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Outdoors

  • Rafting hits high-water mark in Clear Creek

    The number of people taking commercial rafting trips on Clear Creek this year was likely higher than 2014, which would make 2015 the third straight year of improvement for the industry, according to the Colorado Rafting Association.

    The association saw more than 72,000 commercial customers in Clear Creek in 2014. The association hasn’t finished compiling figures for 2015 year, said executive director David Costlow, but “my guess is this year it will exceed that,” he said.

  • Wild turkeys are thankful they’re not extinct

    (Reprinted from Nov. 26, 2013)

    While we have many things to be thankful for, I think the wild turkeys must be thankful for being alive because these big, beautiful, wild birds came very close to extinction.

    This great American bird was fairly common over much of America and was taken to Europe in the early 16th century where it was domesticated and became a very popular dish. In America, it was also very popular, but there were no domestic turkeys to buy at the market.

  • Tree, chipping sparrows visit foothills at different times

    On her way to visit me last week, my friend Loie Evans saw a tree sparrow in the yard here at Elk Run Assisted Living. Tree sparrows are interesting birds because they do not breed here; they breed much further north. They breed in the low shrub growth just above timberline. They are most frequently seen here in winter in the middle states.

    They are not tree birds as you think of big, high trees. They are birds of the scrub land, nesting in the Hudsonian Zone all across northern Canada, where such trees as birch and alder are more shrub-like, only four to six feet high.

  • Autumn’s dry flowers are fodder for craft projects

    November is often referred to as the brown month. Nightly frosts have put an end to the green growing season, and meadows and prairies have slowly turned brown.

    Although we may have snow, there is seldom enough to stay on the ground for long, and before we settle into the black-and-white days of winter, we have about a month of brown frozen weeds and grasses. November is usually the month when the summer growth has matured and ripened seeds.

  • New director to pave way for progress on Peaks to Plains Trail

    A man who has been heavily involved with plans for the Peaks to Plains Trail as a member of Denver-based THK Associates Inc. will lead the new Clear Creek Greenway Authority.

    Randall Navarro was chosen to be executive director of the authority, officials said Oct. 27. Navarro was not immediately available for comment.

  • The molten gold of autumn in the foothills

    A few weeks ago, the aspen were spectacular in the high country. We could see great rivers of molten gold flowing down every valley. Aspen seem to require a bit of extra moisture, so they tend to follow river valleys.

    Just as it appeared that we were settling in to a long golden fall, we had a rainy day with high gusty winds that stripped the aspen trees of their crop of gold. Then we settled into nearly a week of rainy weather. The additional weight of water-soaked leaves and a few gusts of wind brought most of the remaining leaves down.

  • Elk: It’s what’s for dinner

    Elk, elk everywhere — but not one to eat.

    Local hunters gaze at herds of elk and deer roaming the meadows and yards in Evergreen. However, they are essentially off limits for hunting because of restrictions on hunting in populated areas.

    To find wild game for their dinner tables, Evergreen residents Kim Herfurt and Tim Wulf head to state wildlife management areas and private lands where they are permitted to hunt during regulated seasons with licenses from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

  • Wintering juncos are hard to distinguish

    A friend asked if I would write about the junco complex again this week because she said, “They are showing up in large numbers at my feeders, and once more, I can’t tell them apart.” Well, all I could say was “Join the club,” for we are all having the same problem.

  • Mount Evans road closed until Memorial Day weekend

    You'll have to view the fall colors on Mount Evans from afar for the rest of the year — the Mount Evans Scenic Byway has closed.

    The highest paved road in North America was open later than usual this fall because construction work delayed its opening until early August, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. It typically opens the Friday before Memorial Day and closes the day after Labor Day.

  • Spectacular colors highlight visit over Boreas Pass

    On Tuesday, Sept. 22, two friends took me on a trip over Boreas Pass. It was a delight.

    This has been one of my favorite trips for many years. It is nearby, covers some of the best mountain area and has great distant views of aspen. My late husband, Bill, and I used to go south on U.S. 285 to Como, then northwest over the pass to Breckenredige, have lunch there and then make a fast trip home over routes 9 and 70.

    This time we reversed this trip, going out on I-70, then south to Breckenridge, then going over the pass from west to east, then back home on U.S. 285.