Your Town Lands End Sept. 27, 2009
It occurred to me last weekend during a drive up Lands End Road to the top of Grand Mesa that I had never had the privilege to travel that winding dirt road.
We probably could have made it to the top faster if I’d not made a point to take a picture of the scenery after every hair-pin curve. The leaves were just starting to change and the contrast of the boulder fields and waterfalls were a photographer’s dream.
Our bikes were in the back of the truck and our destination was the newly completed Flowing Park Trail, on top of the Grand Mesa.
When we arrived at the trailhead, we unloaded and set out on the 15-mile loop ride, up a gradual hill, across meadows, through aspen groves and pine forests and along the edge of the mesa.
The scenery was spectacular, the air was cool, and in spite of a little rain and hail, the ride was perfect — mostly flat, not too technical, and ever-changing.
I kept thinking to myself during the ride that we should thank the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association folks for undertaking such a project and inviting the public to use it.
So here goes (sorry it’s not written on fancy stationary — plain ’ol newsprint and ink is all I had).
Dear COPMOBA: Thank you, thank you, thank you.
P.S. And congratulations on your recent induction into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
You deserve it.
• Nic Korte, a geochemist and outdoor enthusiast, will speak on his misadventures and love of the Grand Canyon, at the Grand Valley Audubon meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.
Call 314-9071 for more information.
• The Thunder Mountain Camera Club will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.
The program will be by Sharon Bradshaw and Glen Bishard on the city of Petra. Dave Morison will share some 3-D images of New Zealand and Mike Brown will give a photography education program.
The club meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Call Kathleen at 242-8863, ext. 363 for more information
• Grand Valley Wood Carvers meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. and the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.
Beginners are welcome.
Call 523-8773, 257-1549 or 245-8817 for information.
• The 10th annual Gymkhana, sponsored by the Western Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, is Sept. 26, at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, at 25 and F 1/2 Roads.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. for participants in five age groups: ages 6 and under, 7-10, 11-13, 14-18 and 19 and older.
There are eight classes, most of which are timed events. Cost is $6 per class or $40 for all day.
Buckles and other awards will be given for top points.
Events get under way at 9 a.m. and admission for the public is free. Concessions will be available.
•The American Legion Post 37 is meeting again for the year.
Meetings are at noon, the fourth Thursday of the month September through April, at The Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court.
More information is available by calling Pat at 256-7950.
•Wendy Hoffman of Grand Junction is the national president of the Blue Star Mothers of America for the 2009-10 term.
Blue Star Mothers of America national officers lead 208 local chapters representing more than 7,000 members whose activities support the troops, encourage their families and provide for veterans while promoting patriotism and standing strong for America.