Your Town, March 16, 2014

It was a gorgeous day for a hike — first one of the season — and I was eager to hit the trail.

The boys, my new daughter-in-law and I had made plans to hike Liberty Cap last Sunday afternoon and I laid out my hiking layers the night before. Temperatures were predicted to be around 60 degrees, so the trek up the winding trail would be warm. However, it would be cooler near the iconic rock formation and during the descent.

Now, where are my hiking shoes? I got on all fours, searching for my beloved hiking/biking shoes, which — like the well-fed bears during winter — had been hibernating in the dark depths of the walk-in closet.

Whoa! What happened to my shoes?

They looked more like gluttonous pigs that had wallowed in the mud, than slumbering bears, holed up in a cozy cave. My shoes were crusted in various layers and shades of dirt and the shoelaces were dotted with stickers that had latched on for the ride. A splotch had formed on top of the left shoe — probably the victim of a leaky camelback — a layer of grime, accentuating the outline. 

The shoes are in excellent condition — the tread still grips, the fabric still breathes — but maybe too many outdoor frolics have caught up with them. I conceded: It was time to throw them in the wash. But, like the winning baseball player who refuses to wash his lucky jersey, I am hesitant to wash away the essence of all the places my faithful shoes have taken me.

These hearty soles have ventured from the fine red dirt of Utah’s canyonlands to tacky, high-country aspen groves after a rainstorm. They’ve taken me vortex hunting on Sedona’s red rocks and to the hollowed ground of an Alaskan cemetery. Mount Garfield, Crag Crest, Kokopelli trails — 10 years of romping is starting to show.

I’ve left footprints in many places, and each minute speck of sand that clings is like a journal entry, detailing my ongoing journey. And, there are many more places these soles are eager to tread.

But they’re so yucky.

Well, I don’t have time to wash them this weekend — we’re off to explore Escalante Canyon — full of rich heritage and culture.

Sigh ... maybe I’ll wash them next year.

A local P.E.O. Chapter will host an interactive program, with international expert Julia Brennan, on saving your textile treasures.

The event is from 1:30–3:30 p.m. March 29 at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. According to the bio at caringfortextiles.com, Brennan has worked in the field of textile conservation since 1985 and founded Caring For Textiles, based in Washington, D.C., in 1996.

Not only does Brennan provide a full range of textile conservation, she frequently lectures and is “passionately committed to conservation outreach and the protection of cultural property,” the bio said.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Call 241-7922 for tickets and more information or visit the website to learn more.

The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its annual card party from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.

Cost is $8 and there will be a light lunch and door prizes. Take your own cards or board games — and friends — for a fun afternoon. Proceeds will help fund the awards and scholarships.

Call 245-2645 for information and tickets.

This month’s Oral History Program will feature “History From a Tin Can — Labels, Leadville and Lore,” presented by Douglas Rhodes, at noon Thursday at Whitman Education Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Rhodes’ program focuses on a collection of early tin cans he discovered in his 115-year-old home in Leadville. The tin cans were in pristine condition and had the beautifully colored and illustrated labels intact. The tin cans were highlighted on “Antique Road Show” and Rhodes has written a book about the discovery and the early history of canneries in Colorado.

Call 242-0971 for more information.

RSVP will host its annual volunteer recognition event on Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The Breakfast for Champions honors the volunteers who are 55 or older. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. Hundreds of active, registered RSVP volunteers are expected to gather together to enjoy entertainment, great food and loads of fun.

Volunteers can attend the breakfast at no charge. Reservations are mandatory. Call RSVP at 243-9839 for more information.

Historian and archaeologist Jon Horn, of Alpine Archaeology Consultants, will present new information on the north branch of the Old Spanish Trail at the annual meeting of the Interpretive Association of Western Colorado on Thursday, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, in Delta.

The meeting and educational program is open to the public.

As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Project, Alpine documented 69 miles of the Old Spanish Trail route in Colorado and 204 miles in Utah. The lecture will focus on evidence found in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m.

Call Chris Miller at 640-7076 for more information.

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