Exploring 285 - Knit Knook

This week on explore 285 we are at Knit Knook . A great place to enjoy some coffee or tea with friends, take a knitting or crocheting class or buy your materials for your next project! 

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Going for Gold - Fall in Colorado

Quite simply, this is perfectly Colorado!!! The Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass is an amazing trail to see fall colors in the morning, afternoon and night.

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Exploring 285 - A Borgata

This week on exploring 285 we visited a Borgata! Lots of local artists, craftsmanship, collectibles and more make great gifts or keepsakes! Come explore the 285 Corridor! 

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Exploring 285 - The Sasquatch Outpost & Platte River Outfitters

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This week on exploring 285 we visited Platte River Outfitters & The Sasquatch Outpost ! So many great souvenirs, Colorado gear, camping , fishing , big foot souvenirs & big foot museum ! Come explore the 285 Corridor! 

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Exploring 285 - Bean N Bakery

This week on Explore 285 we were at Bean N Bakery Bistro for a great atmosphere! They have a cozy atmosphere with breakfast, coffee, pastries and more! Watch the video and Come on out and explore 285 Corridor! 

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Exploring 285 - Chill'D Frozen Yogurt

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Chill'd Frozen Yogurt to cool down from the heat ! They have multiple flavors, tons of toppings and you can make your own chill'd desert!! Come check it out in Conifer, Colorado. See you around town :)

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Boreas Pass Railroad Day and the Como Depot Restoration

Park County, Colorado has a vibrant railroad history and they celebrate this each year with the Boreas Pass Railroad Day. Part of that storied history includes the Como Depot which has painstakingly been restored over the past few years to show its former glory and the steam engine once again whistles down the track - come see all that the South Park Rail Society and Denver, South Park & Pacific Historical Society have accomplished! On Saturday, August 18th, you can take a ride on Klondike Kate, tour the roundhouse, view Como's Historic School House and Painted houses, enjoy Living History Demonstrations, listen to the Denver Brass, head over Boreas Pass to visit the Breckenridge Highline Railroad Park, Roberts Cabin and Sawmill Museum, and then have dinner offered by the Como Civic Association.

Explore more in our previous blog, The Rich History of the 285 Corridor, and check out the South Park National Heritage website, tour the South Park Museum, and delve into the Park County Historical Society and Park County Local History Archives' treasure troves of photos and information!

Below you will find several YouTube videos that showcase the history of railroads in South Park and the restoration of the Como Depot. Enjoy!

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Exploring Cascade Creek in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

If you are all about the experience, and not solely focused on the destination, this trail will take your imagination far and wide as each bend in the trail seems to have its own unique setting.

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Exploring Lake Isabelle in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

Standing here while looking over the edge, the imagination leaps with excitement at the potential adventures

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Introducing Unfiltered Outdoor Life Adventures by MAD Hippies Life!

It started with a Tweet: "Need big color displays this 4th of July? With high fire danger why not try one of Colorado's amazing trails and see the instead! " and led to our newest partnership with the fantastic duo Miller and Debbie, the MAD Hippies! They hike all over Colorado and we are excited they will begin sharing their "raw, unfilitered life adventures" with us here on our Mountain Secrets Blog. If you are looking for advice or recommendations on the best places to go, tips on what to take with you and how best to be good stewards, safe hiking practices, or wondering if you are up for the difficulty level of a certain hike, they are your outdoor experts; come see what they have to share! Please welcome MAD Hippies Life to My Mountain Town!

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What It Looks Like When Photography, Philanthropy, and Pets Equals Passion

In this episode of Keeping Up With The Community, I sat down with local leading photographer, Amy Johnson. We chatted about how she's self-taught, how she uses photography for a cause, her exciting new business, and a very special offer she's got for the community.

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Keeping Up With The Community | Episode 12 - Ryan's Painting & Contracting

It's colorless, odorless, tasteless, and probably lurking in your basement this very moment.  Can you guess what I'm talking about?

Yup.

A little thing called RADON. 

In this episode of Keeping Up With The Community, Ryan Tereshko of Ryan's Painting and Contracting discusses the effects of radon, how to test for it, and what to do if your radon is on like Donkey Kong.

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Finding My Peace at Mountain Peace Shelter

"A house, where a woman is not safe, is not a home." -Woman, Liberia

Small towns. A place where everyone knows your name and your business. The good and bad of small town living is embracing a close-knit community that supports one another but can end up being a bit nosey. Which, in the case of domestic violence, can provide a valuable safety net.

For me, service is a way of life. That's why I ended up as a volunteer for Mountain Peace Shelter (MPS). I'd been itching for a way to give back to the community for the last 6 months, and after talking with Donna, a friend who works at Mountain Peace Shelter, she provided a great option. It not only provided a much needed service, but provided nourishment and peace to my busy life, as well. Using the flexibility of their crisis line volunteer schedule, I could do it in the comfort of my own home, or wherever I happened to be. A few weeks later found myself at my first volunteer training course.

