We are looking forward to being new Workaway hosts in Colorado and to let you experience the splendor of one of the most beautiful valleys in Colorado (as many have said, but there are so many beautiful places to explore)!
My husband and I are a busy, outspoken, happily married couple (23 years) that would love to share our mountainside, our skills, knowledge, mentoring and friendship while appreciating assistance with our many projects.
We are spending time now at our mountain home, but we’ve not been here much for the last 7 years (while living in Hawaii) and there's always a lot of projects.
We homesteaded our place (5 acres, nearly) 23 years ago, living off-grid for the first 7 years. And, there's still more to do.
I grew up on a large Minnesota farm and love getting my hands in the dirt, but don’t have the time to garden as much as I’d like, so my husband's doing much of that lately. But, since. we just got back, no garden going yet, except my chives & rhubarb which always come back on their own! I have my own nutrition-related business, via internet and phone mostly, so I spend many hours on my work.
My husband is a master carpenter, building contractor, skilled electrician, mechanic, security specialist, gardener, gunsmith, massage therapist, sailor, diver and has a ton of valuable information he’s willing to share as you assist him in many of these projects. He is also computer literate; knows plumbing and he speaks intermediate Spanish. (I do not, sorry.)
He is a wealth of knowledge on many topics, and will often make you laugh with his quick humor. He makes friends quickly, but will expect as much from you as he’s able to give. (He’s been known to work circles around people 20 years younger than him!) He will expect your best. He comes from a solid military background, so will be outspoken and you’ll generally know exactly where he stands on any subject.
We’ve hosted many family and friends, as well as strangers, through other platforms, but this is our first time with Workaway in Colorado. (We did have a short, successful workaway guest at our Hawaii home.) We’ve stayed with others often in work/trade situations, with family/friends or via other platforms and we have 5-star rating, as we always strive to leave a place better than we find it. We also ran a B&B in our past, and our guests also loved us, quirks, discussions, politics and all.
We love improving our place, exploring, hiking, 4-wheeling, camping, going to local farmers markets or festivals and enjoying friends. We would love to have you share those experiences with us as well!
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
Hilfe mit Computer /Internet
It's the Colorado Rockies! We love sharing this beautiful, peaceful and sometimes exciting place and culture.
We love sharing the mountains, lake, streams, waterfalls and local fauna/flora with you, teaching you what we know.
We have an abundance of birds including hummingbirds, just today a fox and her baby walked up near our driveway. I've seen sunsets that take your breath away, and sometimes, were actually "above the clouds" when there's fog in the valley after a cleansing rain.
When working with my husband, he’ll teach you if unfamiliar. (Some projects might include learning how to sharpen a chain-saw blade, repair a roof, repair drywall, stain a gazebo, repair a vehicle, cut down a tree, smoke meat, do construction, bicycle and/or large engine/automotive repairs (always a great skill to have), possible plumbing.
But also from me, you should eat well (I grew up cooking for a large farm family, baking bread, preserving veggies, etc.) You might learn some cooking and various kitchen equipment use; food preservation techniques; painting techniques, cleaning skills (as a past innkeeper, housekeeper and food-service worker).
When we head to town or travel on our adventures, we generally love showing others around and will invite you to join us on outings. (But, we're homebodies here too.)
Are you a photographer? There’s an abundance of opportunities for beautiful photography.
Come join. us!
Tasks: Since we’ve been gone, we have many projects.
Outdoors: All with a million dollar view! Care of the land (clearing thistles and invasive species); clearing fire breaks around buildings; helping maintain home/property.
Some basic landscaping, running a lawn mower (very little lawn) and running a weed-eater. Washing/detailing vehicles/outdoor equipment.
Gardening, planting, weeding, landscaping, tree trimming, mowing; use of equipment may include weed-eaters, shovels, rakes, picks. General maintenance and upkeep. Cleaning out/organizing shop/storage sheds. These will be supervised/done as a team unless/until you demonstrate comfort doing on your own.
We might hope to be getting a 1940’s classic Jeep and an older blazer plow truck running again (mechanical assistance-hubby's a pretty accomplished mechanic).
Also: We are rehabing a classic vintage aluminum trailer; You might assist putting in a wood floor, painting, plumbing, staining wood.
We might hope to be getting a 1940’s classic Jeep and an older Blazer plow truck running again (mechanical assistance-hubby's a pretty accomplished mechanic-happy to teach you new skills.)
Indoors/if raining? Possibly helping with maintaining our home and property.
Some general household tasks of cleaning, windows cooking if you wish. (But our place is tiny, that would be mostly for the rehabbing to take place.)
Painting and preparation for painting (sanding, etc.) experience and/or expertise a huge plus, as we are due to paint/rehab as noted. above. However, we have experience and happy to teach this skill as we work with you!
Your other special skills always welcome! Maybe you have experience in the skills needed above, or as a cook/chef, hairdresser, manicurist, interior decorator, massage therapist, personal trainer or yoga enthusiast. (I’d consider paying you extra for these.)
(Being self-sufficient we usually trim/cut our own hair and do our own nails; Husband is also a massage therapist & Jan enjoys yoga. We do have a massage table.)
Spanisch: Gute Kenntnisse
Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
If you speak Spanish, my husband enjoys practicing his as well.
Our mountain "house" is a vintage trailer. with additional add-ons/sunroom, but no place for guests to sleep so you’d be camping in your (or our?) tent/vehicle/van somewhere on our property or driveway. The photo could be right near where you might choose to have your tent. (Or indoors if we fix up a place for you- more below.)
