This month, the TMEF caught up with another Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund annual donor – Anonymous and their horses! Anonymous supports the trails with an annual donation so the donor knows the trails will be maintained after a trail ride or a hike!
Anonymous and their horses enjoying the large ferns on the Beall Trail.
- How do you enjoy trails?
We enjoy the trails both hiking and riding horses. When riding we try to find the best time of day when we won’t interfere with other users on the multi-use trails. Everyone we have ever encountered either on bike or on foot has been quite nice.
- When did you first become a donor of the TMEF and what inspired you to give?
We originally met Helen when we were riding the Mandel Lake trail in the Flattops two years ago. We got talking and she described the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund, which felt like a really good place to donate. We were inspired to give to the fund because it is an endowment fund, meaning our gift will continue to give over many lifetimes. A group that creates an endowment is one that is future-minded for us and our children and their children which seems to be a fiscally responsible way to give these days. The trails will be here for many to use for a long time. I also am inspired by all the matching funds that are in place with the Fund, let’s face it, where else can a gift be, double the money, guaranteed!
- Can you share a memorable experience you’ve had on our local or area trails?
It would be hard to find just one memorable experience as there have been so many. Every day we head out on the trials is a memory we’ll never forget. A quick mid-morning ride on Howelsen between the morning and lunch bike crowd. The beauty and quiet of Flash of Gold, green in the summer and golden in the fall. The gentle incline and smoothness of the Beall Trail rounding out into Cow Creek with the tall Ferns creating a never-ending lush green path. The kindness of everyone we meet (no matter the use) on the trails… all set the stage for great trails and great memories.
- What is your vision for the future of trails in the Yampa Valley?
My vision would be for the trails to continue to be developed as the infrastructure and land allows. More trails so users could spread out more, but not affect the wildlife’s natural patterns and habitats. A trail system where all multi-users could use the trails together, being mindful of both the trails and each other. We’ve had such a great experience that we hope that would continue so many others could experience the same lovely time in our mountains.
- What is your message to people who have not given to the TMEF yet?
Giving to this fund is like giving to the future. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just consistent. Think how much money there would be if everyone contributed either an hour of work or a dollar every time they used a trail!! WOW, it would add up fast. Or if you gave up a coffee once a week and donated that to the fund. If you enjoyed your bike ride, hike or horseback ride, think of a contribution as a tip for the good time you had. Have a tip jar in your car and give the trail a tip (or all that spare change), when it comes time to give, collect all that money in the jar and give it to the TMEF!! And to be a smart investor, give when there is a match going on… now there is double bang for your buck! We all love the trails, let’s support their upkeep!