Huffington Post: Ten Reasons You Should Pay Telluride Forward
From carbon neutral micro brew festivals to the complimentary bio fuel bus, a ‘free box’, random acts of coffee kindness and no traffic lights. Why you should pay Telluride, Colorado forward.
Some mountain towns just scream community and the box canyon town of Telluride in the San Juan mountains of Colorado has got it in spades. It helps that it comes with a picture box setting with soaring peaks thrusting skyward in an amphitheatre around the heritage town with a Main Street plucked straight from a Hollywood cowboy set.
You have got to love a town that purchases 570 acres of gateway meadow known as The Valley Floor out of the hands of the San Miguel Valley Corporation and declares it open space, forever wild in perpetuity. Community one, greed nil.
You have also got to love a town with no traffic lights, none, not one.
If, like me, you’re a sucker for a farmers organic market, a local brew, a love of nature over corporations and random acts of kindness then you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s ten reasons why.
Cowboy Coffee random acts of kindness
The coffee here is good, so good we caught the gondola down each day just get a cup of joe. But what I really love in the little caravan on the main street is the Pay it Forward window where you buy someone a cup of coffee and leave the card there for them to pick up. The simple gifts in life mean a lot.
The Free Box
Get in quick as the Free Box on the main street is cleared out every Friday. Locals and tourists heading home leave unwanted goods from clothes to televisions to skis, snowboards, camping gear and more for others to pick up for free. One guy I met at the box found himself a pair of zip off trek pants for summer that he was clearly chuffed with.
Free wind powered gondola
Telluride is split between the town of Telluride on the valley floor and Mountain Village half way up the mountain. The two are connected by a free gondola that is run by wind power. They even have blankets for gondola riders to use in winter and dog friendly cabins for those travelling with Fido.
Free bio fuel driven shuttle bus
The Galloping Goose is the town’s free shuttle bus service. If you grab bus #101 then you’ll know that your ride is run on non toxic, biodegradable, vegetable oil based biodiesel fuel.
Wagner Skis made for your DNA in a carbon neutral way
Pete Wagner makes custom made skis from a pre purposed gas station in Placerville using wind and solar power to ensure a carbon neutral factory. Not only are your skis one of kind made specifically for your own skiing DNA with a top sheet designed just for you, they are also good for the environment that means so much to those who care for the great outdoors. In our world that’s a double hitter.
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