We are 30 miles from Carbondale, 60 miles from Aspen and approx. a mile up a 4x4 road from a small community that does have more internet access, a welcoming non-denominational community church, a few businesses.
We say this community is 20 miles from Aspen as the crow flies, 60 miles by car and 1 million miles in attitude. ;-)
The road to our home, in summer, is passable with a car or van if you know how to navigate such roads, but is "nearly" a well-maintained 4x4 road.
The night sky has a million stars and we have what others call "the million dollar view." We never tire of it!
There are multiple waterfalls within 2 miles. Hiking opportunities everywhere. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. Sometimes were "above the clouds." World-class 4x4 roads a mile away and so much more. Depending on the year, an abundance of fresh, organic serviceberries available for the picking.
Weather. At about 8500' altitude, summers are often a comfortable 70-85 or so during the day. But, when the sun goes down, if often cools down. As low as mid 50's or so by morning, so we learn to dress in layers, or have various things for both chilly weather and dry, hot days. But, we love sleeping outdoors here too. Almost no mosquitos or bugs.
We can take one or more people if you’re willing to camp and have your own camping gear/supplies. (Or consider simple living in an out-building, but indoors at night. There are options.)
But, we're happy to keep you well fed! And, you are welcome to share most/all of your meals with us, if you wish. (No need to be "camping" and cooking your own food.) We can make a mini-fridge and deep-freeze space available to you- and our indoor bathroom/shower. But honestly, I've also loved the solar shower in the trees as well.
We don't accept children or pets due to risks including cliffs, wild animals and we don’t want dogs or cats scaring off our wildlife. We have deer, bear, fox, and although I’ve never seen a mountain lion here, others have.
You must understand concepts of safe “wilderness camping and food storage and leave to trace. (As mentioned, you’re welcome to store your food safely in a fridge/freezer.)
You might be able to stay under our gazebo if there's nasty weather.
Another possibility is- to sleep indoors in our out-building with couch, air mattress, TV/DVDs, coffeemaker, microwave and mini-fridge, but it needs a bit of work before it’s really “livable" again. (A family member did happily stay with us, staying there, for years, but not for the last 7 years.). In that case, bedding/linens/towels may be available for your use.
You’ll be welcome to do laundry or maybe add your laundry when we do a load. But, we haul water, so that’s kept to a minimum. (Or better yet, run loads when you’re in town.) If it’s a breezy, dry day, we’ll generally hang clothing/towels outside.)
We still haul water, but happy to share/set you up with plenty of pure, filtered drinking water is available.
We like a wide variety of foods and like to cook and happy to share what we know. We eat well, healthy foods mostly, but never ones to follow any extreme diets. We almost always have an abundance of food in the fridge and on the shelves we're happy to share. We’re almost always stocked with staples like fresh fruits, lots of veggies, rice, beans, tortillas, bread, potatoes, milk, eggs, cheese and meat (fish, beef, pork, chicken). You are encouraged to contribute your favorites. We also have a large deep-freeze you can use, since it’s 30 miles to the nearest gas-station and grocery store. (A more expensive tourist store for emergency supplies is 10 miles away.)
Please feel free to take care of your own special food needs, special food requests, snack foods & personal dietary needs, but happy to accommodate you also at times. But we’ll work out a shared option for shared meals/leftovers. Always be prepared to purchase your own preferred foods from the farmer's markets or store when on outings or food/material runs to town.
Common meals we eat: Oatmeal/fruit/nuts/seeds, omelets, scrambled/boiled egg/sausage/potato something or burritos or smoothie for a late breakfast. Common Lunch/Dinners: Steamed veggies, salads, soups, fish, beans/cornbread, fried rice, stir-fries, chili, Mexican food (street taco/burrito/guacamole/chips), spaghetti, beef stew, sandwiches, all often with a lot of veggies and beans). Often, a fair amount of frozen foods, since the grocery store is 30 miles away, and so we stock up on many things.
We. can easily get into food ruts, so love having other cooks in our tiny kitchen! We’d love to have you share your favorites.
Are you an adventurer? How about some of the following:
Hiking. Right out our front-door. Work-class hiking.
Climbing: Less than a mile away some great slabs. (We have some gear.)
Swimming: A small lake nearby.
Fishing: Yes, in the Crystal River.
Photography: Incredible views
Stargazing: We have a full night sky and no light pollution.
Security for you, us and our property is of major importance. Confidentiality is also of great importance to us.
Expect a background check if we think we make a great fit and we will be asking you to sign a confidentiality agreement.
You will NOT be able to bring guests over without prior approval, and we’ll ask that you maintain some basic covid cautionary restrictions.
We have security cameras outdoors and in main living areas for our and your security.
You may want to consider having/renting a vehicle. There is no public transportation here.
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Yes. We understanding "working remotely." But here we have "satellite internet" which is NOT very high-speed! Forget videos via internet, but okay for email, Facebook and internet searches. We have NO cell towers here and no cell service. If you’re close enough to our wifi receiver, you may text via cell phone (no or minimal video). If you need to make phone calls, you'll be welcome to use our landline, when I'm not needing it for work.
Have driveway space for parking a small van/pop-up trailer, depending on the size/length. Let's talk about that.
mehr als zwei
Maximum 4-6 hours a day, 4-5days a week Very flexible though.