A Horse Cart Tour of Clark Family Orchards Slide Show

Agritourism is very popular in Europe and is gaining a following in the United States. Tours and activities provide a fascinating glimpse into the vital and complex art of farming.

The next time you visit the Grand Valley, Colorado, be sure to include a Saturday morning. During the summer (July 19-August 29 in 2009), Clark Family Orchards offers a free, informative and entertaining tour. A horse-drawn tram leaves the family fruit stand (3929 US Highway 6 & 24) at 9 AM and 10 AM on Saturdays only.

Railfest

On Sunday, Alden and I drove up to Silverton to attend Railfest, an annual celebration of steam railroading on the Durango and Silverton Railroad.

It was a glorious day, as this picture attests. The usual afternoon showers stayed away.

There is nothing like the thrill of watching a steam locomotive pull into town. The puffing, rattling machine engages almost every sense. It even shakes the ground!

Seeing Success at the Scribbler’s Retreat

I wrote this post before my visit to the Scribbler’s Retreat Writer’s Conference. Click here for an update with pictures of my trip and a copy of my handout.

This Friday I will be speaking at a conference for writers at the Sea Palms Resort on historic St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Through a series of written and shared exercises, I will help participants
+ visualize their finished work in magazines or bookstores
+ feel the satisfaction of achieving their goals
+ create plans to bring their projects to fruition.

Palisade Peaches

Palisade Peaches by bluerabbit
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Today, Alden and I drove out to pick up our 1/4 share at the CSA in Palisade.

We were going to take the tour at Clark Orchards. They have a cart pulled by two gorgeous gray mules. (Rides are offered each Saturday at 9 AM and 10 AM)

We were a few minutes late, though, so we will have try again in a couple of weeks. (Next weekend I will be speaking at the Scribblers Retreat Writers Conference.)

The peaches are rosy and ripe in the orchards. They are ready for the renowned Palisade Peach Festival next weekend.

We are not waiting. We will enjoy their unique tangy juiciness for dessert tonight. YUM!

By the way, if you visit Palisade and pick up a flat of peaches, you might want to try this delicious recipe for peach sorbet, this one for a super peach smoothie, or this one for a prize-winning peach pie recipe.