Place Your Bids: The Middle Park Land Trust’s 4th annual celebration takes place June 28 at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Broad Axe Barn and if you, like me, aren’t able to attend, you can still take advantage of great deals in the silent auction. There’s plenty of art, vacation packages, goods and services. I’m particularly interested in the three months of residential curbside recycling, windshield repair and veterinary gift certificates, all with starting bid levels below market value. For information on how to place your bids before the event, go to http://www.middleparklandtrust.org or call their office at 970.887.1177.
Gone to the Dogs: Local realtor Jill Childress will be hosting her annual garage sale on July 27 and Grand County Pet Pals will be the beneficiary. Expect some quality items donated by other Pet Pals supporters. From Highway 40 turn west onto County Road 5 as if going to Pole Creek Golf Course, take a quick right on Granite and follow the signs.
Feel Great with Friends: Grab your Best Friend Forever and take advantage of Devil Thumb’s new BFF Spa Retreat package. Get a cabin or a room in the lodge, go horse riding, enjoy wine and cheese in the room and indulge in a Ranch Creek Spa treatment plus yoga or pilates. The specially priced package is available from August through the end of the year. Reservations required, so book yours now. Go to http://www.devilsthumbranch for more information.
– Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com. Follow me and local tidbits at http://www.twitter.com/DayJan or http://www.twitter.com/DayDreamCrafts.
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