Monday, August 22, 2011

Big Rigs Plus

Sunshine Christian School hosted a Big Rigs Plus, an event that invited area businesses and services to bring their "Big Rigs" and show them to kids while explaining what they do for our community.  The event was held Friday, August 19 at the school.  Fifteen businesses along with four services and 6 education fund raising booths participated. 

The Alamosa Police Department brought four vehicles including a cruiser, SWAT armored vehicle, Crime Scene Investigation van, and Animal Control truck.  The Alamosa Ambulance brought their vehicle, and the Alamosa Fire Department brought their Type 1 truck. Sand Dunes National Park brought their Ranger Truck.  Southway Construction brought a mixer truck and a large gravel truck.  VanIwaarden Builders brought a platform fork lift, Mr. Mateo brought his potato truck, Starlight trucking provided a semi and trailer, John Deer showed a new tractor, and Asphalt construction brought a road grater. The Bridge Assisted Living showed their transport van and Joel Fleming displayed his GT Roadster. Finally the Rio Grande Railroad brought their truck with a generator that allows kids to blow a genuine train horn.  Very loud and very cool.

Services were represented as well.  MOPS, Foster Care Alliance, SLV Prevention Coalition, and Community Gardens set up booths with interactive activities for kids.  Sunshine Christian School and Parent Scholarship Fund sold baked goods, snow cones, animal balloons,  and did face painting  while Pathfinders/Campion Tuition sold delicious Taco Dinners.

Fun was from 10am to 2pm giving attendees time to sit in vehicles, honk horns and run sirens, ride the fork lift or wheelchair lift while Jim Moon sang and played songs especially written or picked for this program. There was a sign up booth to win toy "Big Rigs" and Big Rig Hats donated by Big R, Starlight Trucking, SLV Prevention Coalition, and Sports Print Plus. A steady stream of Big Rig lovers including PALS kids enjoyed the day and are looking forward to doing it again next year with even more Big Rigs. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Riding the Concert Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Today we were able to experience an awesome day with family riding the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad's Concert train to the top of Fir Colorado.  There in the middle of the mountains is a place made for concerts, great Bar-b-Que, and beautiful scenery.  The train leaves from the town of La Vita, or from Alamosa.  Alamosa has a wonderful steam engine that pulls four coach cars up the mountain tracks through spectacular wilderness.  One can see wildlife, numerous birds, trees, meadows, and streams flowing lazily through the countryside.

You can bring a picnic lunch, buy snacks and drinks (including adult beverages) on the train.  At the top there is a wonderful Bar-b-Que catered by the Whistle Stop Cafe in La Vita.  It is gourmet and worth the $12 per place which includes awesome flavored pinto beans, tangy potato salad, and a fresh green salad with asparagus and avocados.  The meat is pork and brisket with a sweet smokey sauce that is to die for. There is also a cash bar next to the concert stage with fine beer and wines along with CDs and souvenirs.

Kids have a great time too.  There are horseshoe pits and a box with balls, bats, and Frisbees.  There is seating on logs or you can bring your own folding chairs.  Clean bathrooms are available as well.

The music was great.  Several artists played and the featured band was South by Southwest, a country band with a mellow sound you could listen to all day.

Sebby looking out the window.
As it is monsoon season we were afraid it might rain, but the storms blew around us and we had a nice breeze and sun most of the time.  The bugs were minimal, though sunscreen and bug repellent are good to have on hand just in case.

Fir also boasts that it runs things up their with wind and solar power.  Pretty cool for how high it is.

Casey, Sue, and Davy
All in all it was a very relaxing day.  We happened to get our tickets for free!  It was Valley Resident appreciation and RGSR came to the Big Rigs Plus event we had for Sunshine Christian School.  Ryan, one of the employees of RGSR events in Alamosa brought tickets for us.  Awesome chance to get to do something fun for the family after putting so much effort into the Big Rigs Event.
Sue and Don

Greg and Denice

Concert by South by Southwest Country Band.
Bar-b-Que Shack on right. Concert site down hill on left.
Picnicing at the Concert Site in Fir.
South by Southwest Country Band