mountain biking vacation Tag

Mystery Bike

The other day I walked in on Steve building a bike for someone very special to the ranch. Just for fun, I took a picture and posted it on our Facebook page asking people to guess for whom this bike is being built. I have a pretty strong feeling no one would guess. And I was right…which for me is unusual. 🙂

The answer pretty well sums up Vista Verde and how we somehow find a way to combine the Old West with the New West. The Old West is cowboys and horses, cattle and campfires. The New West is mountain biking and rock climbing, elegantly prepared Bison and hot tubs under the stars. So, picture a weathered cowboy who spends his days on horseback when not shoeing horses. His hat could tells stories, but he’s also realizing that his body needs a way to stay fit without taking such a beating. The answer? Orval Bedell. Yep, you read it right. For those of you who haven’t met Orval, he’s been involved at the ranch longer than I’ve been alive. Orval grew up in the area, skiing down Seedhouse Road to go to school. He’s trained horses, led clinics at the ranch and put shoes on every one of our horses. This spring Orval watched Steve testing out one of his new mountain bikes and next thing I saw was Steve giving Orval a biking lesson. And this week Art the UPS driver delivered Orval’s new bike. Old West and New West…..there is such a thing as a combination. This might just be the best one I have ever seen to date. Happy Trails Orval! Are you ready for your mountain biking vacation?

Winter Contest Entry

W- With my new Fiancé
I- Ingredients of the pumkin cheesecake sound wonderful!
N- No two snowflakes are the same
T- Taste many wines and fine foods
E- Ease our way through tall trees on show shoes
R- Ride a horse in the Winter Horsemanship Program

Name: Kara Galvin
City: Centennial
State: Colorado

Steve’s Mountain Biking Adventure

Steve packed up the truck with bikes, grabbed guides Cliff and Brandon and a bunch of 8th graders from the North Routt Charter School to head to Moab last week. The trip was a graduation trip for the 8th graders, and the guides led the adventure. Camping in the desert, biking each day, and learning what it’s like to hang out with a bunch of 14 year olds made for some pretty great stories and memories for the kids, but maybe more for Steve and the guys. And it gave Steve, Cliff and Brandon a chance to get their bike legs warmed up so they are ready to ride with you this summer!
Are you ready for your mountain biking vacation? Or, are you more interested in the horses? Then you’ll enjoy meeting our newest ranch foal, born to Chex over the weekend. He’s a cutie! With Oakley (Emmy’s filly born a few weeks ago) and Ace, pictured here, we are now halfway through our foaling cycle. Still to come are Teletubby and Rachel, and we’re thinking we may get one more from Mary Jane. The vet checked her and said she wasn’t in foal, but she sure if gaining weight just like a momma-to-be is supposed to gain!

Surprising my fabulous wife

After years of self sacrifice in caring for me and three children, I’ve decided to treat my wife to a few days of luxurious pampering. Three years ago, I took my family on their first skiing experience and they all had a wonderful time; however, my wife frequently stayed behind with our infant at the time while the rest of us enjoyed the slopes. Since then, she has often said how much she wants to return without the kids in order to nurture our relationship. Because I first learned to ski at Steamboat as a young teenager, I’ve longed to return to that area for over 30 years. I’ve decided to pack for her and whisk her off for a few days so she can be the main focus of everyone who is in contact with her. Being a former beauty queen, she naturally attracts the attention of others, but a trip to Vista Verde will be just the right combination of superb attentiveness, romantic setting, and surrounding activities to make her feel like the elegant queen that she is. Not until her afternoon arrival, will she get a glimpse of what’s in store for her. As we arrive at the resort, she is escorted to the bar for a glass of champagne while I check in. Soon afterward she is shown to her room to freshen up for a romantic candlelit dinner prearranged by the chef, followed by a horse drawn sleigh ride through the night. A romantic evening concludes with a soak in the jacuzzi.
The next morning, we’re off to hit the slopes! Taking it easy the first day entails a morning snowmobile outing followed by a half day on the slopes. An evening skating rounds out the day’s activities before turning in to reflect on the days activities by the fireside.
Day three begins with breakfast in bed, followed by a couple of hours in the spa complete with a massage. The afternoon is spent on the skis again before another relaxing evening at the resort interacting with the new friends we’ve met.

Name: Mark
Company: White River Dental Center
City: Batesville
State: Arkansas