Evergreen Colorado

We expected to see mountains when we crossed the Colorado state border. We didn’t see any, just farmland and ranches, along with small farming villages and towns.

Then the mountains appeared in the distance, the closer we got to them, the surrounding country around us seem to get smaller. I felt small. That’s what mountains will do to you.

Going to Evergreen from Denver there is no doubt your are driving up a mountain. The road is steep. They had a lane, for trucks with brake problems, coming down the mountain that led to crash barrels. My thought, those lanes would be there unless there had been a lot of trucks burning their brakes out on the way down. We turned off the main highway onto a two lane road to Evergreen. It was steep as the four lane road, but it did not have a crash lane.

Our friends gave us warm hugs and happiness that we were there. The company of friends felt good, in our travels everyone we met was a stranger. Some kind and nice, but with out any common connection except for that moment.

Living in the mountains is different, the sights you see out of your window, forests, not trees planted for some man made view out of the window. You share space with wild animals. They were there first. In early spring hundreds of elk descend down to residents homes where they feed unbothered by their human neighbors. Two risks associated with living in Evergreen our friends told us, the occasional mountain lion and driving, which can be quite a scary activity on roads cut into the side of the mountain.

They were building a new house next to our friend’s house. I sat at the dinning room table and watched them drill holes into the hard rock. Then I realized they were stuffing dynamite sticks into the holes. The blast was controlled, but it sure brought down a lot of rocks to carve out space for the house. Made me nervous, so many holes of dynamite, next door.

Colorado has it all, mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. Evergreen Lake, sits above downtown Evergreen. The town is a mix of historic buildings and local businesses, and including the well-known Little Bear Saloon, an old western saloon. You walk through winging saloon doors to brass registers, carved bars, wooden bar stools, and eat a Rocky Mountain Natural Meats’ bison burgers. Formerly a church and a drugstore it has been called Colorado’s rowdiest mountain bar. I was surprised at the number of big name country singers that played there, in fact, country star Willie Nelson owned a ranch in Evergreen.

I was told, Evergreen had as many sunny days as some of the cities in Florida. We met people who went skiing in short sleeves and shorts in the middle of winter.

Another well known place was the historic Colorado Bucksnort Saloon, located in scenic Sphinx Park, Colorado not far from Arapaho National Forest, where there was world class hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, hunting and kayaking. At 7,040 feet in the Denver foothills, the Bucksnort is a real mountain bar. A fun place to relax by their wood stove, and enjoy their signature Antler Ale along with a half-pound Buck Burger while listening to live music on their deck overlooking scenic Elk Creek.

After a week with our friends, they asked us why not try to find work in Evergreen and stay there. Why not we thought. We were looking for some place new and different. Evergreen was that. So, we started looking for jobs.

J Publications, Inc. 2013