So where do you get the seeds to grow those red trees? |

So where do you get the seeds to grow those red trees?

Janet Day / Talk of the Valley
Winter Park, Colorado

Tourist Tales. Tourism and visitor numbers may be down, but funny or stunning comments from outsiders are in no short supply. This story is reported to me as absolutely true:

A Rocky Mountain National Park employee at the Kawauneechee Visitors Center was recently approached by a tourist who asked where she could buy the seeds to plant and grow the lovely red pine trees she sees in the park.

The tourists that are making the trek to Winter Park Resort despite the economy have good things to say about the Cabriolet. While some locals grumble, as they always do any time things change, the out-of-state tourists and even some Front Range visitors have had positive reactions to the people-mover. It’s nicer than riding a school bus with fogged-up windows and gives the kids something to do besides complain about having to schlep their equipment through snowy parking lots.

I rode the Cabriolet the other day just to check it out. It’s no colder than riding a chairlift and a lot easier to manage than trying to get kids and equipment onto or off of a bus. The view flying into the base is attractive and the walk through the new village is pleasant (heated sidewalks!) if a bit lifeless until shops and restaurants fill it up. With the opening of Lime (love the Mexican take on edamame at the Lime in my old Washington Park neighborhood), The Cheeky Monk and a few more shops, spending time in the village will be fun.

Help Fill Furry Bellies. It’s not just people who are hurting from the economic downturn. Their pets are hurting as well. But there’s a way to help ” Max’s Full Belly Deli.

The idea is to donate what pet food you can or request a donation for what you need. Pet food can be dropped off at the Circle D in Grand Lake, Joe’s Auto in Hot Sulphur Springs, Wild West Tattoo and Four Paws Resort in Granby. Or call 531-9249 to arrange for pickup in the Granby area or 531-2247 in the Winter Park and Fraser areas. The service is being offered only in the eastern part of the county, but there are plans to expand west. Please donate a medium-grade food so that animals can adjust to it more easily.

If you’d like to be placed on a list to receive food, or for more information, go to

Harness Help. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Cold fingers fumbling with a camera has led to the development of the Keyhole Hands-Free Camera Harness, created by Back Country Solutions of Tabernash.

The harness holds the camera against the body so there’s no swinging, dropping and awkward, uncomfortable carrying. It moves from its harness to a ready-to-shoot position in seconds. It also stores the camera facing downward, providing more lens protection. For more details, go to

Summer Fun. Sure, the snow season is just getting started, but there are plenty of people around the valley already looking toward summer. Among them are the busy and dedicated organizers of the Alpine ArtAffair, a big, fun arts and crafts festival held every July in Winter Park.

Applications are already available for the July 25-26 show and organizers say they really want to focus on local artists. You can find details by going to

Artists can test the craft show waters in February at the annual Cupid’s Corner event, a Middle Park Land Trust benefit that offers one-stop Valentine’s Day shopping. Spots are still available for the Feb. 7 show held at the Fraser Historic Church. Call the land trust offices at 887-1177 for details.

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

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