Where: it’s a secret, but not for long. Read on!
Everyone is familiar with the concept of a surprise ending, where the twists and turns of the story lead you to assume one outcome, and then you get another one entirely. This week on Holding Intentional Space, I give you the new concept of the surprise beginning. See, this year, for a complete change of pace, we have just started work at Three Rivers Resort in Almont, CO! We expected to start in May, but this area had a mild winter that has morphed into an early spring. I checked with the resort a couple weeks ago to see when we might expect to start, and the answer was “ASAP”. We cut our New Mexico plans short and headed north.
Because we like to work in the summers and over the holidays, and then take the spring off, there’s a lot of the US that has been unavailable to us–technically, we *can* handle freezing temperatures, to a point, but it’s not my idea of a good time in an RV. So, we’ve driven through the high points of Colorado, but we’ve never spent any time in the state. And while my heart will always belong to the Eastern Sierra, but I couldn’t help but notice how much everyone raves about the Colorado Rockies. I did a lot of searching this winter, and came across a family owned resort in the Gunnison National Forest, with cabins, a cafe, fly fishing shop, and rafting tours. Three Rivers Resort had great reviews online, and I was so impressed when I called to ask some questions about employment and heard lots of awesome things. We get cell service here, and a full hook up RV site. Plus, we’re allowed to take free rafting trips on our days off when there’s open seats! The fact that it’s in the epicenter of all thing mountain really clinched the deal.
We’re working in housekeeping, which allowed us to start earlier and work later in the season. The resort has !67! rental cabins, ranging from small hotel style rooms, to one and two bedroom houses, up to a giant 5 bedroom beast. The resort keeps a couple cabins open year round, but the main season is the summer. Right now, we’re doing spring cleaning, with every single cabin surface getting a shine before they start getting rented again. A two bedroom cabin takes a 3 person crew about a day and a half to spring clean, which means we’ll be at it for a while!
Small one bedroom plus loft:
Two story, two and three bedrooms:
The 5 bedroom, 4 bath beauty that is just being built:
Cabins line both sides of the road:
The hamlet of Almont is pretty tiny, with Three Rivers and the Almont Resort making up the bulk of it, along with about 30 private homes. The East River and the Taylor River join here, forming the Gunnison River that flows south. Ten miles south is the small college town of Gunnison, with most everything you need, provided you only need things from small town hardware stores and Wal-Mart. (And can I tell you how excited I was to learn that the City Market grocery is owned by Kroger, an Ohio grocery. They stock Graeter’s ice cream, my hometown favorite!!) Eighteen miles north is the skiing town of Crested Butte, with swanky boutiques and exotic restaurants. Almont is at 8000 feet, a high desert area of sagebrush and rocky canyons, but within an hour in every direction are mountains and wilderness and hiking galore.
Rocky cliffs line the canyons here:
The weather was a bit better at the beginning of April than it was in the last week. We had a couple days of snow, and one day that only got up to 34. Today was a wacky mix of seasons, in the 20s this morning, with ice everywhere, and then it was sunny and warm enough to lay out this afternoon. As much as I want to get out in the high country, most forest service roads aren’t opened until the end of May, and we may not be able to hike high until June, after the snow melts.
We’ve been doing a little driving to explore the area, and although we can’t get out for hiking, the views into the high peaks are amazing. We’ve also been doing the basics like getting library cards and learning the lay of the land. We even found an area where we can go rock climbing with little Soupy. Landscape photos (and excessive cat photos) will be featured next week!