Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Members Appreciation Weekend in Review

Breakfast at Member's Weekend Breakfast at Member's Weekend

Another exciting Members Appreciation week-end was logged on August 9th-11th at Valley View Hot Springs when a record 245 OLT members came from far and wide to participate in a fun-filled slate of activities or just "chillax" in our soaking ponds, pool and sauna amidst the ever-stunning Valley View-sheds. More active enthusiasts embarked on OLT's trails, hiked to the bats at Orient Mine, visited our Everson ranch to feed the pigs, took in some perfect Colorado night-sky astronomy, the geologic trench or our mountain-side's flora, fauna and wildlife. At Saturday's always sumptuous pot-luck dinner an annual auction was resurrected this year featuring, besides a few used Lost and Found robes and other unique "treasures" from people's garages, some rather interesting objets d'art, gift baskets, jewelry, a Playa Sonrisa vacation, and a popular retro sign titled "Fish Naked" replete with "bobbers..."! The silent auction netted some $1400 for the Waste Water Treatment Facilities Campaign. Friday and Saturday Night's bands it seemed were attended by all featuring phenomenal music by the groups, "Intuit" and "Atomga" respectively who played into the wee hours. The "Raft Record" contest in the pool boasted another record as folks struggled to hold on for dear life (or not drown holding on!) OLT Staff cooked a hearty breakfast Sunday morning for the largest crowd ever featuring fruit, yoghurt, eggs, sausage, pancakes (gluten-free and regular) with an optional fruit compote on top! New friendships were made and old friendships renewed as the pavilion campfires, s'mores and Oak House jam sessions melded hearts and built "community". Members departed this memorable week-end with a thank you packet of photocards capturing the always alluring OLT experience and landscapes.

Even during our biggest Member's Weekend (245 ppl), the ponds remain peaceful and serene (often empty).  - Doug Bates Even during our biggest Member's Weekend (245 ppl), the ponds remain peaceful and serene (often empty).  - Doug Bates Even during our biggest Member's Weekend (245 ppl), the ponds remain peaceful and serene (often empty).  - Doug Bates Hosting a fire at Soaking Pond for Member's Weekend - Doug Bates Brilliant sunset at Member's Weekend 2014 - Doug Bates Campers packed in tight for Member's Weekend - Doug Bates Breakfast at Members Weekend 2014 - Doug Bates Breakfast at Members Weekend 2014 - Doug Bates Bernie workin his magic! - Doug Bates Rosie and Kevin serving up a tasty breakfast - Doug Bates Squeezing tents in at Member's Weekend 2014 - Doug Bates Long line of off-site parking for Member's Weekend - Doug Bates In line for breakfast - Doug Bates Doug Bishop stylin his potluck tray - Doug Bates Pool Lights on at Member's Weekend - Doug Bates

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Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust
dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.