KOFFEENUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOFFEENUT KOFFEENUT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Happy Moose - 3-27-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900591 Tom Litteral said "This moose just ate all my blooming crocus. I don't think he really cares!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685831061.jpg"> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:46:25 EST Trust a cat... - 3-26-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900342 ...to make it to the highest branches of an aspen. I'm not sure HOW Sharon Bigelow got the picture.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892738746.jpg"> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:59:08 EST Hope - 3-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899384 It's snowing (AGAIN!) today, but Garrett Prechtl reminded me there IS hope for spring around the corner! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1337864101.jpg"> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:08:19 EST Rockslide - 3-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898918 After a long, hard winter of snowing and melting and freezing and melting, spring arrives. It's not unusual in Colorado for spring to also bring rockslides - giant rocks that have broken loose during the freezing/melting cycle give way, sometimes tumbling down in our roadways. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1090754353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John F. Russell found a large slab of rock next to the east-bound lane of U.S. Highway 40 this morning. The boulder broke loo... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:44:55 EST Balloon over ski area - 3-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898168 The passengers in this balloon had a bird's eye view as they floated high above the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l769892672.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It does beg the question.....Where WAS John F. Russell when he took this picture?!? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:39:49 EST Fiery Night Skies - 3-22-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897523 Brian Redmon caught our fiery night skies over town. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999754805.jpg"> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:53:38 EST Watch for deer! - 3-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896991 Shannon Lukens had the same experience I did - the deer seem to be out in force right now. She snapped this photo just north of State Bridge on Highway 131, the same road I used a couple days ago to take a friend to her doctor in Vail. We had to keep an eye out for deer wandering into the road! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028820020.jpg"> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 12:38:39 EST Gotta get the stick! - 3-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896614 No wonder the bears are out of hibernation - we've had warmer than usual temperatures lately. The water in the Yampa River might be cold right now, but the chilly temperatures didn't seem to bother Tume, an Australian shepherd/border collie mix. Tume was more than willing to chase a stick and retrieve it from the waters (repeatedly, based on the photos John F. Russell was able to get!). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724339266.jpg"> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:32:09 EST The bears are back! - 3-19-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896107 The bears are already coming out of hibernation! I wouldn't have believed it, but Nancy Hausman provided photographic evidence.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726867138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gotta make sure I don't accidentally leave the garage door open overnight.... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:56:14 EST Ice Fishing - 3-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895439 Ah, we start them young here! Matt Stensland was on hand during Debunk the Winter Funk to get this photo of 8-yr-old Aylen Dalke and her dog Maisey ice fishing at Stagecoach State Park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1752664594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And don't think it's just the girls out there! Elizabeth Miller found Cash DelliQuadri waiting patiently to catch a trout at the ice fishing clinic at Steamboat Lake State Park. Cash had a great view of Hahn's Peak wh... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:40:02 EST Ski Jumping - 3-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894655 Howelsen Hill is the oldest continuously operated ski area in Colorado. It has been the training location of over 79 Olympians including several on the Colorado and National Ski Hall of Fame. This year the Junior National Championships for Nordic combined and special jumping were held there. This photo, captured by Joel Reichenberger, is of Ben Loomis as he soars over the Howelsen Hill judges' stand. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1006668853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:19:23 EST Sunset over Sleeping Giant - 3-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894047 Cyndi Marlowe caught the beautiful sunset colors over Sleeping Giant (Elk Mountain). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481088333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since Terracottage shared the story of Thunder Bay's Sleeping Giant, I felt I should research the story behind ours! According to Yampa Valley Info, here is the most commonly accepted story behind our giant: <BR> <BR> Legend of the Sleeping Giant <BR> The Sleeping Giant is located at the west end of Steamboat. He can c... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:15:32 EST Sunset - 3-15-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893333 Michelle Madderom shared this stunning sunset; what a beautiful place I get to live in! