It’s been a very busy couple of months since our last update. September and October were packed with a lot of activities, special events and projects. We were also very busy with our High School Soccer season. Our sons Josh and Zach have been playing soccer for the Questa High School Wildcats since 7th and 8th grades and this year was the last they will play together in High School. Josh is a senior this year so it was a bitter-sweet year for us. We will miss watching the Waltz brothers play together.
Zach led the team with 7 goals this year and will have 1 more year left to play next year for his Senior year. I’m sure next season will be just as busy. We have enjoyed a little break from Soccer before the ski season starts, and were able to fit a couple short trips in as well. We made a quick weekend trip to Phoenix for a family reunion for Tawnya’s Dad’s side of the family, the first they have had, so it was nice to get away, meet and spend time with family, and soak up some warm weather before heading back to the snow and cold (it actually snowed the day we travelled back).
So for a quick recap, September was a very busy month Labor Day Weekend, the Century Bike tour, and Aspencade were all great events again this year. Our September business has continued to grow as more people are opting for less crowds, while still enjoying all that Red River has to offer, and great weather as well. So if you are a family without children, have younger children, home-school family, or just want to take your children out of school for the week, September is the perfect time of year for a late summer or early fall vacation. In addition to all those activities we were also able to work on a much needed electrical project for the river cabins. We added a new transformer and meters to supply those cabins and for some future expansion as well. It’s always hard to find a good time to dig and work on projects on a scale of this nature and a lot of times we are at the mercy of the weather and our contractors so we appreciate everyone who endured our construction, we tried to make it as painless as possible.
Our October has been very busy again this year. October is still a great time to come to Red River. Oktoberfest was a big success again as well. We had a huge amount of vendors in the park and in the conference center with everything from beer and wine and local distilled spirits to food and crafts. Oktoberfest is starting to become one of most popular events of the year. The fall foliage, while not as spectacular as some years, was still very beautiful. A lot of yellows and gold this year and quite a bit of green too as our weather was very warm for the most part during October. October also brought our first snowfalls of the year with a couple snow storms providing a few inches each time. As with September there is still plenty to do, depending on the weather, or a chance to relax and unwind, take a drive around the Enchanted Circle and watch as things start to wind down for the fall season.
We had a very unique opportunity for our town this November. Carson National Forest was chosen as the forest that would provide
The People’s Tree for the capitol building in Washington D.C. There were several trees that met the criteria around the area and 12 finalists were chosen, but the winner came from our backyard in little Red River right across from the Young’s Ranch subdivision. It was truly a great honor for our town to host all the festivities along with the Village of Questa and the Questa Ranger Station. It was quite an affair, even Governor Grisham braved the cold and joined us for the opening remarks and the harvesting ceremony. The tree is now making its trek across the country stopping at several points along the way, you can follow its progress at www.capitoltreetracker.com
Now that we are entering the “off-season” (we have been almost full or full for the first two weekends of November) we are finally getting a chance to catch up on some fall cleaning and maintenance projects, and trying to get everything ready for winter. Now we are almost halfway through November with The Holiday season quickly approaching. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and Christmas and the New Year shortly thereafter. The Red River Ski Area will be opening the Wednesday of Thanksgiving Week, with at least some terrain and lifts open, hopefully we will get some more snow between now and then. The weather has been nice for catching up on everything but now we are almost done with our last fall projects and ready for some snow! We wish each and every one of you a wonderful Holiday season and hope that wherever you spend your Holidays you are surrounded by great friends and family! Try not to eat too much!
Come join us this winter and go skiing with us, we would love to see you. And for those who haven’t ventured up to Red River in the Winter, make this your year. There is something very majestic and peaceful seeing our little town under a nice blanket of snow. See you Soon!