Awesome Autumn

My husband and I hiked in the National Forest this past weekend to see the fall colors.  What an awesome day!  The weather was warm and the sun shined through the aspen leaves for a spectacular yellow against the blue sky!  There is not as much orange and red as there was last year due to the lack of water.  The dry, hot summer has stressed the trees and they are loosing their leaves faster.  The breeze we felt later in the afternoon carried many of the leaves to the ground.  I have posted a few of my pictures on the Autumn page under the Photo Gallery menu option.  You can click on the picture to view a larger image.

October 2012 Association Meeting

The Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Regular reports will be given along with final plans for the annual Pie and Dessert Party to be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 28th.  Property improvements for the corral and pond areas will also be discussed.

Call Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768 for information about the Association.

Animal Sounds – Which ones have you heard?

It is so wonderful to be in the mountains and away from the big cities!  The stars are brighter, the air is fresher, the sounds are softer, the fall trees have more color, and the wildlife is more abundant!  Neighbors have recently seen moose grazing by the pond, deer browsing on a bush, a coyote running across the driveway, and a fox looking for rodents.  Sometimes we may only see the evidence wildlife has left behind.  Such as a garage door broken by a bear, a trash can knocked over or a humming bird feeder pulled down by either a bear or raccoon.  Sometimes the evidence may only be paw prints.  We have seen raccoon paw prints on our deck after playing in our plastic swimming pool.  Sometimes we may only hear the sounds of wildlife.  In Denver I have heard the mating sounds of raccoons and it sounds just like house cats fighting!  Many of our neighbors have heard what they say sounds like a woman screaming.  During our last monthly Association Meeting there was a discussion about whether or not those screams from under the deck were either a mountain lion or a fox.  After much research on the internet I am happy to say it is more likely to be a fox and not a mountain lion.  A rabbit will also give a frightening scream when injured.  Below are pictures of animals that live in our area.  If you move your mouse over the picture, the name of the website where I found the picture will appear.  If you click on the picture you will link to a .wav file, or sound bit stream, of that animal.  Your computer will need to have speakers and audio software installed such as Windows Media Player in order to open and hear a .wav file.  I encourage you to look for more wildlife sounds on the internet and if you find one that sounds like something you have heard in our neighborhood, please send the link to me at CUNColorado@aol.com, and I will add it to our blog!

Fox                                                                             Coyote

                                 

Mountain Lion                                                          Bobcat

    

Deer                                                                            Moose

    

Elk                                                                               Black Bear

    

Raccoon

More help needed to clean up pile of slash

There is still a huge pile of slash by the pond from cleaning along the Church Fork Creek that needs to be chipped.  We are looking into using a larger chipper along with the smaller one we used in July.  Additional help will be needed to complete this task!

 Look for more information to be posted as soon as we have a date and time!

THANKS IN ADVANCE!  Ken Perdew, 303-838-7768, kbperdew@q.com

“Shout Out” to Park County Road and Bridge

As residents of Elk Creek Highlands and members of the POA, my husband and I would like to give a HUGE shout out to Park County Road and Bridge.  As many of you know, the roads in our neighborhood have not been a priority in years past.  Even the chip and seal several years ago was done with minimal effort, in our opinion.  The road and bridge dept. is currently under new management and it shows.  The crew is not only knowledgeable, but efficient and considerate.  My husband had several phone conversations with the new manager, who was happy to take time out of his schedule to speak with my husband about the upcoming work and progress.  It was our impression, after speaking with him, that our neighborhood and others along 43 are on the radar.  It is the goal of Road & Bridge to spend some time and money back here so that the potholes, irrigation and runoff of roads is taken care of properly as prevention for future issues.  We appreciate the hard work and effort of the crew, as we know the resources are limited.

Hats off to the men and women of Park County Road and Bridge!

From Happy Residents of Elk Creek Highlands

Fall is in the air!

With the cooler weather, the aspen are beginning to change!  This picture was taken by David Lutter on Wednesday, September 5th, looking west from the pond.  He said it was 31 degrees that morning when he took this shot!  The colors will be awesome during the next few weeks!  Please send me your pictures to post on our blog at CUNColorado@aol.com.