Over the span of two days I learned a lot about domestic violence that I hadn't known before, and I left the training determined to do two things:

  1. Use my platform as a writer to get the word out about the good work Mountain Peace Shelter (MPS) is doing.
  2. Learn as much as I can about Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence.


I planned my interviews with Lori Cuno, the Executive Director of MPS, Donna Thornton, the Crisis Line Coordinator and Crisis Advocate, and Curt Robinson, the President of MPS Board. Kathy Mastroianni, former Executive Director of MPS, was available as well, to share more about what MPS was all about.

After meeting with the staff at MPS, I knew that sharing their stories would tell you all you needed to know about why I fulfilled my desire to give back to the community. It also tells you why it matters to you.

The passion and warmth in their voices communicated the importance of what was happening at the shelter, as well as the love they are already receiving from the mountain town communities. Each person's commitment told a story before saying a word.

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ABC... As Simple As CBD

If you're reading this, chances are you live in Colorado and you've heard the term "CBD" before. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a fascinating topic of conversation and an ingredient derived from Mother Nature's hemp plant. Want to learn more about it? Just watch this video interview I did with the team at Pure Hemp Collective in Conifer. 

Want to get 20% off your entire purchase?! Be sure mention you saw this video when you come into their store! 

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Chambers of Commerce 2018 Award Winners

If Evergreen and Conifer had anything to brag about and get just a little giddy, it is the extraordinary residents that offer everything you need to live. But it's more than that isn't it? Hey, we all love creature comforts, good food and great deals, but what makes the Mountain Towns unique is...heart. Loyalty and Commitment-Driven relationships that foster community.

If you've lived here long enough, you have probably experienced families and neighbors coming together for a good cause. Well that takes more than just showing up. It takes getting involved. It takes dedication, hard work, and … moxie. You know, Moxie. A force of character, determination and sheer nerve. Take a look at the Evergreen and Conifer Chambers of Commerce Award Winners this year for the best local examples.

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Keeping Up With The Community - American 3D Printing

Did you know that there is a 3D printing store right in Evergreen?

3D printing is a technology that is very common among engineers, but has not always been readily available to the public. It's a way to build real objects from digital files. How it works is the 3D printer converts a software blueprint into slices and deposits layer after layer of plastic, metal or other composites until the finished product is formed. Compared to traditional manufacturing methods like cutting, carving and drilling, it takes less time and raw material. 

So whether you're building a prototype for an invention, you need a custom part for your hot tub that you can't get from the manufacturer, or you want a really unique gift for someone, 3D printing can take your idea from a blueprint to a tangible product.

Mention you saw this interview and get a huge discount when you 3D print! Details inside.

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2018 Foothills Event Guide by My Mountain Town

Festivals are like family reunions, a time when we see our friends and neighbors and all are gathered for the same purpose: to enjoy a spirit of camaraderie. ~Curt Kovener

Frozen Dead Guy Days. Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. Burro Days in Fairplay. Evergreen Fine Arts Festival. Conifer Christmas Parade. Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival. Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival. Buffalo Bill Days. When you think of these events, you feel an essence of what makes those communities unique, what captures the flavor of that town, the personality of its residents, and its history. Of course there are many more events in each place, and each provides us an opportunity to gather, partake in a shared experience, connect with neighbors, make new memories, and deepen bonds of friendship and community camaraderie.

Without further ado, here is the list of community events happening in the Foothills this year (bear in mind, this is a work in progress as not everything is confirmed yet). You'll find details on these events on our Community Calendar - search by date, category, or keywords. Please feel free to share with friends and family, and invite them to come have some fun!

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Keeping Up With The Community - EMC Esthetics

​If you live in Colorado and DON'T have dry skin, I must say, you're one of the lucky ones.  Dry skin has plagued me for years out here!  In this climate, with the lack of humidity and 300+ days of summer, it's crucial to care for your skin, especially the delicate skin on your face.  Meet Emily Cumberland, Owner of EMC Esthetics (known for its $50 facial!).  She's a licensed esthetician who will treat your skin like a work of art.  Services include facials, full-body and eyebrow waxing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, eyelash extensions, tinting, and more.  Ladies, if you've been looking for a brow master, look no further!  Watch this video to receive a discount! 

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Chamber of Commerce 2017/2018 Annual Awards Are Here!

It's finally that time again folks!

Time for the 2018 Evergreen and Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce Award Ceremonies where you will have the opportunity to find out those individuals, businesses, and nonprofits whom their peers believe have served the community the best this past year. Not only will you have a chance to cheer on the best of the best in the community, but get ready to rub elbows with amazing people and have a fun time socializing and eating great food.

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How Are You Engaging?

How Are You Engaging by Heather L. Galaska Engagement is Queen It's been said that when it comes to social media marketing that content is king, and engagement is queen. There is a lot of truth in that statement. Gone are the days that a sales post on social media would draw an online consumer to your website or reach out to your brand. Today, onli...
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