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1822825614.jpg"> Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:30:07 EST Eagle on the Yampa - 3-14-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892847 John F. Russell has good timing - he spotted this bald eagle settling into trees down by the Yampa River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946838711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course, it helps when you're tracking the flight pattern! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1229523498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the drive to the outlet malls yesterday I was noticing the crows sitting on fenceposts. Suddenly I realized "Crow. Crow. Crow. GOLDEN EAGLE. ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:46:27 EST Hope for Spring - 3-13-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892514 Laura Anderson reminded us that there IS hope for spring here in the Yampa Valley! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766809920.jpg"> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:42:11 EST Start them early - 3-12-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891699 Nolan Dempsey got a little flashback to Steamboat Springs' early days with a ride on 8-year-old Jack. Ben Ingersoll found them after Jack's owner rode the horse in from West Steamboat for the day and parked the steed on the corner of Seventh and Yampa streets. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452728655.jpg"> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:25:23 EST Mountain in moonlight - 3-11-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891462 The folks enjoying Mt. Werner by moonlight - these are MY people! Elizabeth Miller found this panorama of the mountain across snow-lit fields. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l888642746.jpg"> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:29:28 EST Sunrise over Mt. Werner - 3-10-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890553 Shannon Lukens was up EARLY to capture the sun rising over Mt. Werner! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075409585.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank goodness SOMEONE is willing to get up that early! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:45:23 EST Balloon - 3-9-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889943 Lori Burks got a great photo of the Wild West balloon in the neighborhood on a bright blue day with Emerald Mountain in the background! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419859536.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 14:53:57 EST Wanna Duct Tape your Boss? - 3-8-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889397 That's exactly what the local hospital employees had a chance to do! Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Frank May, left, and COO Dave Garner were duct taped to the wall inside the hospital cafeteria as part of "Stick It to Cancer." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1309873958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As you can see here, Tape Crew member Jim Fletcher took great care in taping Dave Garner to the wall! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1558255387... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:25:01 EST You guys stop talking about spring! - 3-7-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888673 We're still doing THIS here (and likely will be for the foreseeable future!). Sarah Sanders risked life and limb to catch this photo of the Yampa Valley High School 2015 Winter Intensive Field Study! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197072731.jpg"> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:31:24 EST Sleeping Giant - 3-6-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888106 I love this photo of Sleeping Giant (Elk Mountain) from Cyndi -it almost looks like a painting! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606126616.jpg"> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:49:25 EST Sunset - 3-5-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887569 Joe Pierce shared this amazing sunset with us, taken out in the county. How lucky am I to live someplace like this? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695156756.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:31:50 EST Swans - 3-4-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886931 Annette Zuber found these trumpeter swans wintering on the Yampa River. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340851109.jpg"> Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:50:49 EST Moose on the loose - 3-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886339 When I moved here over 20 years ago we seldom saw moose on this side of the mountain. Occasionally a bull would wander over looking for a girl moose, but when he didn't find any he'd wander back across the mountain. Not anymore. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081089201.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Colorado Parks and Wildlife took this photo of a bull moose just after it ran over a woman walking her dogs. Apparently something spooked the moose and it ran up behind her; ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:15:26 EST Bikes in the snow - 3-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885505 Just because it's winter doesn't mean the folks in our VERY active town give up biking! It's not unusual to find folks plowing their regular cruiser bikes through the snow, as evidenced by this bike John F. Russell found parked downtown on a snowy day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901872011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There ARE bikes with fat tires designed for the snow, and I've begun to see these around town over the past year. Brett Dalke was trying out a "fat bik... