Although Sunday, Sept. 23 was more spectacular, "Color Sunday" (Sept. 30) turned out to be near perfect, as Grand Valley District Ranger Bill Edwards presented nine-year-old Jennifer Stuckenschneider and her parents, Tricia and Jack Stuckenschneider, with a certificate for a free overnight stay in the "Moose Manor" cabin on the Grand Mesa as part of the fifth annual Outdoor Heritage Day.
This is the third year that the Forest Service has offered families a chance to win a free one-night stay in a National Forest cabin within the Grand Mesa National Forest as part of "Outdoor Heritage Day."
The "Moose Manor" cabin is located on the north side of the Grand Mesa National Forest, just off Colorado State Highway 65, within the Mesa Lakes Recreation Area. The cabin, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s, sits in an aspen and spruce/fir tree forest at an elevation of 9,500. Only families with children under the age of 18 are eligible to participate.
Outdoor Heritage Day is a joint effort of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the USFS, the Colorado Mule Deer Association (CMDA) and others to get families with children to actively participate in a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, ATV/motorcycle riding, bicycle riding, family picnic or driving the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway.
According to Brenda Winfrey (USFS Visitor Information Service), in order to participate in this year's program, each family had to complete two activities on the Grand Mesa National Forest. The 22 families participating in this year's program were then given stickers as proof for each activity completed and the youth were asked to write an essay summarizing their experiences. The winners were then selected through a random draw.
For their activities, the Stuckenschneiders hiked the scenic trail around Mesa Lakes and then went fishing. Writing about their experiences, Jennifer wrote, "Mesa Lakes is an amazing place for little girls! The first thing I do is jump out of the car and run to the path. The air smells like fresh pine trees with rain-soaked soil."
Jennifer also noted that that during the hike she looks for fairies and that the only sounds she hears is "the rustling of leaves and the footsteps of chipmunks mixed with mine."
When asked, Jennifer said she also plans on participating in next year's program.
For more information call USFS Visitor Information Office, Brenda Winfrey, at 242-8211.blog comments powered by Disqus