At 69-years-old, Chuck McCallon loves spending his retirement in the great outdoors, including exploring the many hiking trails near his hometown of Castle Rock. So, when he saw information for group …
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At 69-years-old, Chuck McCallon loves spending his retirement in the great outdoors, including exploring the many hiking trails near his hometown of Castle Rock.
So, when he saw information for group outings like hiking and snowshoeing guided by town staff from the Miller Activity Complex, he got involved.
“I was looking for another avenue to learn all of the trails nearby,” he said. “It's been terrific.”
McCallon is now a regular participant in the town's outdoor programs. Coordinator Tarra Williams said she plans a number of events year-round, but the winter activities were well-attended in late 2018 and 2019. She came on board with Castle Rock mid-winter last year and didn't have time to plan winter programming but made sure to offer options beginning in December 2018.
Excursions included ice fishing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, a ski trip and a visit to the Dillon Ice Castles. She plans to continue winter activities through mid-February but possibly longer if weather provides good conditions for the ice fishing, snowshoeing or sledding.
Williams typically chooses locations within Douglas County or at least within an hour's drive from Castle Rock. On Feb. 6, she took a group to Echo Lake for a snowshoeing adventure, one of six snowshoeing trips she executed this season.
“So far we've had a lot of success,” she said. “Everything that we've done so far people want to do.”
Williams said people of all ages and skill levels are able to come on the trips, although children may be limited in how they can participate certain activities. For example, they can ride in the dog sled but cannot drive.
Overall, McCallon said the program helps him connect with other people in town who enjoy similar activities.
“I hope they keep it up,” McCallon said. “We get to do different stuff all the time and it's a lot of fun.”
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