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:31:40 EST Alpenglow - 3-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884960 Pete Kail caught a great shot of the alpenglow on the mountain from our main street through town! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967089335.jpg"> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:01:22 EST Beautiful horse - 2-28-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884287 Not even the dreary winter weather could dampen the striking beauty of this horse which John F. Russell found off Routt County Road 14 near Steamboat Springs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l545024458.jpg"> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:18:24 EST Ermine on the move - 2-27-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883722 Kevin Dietrich caught this ermine on the MOVE - with the amount of snow we've had lately I'm surprised he was able to spot him! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1047071283.jpg"> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:50:09 EST Sunrise - 2-26-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883390 In the winter we turn our city golf course into a nordic center for cross-country skiing. God bless Bill Martin for being up early enough to catch the sunrise while they were doing early-morning trail grooming at the Haymaker Nordic Center! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178428973.jpg"> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:57:35 EST No Trespassing - 2-25-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882531 This fox apparently did not see, or chose to ignore, the no trespassing signs that are plastered on the Butterfly Barn near the Meadows Parking lot. John F. Russell caught the renegade fox in the act! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774786321.jpg"> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:38:58 EST Eagle - 2-24-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881842 Jim Kerr spotted this eagle at Weiss Park, near the river. We see them relatively often here - it is AMAZING how large these birds are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308124886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In fact, DH was sharing an eagle story at dinner one night. "I was driving by Elk Park when an eagle came up off the river. I got a ticket, and the eagle was soaring..." <BR> <BR> "Wait a minute" I said, "back up. You got a ticket?" <BR> <BR> "Oh. Yeah. Did you k... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:09:51 EST Rabbit Ears Pass Sunset - 2-23-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881518 There's something about the colors of the sky at sunset contrasted against the snow on Rabbit Ears Pass.... Jason Cobb caught a beauty! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1219955243.jpg"> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:26:40 EST Surprise Pedestrian - 2-22-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880515 Joan Heimbach found a surprise pedestrian in Wildhorse Plaza. This perky skunk was out for a stroll! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283295191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People gather around to "ooh" and "ahh" over foxes, elk, bears, moose.... Some wildlife is just more popular than others! Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:42:13 EST MORE snow - 2-21-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879998 We've been.....blessed....with another 12 inches of snow in the last day. At least folks are having fun with it. Scott Franz found this snowman gracing a hill in Rita Valentine park (not far from my house). At least HE looks happy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352876964.jpg"> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:42:25 EST Fish! - 2-20-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879491 DH is a RABID fly-fisherman - it's why we live here. Even so, he's never caught the bug for ice fishing. Clearly 4-yr-old Oliver Quigley doesn't share his reservations! Jessica Quigley captured a happy boy with his rainbow trout at the Stagecoach Lake ice fishing tournament! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l167124188.jpg"> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:59:36 EST Good Hunt! - 2-19-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878942 Well....at least for the FOX it was a good hunt... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1333398565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Vicky Slaight had perfect timing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404556881.jpg"> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:50:47 EST Serene Yampa River - 2-18-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878008 Mary Davies found this serene stretch of the Yampa River. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886138426.jpg"> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:59:18 EST Yampa Valley loves our dogs - 2-17-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877564 My DH and I used to joke that if you didn't own a dog when you moved to the Yampa Valley, you'd be stopped at the bottom of Rabbit Ears Pass and ISSUED a dog (lab, lab, golden, lab, shepherd, lab, lab...Oh, and a complimentary bandana for your dog). We feature them in our phone book. We know each other by our dogs. We take them everywhere. <BR> <BR> Mary Davis has a great photo of Mt. Werner (behind the dog, taken after hiking Emerald Mountain!). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:39:57 EST Sunrise - 2-16-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876754 Brendan Durrum was up early to catch the sunrise at the top of the Morning Side chairlift at the ski area. The mountains in the background are the Gore and Indian peaks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93854944.jpg"> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:33:19 EST Winter Carnival - Fireworks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876213 The Winter Sports Club trains our kids in competitive skiing, jumping, and cross-country skills, and Winter Carnival benefits the club. The kids participate in a nighttime celebration at Howelsen Hill, skiing down the darkened face of the hill with sparklers prior to the fireworks show. Shannon Lukens was in the crowd at the bottom of the hill to appreciate their performance. