Why do we call this wonderful time of year Indian Summer? There are many theories, “Indian Giver” is one of the better known sources for this term.
Indian Summer refers to very unseasonable warm and dry weather in late Autumn. There is usually a cold spell with frost preceding this most pleasurable time of year, which lures many into pondering what Winters blustery days might bring! Instead, much to our satisfaction, Indian Summer creeps in, giving us one last opportunity to savor the fading impressions of Summer…Never quite knowing if this magical time will be snatched away in an instant, much like the reputation of an Indian Giver!
Indian Summer here in the Vail Valley usually continues into mid-November, which means there’s still plenty of time left to get out there and take in the beauty that surrounds us!
Eagle County‘s first Trophy Home dates back 6,000 years! Built buy nomadic Native Americans, the historical, well preserved Yarmony Pit House was in use through the 1800’s. Native American’s nestled at this site during the long Colorado winters, using this habitation for hunting grounds for thousands of years! They gathered here prior to the Anasazi Indians creating Colorado’s Mesa Verde and well before the Great Pyramids of Egypt or Stonehenge were erected!
First unearthed in 1987 near State Bridge, the Yarmony Pit House is one of Colorado‘s oldest archaeological sites. Discovered accidentally during a routine road improvement project, Yarmony Pit House soon changed the previously held perception as to how far north Native Americans wintered.
Over 4,000 unscathed artifacts were unearthed during the excavation headed by Michael D. Metcalf. To preserve the Yaromony site, archaeologist’s have back-filled the area with sand. This not only preserves the integrity of the pit houses, but will also allow future archaeologist’s to re-explore this area without further contamination or erosion to the site. Metcalf would like to expand the survey to include more of Colorado’s River valleys with the intent of discovering more Native American Pit Houses, which will in turn fill in some of the gaps in our Colorful Colorado history!
This Saturday, June 4th Alpine Arts Center is offering a Cocktails & Canvas class at 6:30!
This Saturday’s guided class will feature acrylic painting of a Mountain Lake. All painting supplies are provided by Alpine Art Center, Beer, Wine and Snacks are available for purchase at the Bar all evening. Relax and explore your creative side with a few friends or meet a few new ones!! Cheers!
What a breathtaking way to spend your morning!! Capture pristine views of the Vail Valley that will excel beyond your imagination! Flights begin in Gypsum just after sunrise and can last up to 3 1/2 hours. All flights are dependent on favorable weather. Contact Camelot Balloons, Inc. For more information and reservations.
This past weekend our Front Range Friends were enticed to take part in a beautiful Lantern Festival in Dacono on Saturday and Sunday nights! Live music provided amazing aviance and serenity as the glowing lanterns floated weightlessly…into the night sky! Lanterns are released for good fortune, hopes and dreams, but they can also provide a release of burdens, fear and regret.
On May 20th, there will be two venues hosting Lanternfest in Colorado, one in Colorado Springs and the other in Pueblo. This should be a spectacular sight, stay tuned for more information!