Scott Bideau

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Goodbye Steamboat

“Came for the winters, stayed for the summers.” A common saying amongst Steamboat Springs residents. Many credit the “Yampa Valley Curse” from a Ute Indian leader who swore nobody could leave once they moved in. Ironically, our family is now leaving because of the winters.
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Tales of the Trail

And on the 8th day, God covered Steamboat in single track. Actually, the hundreds of miles in bike trails that we now enjoy in Bike Town USA comes from decades of planning, building, and maintenance – mostly by volunteers. Two people who have invested more than most in that process are Marc and Gretchen Sehler. I ran into them on the trail this week and learned a lot about our local biking history.

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Bike Town USA Ambassadors

This summer I’m joining a group of 12 other volunteers in the inaugural class of Bike Town USA Ambassadors, a program that puts experienced local cyclists on area trails to answer any questions riders might have.  Having completed my first official ride today, I am thrilled at the impact this program is sure to have.

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We Make a Life by What We Give

Winston Churchill once said that “we make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” This idea was top of mind as I visited the Gates Foundation and pondered the magnitude of how Bill and Melinda are turning what they “got” into what they now “give.” When I posted this picture to  Twitter, I pledged to donate 100% of my income from the project to charities in my local community who have similar missions to that of the Gates Foundation. With the contracts now signed – I am excited to announce where that money is going.

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Help Portrait Steamboat 2016

I just returned from a 12-hour day at Help Portrait Steamboat. This year was our largest ever, serving over 110 people in a single day with free hair and makeup, a professional portrait session, and sending them all home with a framed print.  We also had a special visitor – Santa!

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Gardner Park Camping

Nestled in the far-east side of the Flat Tops Wilderness area up a rarely used backcountry road is Gardner Park Reservoir. There are a few dispersed camping spots close to the lake, which is now being regularly stocked with trout, and a vault toilet is nearby. As the photo above shows, the area is quite beautiful.

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Sheriff Reservoir Camping

Sheriff Reservoir in the northeast corner of the Flat Tops Wilderness is one of our favorite camping spots. It’s also one of the few areas where we will stay in an official “campground” since there are a limited number spots in a small loop very close to the lake. This makes launching a small boat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard quite convenient.

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McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs

We just got back from a Memorial Day camping trip near the petroglyphs of McConkie Ranch in Utah – a pretty cool area that the kids really enjoyed.

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Arches National Park Camping

After several nights at Dead Horse Point, we headed up to the Devils Campground located deep within the heart of Arches National Park. Our time inside both the park and the campground was absolutely amazing!

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Dead Horse Point Camping

Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point state park provides breathtaking views of Canyonlands National Park. The campground is located right in the middle of the peninsula and is not to be missed on a trip through Utah!

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