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140721629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once the kids have come down the... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:13:16 EST Winter Carnival - Parade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875760 What's a Winter Carnival without a parade? Luckily Ben Ingersoll was in a prime location to capture this year's Diamond Hitch parade. In a nod to our ranching heritage we always have some horse-drawn floats. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074207921.jpg"> <BR> The Steamboat Springs Rugby team tried to stay upright during their tow in the parade. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072221443.jpg"> <BR> And the Steamboat Springs High School ma... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:37:24 EST Winter Carnival - Shovel Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875090 Dragging our kids on skis down main street behind a galloping horse is not the craziest thing we do during Winter Carnival. The shovel race is. Restricted to adults (?) only, one end of a rope is tied off to a saddle while the other is attached to a shovel. Your goal is to complete the fastest ride while maintaining your grip on the shovel. Matt Stensland got a great picture of Michelle Barnes mid-ride. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l129046366.jpg"> <BR> Matt als... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:54:28 EST Winter Carnival - Donkey Jump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874622 So maybe all the snow makes us a little crazy. During Winter Carnival not only do we fill the street with snow, we bring in ranchers with horses and ropes so we can have our small children do things like the Donkey Jump! The horse runs full speed down our main street, towing our kids on skis to a small jump. Matt Stensland captured Doug Wheeler pulling Wiley Wagner just before he hit the jump. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799860286.jpg"> <BR> Matt also caught a ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:03:47 EST Winter Carnival - Snow Sculptures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873853 Everyone participates in Winter Carnival! As part of a time-honored tradition, our high school students design snow sculpture creations and take part of a school day to build them along our main street. Mark McNitt snapped a photo of this year's first place winner: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453525536.jpg"> <BR> To give you an idea what the process looks like, John F. Russell caught this unfinished snow sculpture. Charles Fitzhugh, Elijah Wright, Hannah Thved... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:16:05 EST Winter Carnival - 3 to 5 year old race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873292 We actually close down our main street through town both weekend mornings of Winter Carnival. We bring back the snow and lay a blanket of it down in the street. Why? So we can do fun Winter Carnival street events! I always enjoy the 25-yard dash on skis for the 3-5 year old set. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198573787.jpg"> <BR> Matt Stensland got a toddler-level view of the kids this year, some of whom figured out quickly that this was a RACE, while others wer... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:28:37 EST Winter Carnival - Lighted Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872871 I missed Winter Carnival (it conflicted with 2-yr-old grandson's birthday), but glad to see our traditions go on! We do a fireworks show during winter carnival that includes "The Lighted Man". Not only does his suit, helmet and ski poles include LED lights - he carries Roman candles in his backpack that shoot off as he skis down Howelsen Hill. Matt Stensland caught a great photo of The Lighted Man coming down Howelsen before his Roman candles started going off. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:38:41 EST Elk in the neighborhood - 2-3-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868652 We have a variety of parks and undeveloped land close to our neighborhood. As a result, wildlife feels safe hanging out practically in town. These elk are frequent visitors! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010210612.jpg"> <BR> John F. Russell said they DID take notice of a passing dog and photographer this time! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:36:03 EST Sun Dogs - 2-2-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868066 I'm not sure I'd ever seen sun dogs before I moved to Steamboat! They look like mini-rainbows and are caused by light interacting with ice crystals in the atmosphere. I was out early enough yesterday to see some, but Connie Johnson actually took the time to capture a photo of one by the More Barn. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836605757.jpg"> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:04:34 EST Yampa River thru Steamboat Springs - 2-1-15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867340 The 250-mile-long Yampa River begins about 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs and flows directly through town before making a turn to the west and (ultimately) the Colorado River. This time of year you can often find ice from each bank straining to meet in the middle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1166701229.jpg"> <BR> The Yampa through town usually stays open for hardy fly-fishermen due to the hot springs that dump into it at a couple different locations. Camb... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:02:46 EST