Our Third Annual Amazing and Fantastic Irish-American Christmas Tree Expedition will be on Saturday, December 7 in the heart-stoppingly beautiful Buffalo Creek National Forest area.
We hope you and your family can join us for a joyous and very full afternoon of pot luck tailgating, photo ops with Smokey the Bear, sledding, and tromping through the forest for a Charlie Brown style Christmas tree. To cap it all off, we will visit the legendary Bucksnort Saloon in Sphinx Park--the most magical of Colorado mountain pubs.
The plan is to meet at 11:30 at the tailgating site--and if you stay on through the Bucksnort festivities, you and your family may expect to get home by late afternoon or early evening.
It will be a long but fabulous day. With all the running around we do over the holidays, this is a WONDERFUL opportunity to leave the madness behind and take one very memorable day to enjoy the season with friends and family. And even if you don't need or want a tree, please consider coming along to enjoy the scenery and bon homie.
We have a modest number of tree permits for our IN-Colorado members and are offering these on a first come, first served basis. Please click registration button to the left if you are interested in purchasing a $10 permit.
Even if you are not planning to cut down a tree, we'd be grateful if you'd rsvp through the "Attending" registration if you're planning to come along for the adventure and tailgating, just so we know about how many to expect.
And by the way, a Christmas tree obtained from the National Forest Service is environmentally correct. Their Christmas tree program contributes to forest fire and beetle kill mitigation--and the trees are so fresh, they last straight through New Year's day without losing needles.
Lots more details to follow, but for now, please let us know if you'd like a permit and/or if you're planning to join us.
Questions: Maura Clare 303.884.7091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are details:
We can meet at the tailgating area in Buffalo Creek Saturday, December 7 at 11:30 a.m. BIG FUN!
Please-please-please do come even if you don't want to cut down a tree (no charge!). It's going to be a terrific day, guaranteed!
Here are directions to the Buffalo Creek cutting area from Denver. You can also mapquest Denver to Buffalo Creek, if you like.
From C-470 take Highway 285 South toward Fairplay (21 miles). At Pine Junction (there will be a traffic light) take a left onto CR-126 (S. Pine Valley Road). Continue to follow CR-126 for about 10 miles to Buffalo Creek.
You will probably be stopped by Forest Service rangers as you enter the cutting area. They may ask you for your tree cutting permit. Just let them know that your friend is holding it for you at the picnic area--or you can explain you're just attending a tailgate and won't be getting a tree. You can ask to be directed to the picnic area where Smokey the Bear (dead serious about this) is doing his meet and greet. Just ask for Smokey and/or look for the sign for Smokey up on the right after the interrogation spot and pull in to that picnic area. Follow that little loop around the picnic area, and you'll see us.
Maura Clare 303.884.7091
Seamus Blaney 303.883.4995
U.S. Forest Service Morrison Office 303.275.5162
INFO ON TREE CUTTING
Cutting info will also be printed out with the permits we'll have for you. No chain saws! These are barely more than twigs we're cutting down.
STUFF TO BRING
Things you might bring if you are able to (not to worry if a hassle):
--handsaw (even if not cutting a tree...we'd like to borrow yours if you have one!)
--tarp-twine-scissors (if you are cutting a tree)
--little sleds--if there's supposed to be any snow up there by Saturday
--sunscreen (probably more appropriate than sleds)
--**thermos(es) of hot apple cider** This would be especially appreciated--could all use your help in making sure we have enough hot cider!
--if you feel like it, something to share would be nice (raw veggies, cookies, chips...); easy store-bought is FINE!
--if you feel like sitting down and enjoying the surrounding, bring deck chairs.
There will be sandwiches and brandy for the cider. Oh, and anyone can just have cider, of course. :)
AFTER THE TAILGATING
We'll pose for photos with Smokey, scout for trees, tie them to our roofs and--yes, the best part--hit the Legendary Bucksnort Saloon in the World Famous Sphinx Park!!
This will be a long day, but with all the running around we do at this time of year, it is WONDERFUL to leave the madness behind and take this one day just to enjoy the season!