Eight-year-old Karen Cardenas catches a softball on Memorial Day in Little Toots Park. Karen was visiting Steamboat from Denver with her family.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Eight-year-old Karen Cardenas catches a softball on Memorial Day in Little Toots Park. Karen was visiting Steamboat from Denver with her family.

A time to relax

Core Trail highlight of long weekend for residents, tourists

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— Memorial Day in downtown Steamboat Springs proved to be a slightly rainy day of relaxation and outdoor enjoyment for many.

A dozen young skaters shot up and down the ramp at the skate park on Howelsen Hill as residents and tourists alike enjoyed the mild weather.

Although downtown Steamboat had shoppers darting in and out of stores, the Yampa River Core Trail appeared to be more popular as walkers, bikers, skaters, boarders and runners trekked all along its length.

Tom and Jan Willman, long-time Steamboat residents, said it was unusual for them to remain in town during the long weekend, but a recent shoulder surgery meant Jan needed time to recuperate.

"Usually, we stay away from the crowds," Tom said. "This is not typical."

Tom said they had avoided the crowds most of the weekend by staying inside, but the traffic hadn't proved a problem as they went for a walk Monday afternoon.

"Normally we like to recreate in Northwest Colorado," Tom said, but the couple said they didn't mind staying in Steamboat for the weekend and take the time to be home.

Michelle House, of Steamboat, said she also used the long weekend as a time to relax.

Asked what she was doing for her Memorial Day weekend, she said, "A lot of nothing. I worked yesterday and then had some cleaning at home."

The chance to stay home during the weekend is too nice for her to pass up, she said.

"Normally, I stay here because it's relaxing. I walked the bike path down to Alpine Lumber so I could be near the river."

Tourists also found the Core Trail inviting for their holiday. Holly and Andrew Landauer, of Denver, were walking with their dog and two young children on the trail Monday afternoon.

Daughter Olivia, 8, said she was happy to have the chance to walk with her dog, Chester. Owen, 6, kept his eyes peeled for a train to pass along the tracks.

"We come here once or twice a year" since they own a cabin in Grand Lake, Holly said. "This year, it just happened to be on Memorial Day."

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