Editor’s Note: The Vail Daily has launched a weekly children’s section filled with games, toys and activities to keep young and old alike during their forties. If you have an idea for the section or would like to get involved, email Casey Russell, Entertainment Editor-in-Chief, at [email protected]
Game of the week
Inside or outside: Outside, in a large space.
Rules: Give everyone a number (1-regardless of the number of players). Have a leader throw a ball in the air and say one of the numbers. That person has to retrieve the ball, and everyone runs the other way, once the person retrieves the ball and says “spud” nobody can move (including the person whose number was called) then, without moving, the person throws the ball at someone, if he touches them they have the first letter, S. They can try to dodge the ball by leaning or leaning, but they cannot raise their feet.
The ball can hit more than one person per turn. Repeat the whole process. If you’re hit again, you’ve got SP, then SPU, then SPUD and you’re out.
Game of the week is submitted by Mountain Recreation. Visit mountainrec.org for more information.
Word of the week
Learn new words in English and Spanish every week.
canyon / canyon
Toy of the week
Chalk obstacle course
Ideal for ages: All ages
Or buy: Take your chalk out of storage or buy it at your nearest store
Children love a challenge. The ones who bring them out are even better. Take your chalk and draw an obstacle course. Kids can jump, jump, crab, and turn across. There are a lot of ideas online if you Google “chalk obstacle course”. You can even throw a hoop for a little more fun.
The toy of the week is brought to you by Wishes Toy Store in Avon. Contact the store at 970-845-0456 or visit wishkids.com.
Learn about the history of Eagle County with tales of the local ranches.
The 1,017-acre Colorado River Ranch, located in Gypsum along the Colorado River, has a long history in Eagle County.
Sam Doll arrived in Leadville in 1870. His brother Frank joined him in 1885 and they jointly purchased the ranch in 1923. They named it The Grand River Ranch, after the original name of the Colorado River. . Herman and Alice Schultz bought the western part of the ranch, Willow Creek, and ran a sawmill where they raised their ten children.
A one-bedroom school was built on the property in 1916, attended by local children until 1945. It is still on the property today. Life was not easy for the early ranchers in this area and even getting to nearby Gypsum was difficult due to the Colorado River crossing and mountain roads. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad completed the missing link between Sweetwater and Dotsero in the mid-1940s and the ranch’s cattle, sheep and lumber operations were transported to markets. The heirs of the family sold the ranch to William Stevens in 1964.
Bill and Neva Nottingham bought the ranch, running a beef farm while making many improvements to the property after selling their Avon ranches to Vail Associates. The current owners purchased the ranch from Cordillera in 2014. Today, the Colorado River Ranch reflects a blend of contemporary and Western heritage. Horses and cattle roam the ranch, and across the river, a nest of bald eagles feeds new eaglets.
Currently operating as a cattle and hay operation, the ranch specializes in Wagyu cattle, a Japanese specialty breed known for its grass-fed beef. In the summer, cattle graze at Wolcott to allow hay operations. The entire 1,017 acres is under a conservation easement ensuring that the ranch cannot be developed and will remain a working ranch operation. The current owner remains loyal to preserving the deep history of the ranch’s agricultural roots in Eagle County.
Time Travel is presented by the Vail Valley Art Guild Ranch Project, which chronicles local history through art. Learn more about vailvalleyartguild.org.
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