Thursday, October 27, 2011

What to Expect from the Weather in Breckenridge Colorado

It is summer vacation for the kids, winter breaks, or time for a vacation from work.  Some want to escape the summer heat, and some want to enjoy a true winter vacation.  So, where does one find the perfect vacation for summer or winter.  The best choice would be Breckenridge, Colorado.  It is small, mountain city that has all kinds of activities for summer and winter, including dinner sleigh rides.

Now that you have chosen your destination, you will want to know what is the best month to truly enjoy Colorado's summer and winter, and what should you pack that is appropriate.

Summer Vacation

July is the perfect time for vacation as the summer weather is at its peak at 73 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with averages at 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the evening.  The summer activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, golfing, and a true Wild West chuck wagon ride.   These rides take off out of Friso, which is a neighboring town of Breckenridge.  It is a one-mile ride that takes about 15 to 20 minutes to reach its destination where you will enjoy a BBQ dinner along with a wild west show.  The prelude to the BBQ will include roping, cowboy golf, horseshoes, corn hole, and to keep your mouth watering for the BBQ is biscuits and honey.  When you hear them ringing for dinner, you will truly feel like a cow hand coming in from a hard day's work on the ranch, and as you enjoy your dinner, you will be entertained with a wild west show.  So whether you are enjoying any number of activities throughout the day, you can pack accordingly with shorts, skirts, short sleeves during the day, and in the evening pants, short sleeves or long sleeves, and a jacket.

Winter Vacation

Perhaps you are coming for the ski season, or just to enjoy the snow, but a Colorado winter will be nothing but extraordinary.  There are just as many activities to enjoy during the winter as during the summer.  During packing, you will want to include pants, sweaters, long sleeves, jacket, thermals, and warm boots or shoes.  Colorado weather gets really cold, and better to have on layers than go cold.  The different activities you can enjoy during this season are skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing, dog sledding, and the best dinner sleigh rides around.  These dinner sleigh rides include a classic BBQ, and your sleigh drivers then become your servers.  This ride is the same as the summer chuck wagon, but this time instead of a Wild West show, you can enjoy the western music all provided by a great crew.  It is suggested to dress in layers as the tent the BBQ is located in is heated by pot belly stoves.  So bring your smile and sense of adventure as you enjoy the winter seasons best dinner sleigh rides.

The History of Sleigh Bells

Sleigh bells make a characteristic sound, particularly when they a large number of them are ringing together. They are often heard ringing on winter sleigh rides. These bells are created out of one piece of metal. The metal is formed into a sphere. A small metal ball hung from a short rod is placed inside the sphere. This form allows the small metal ball to tap the inside walls of the bell, producing the well known jingle sound.

The History of Sleigh Bells
The rhythmic sound of ringing sleigh bells brings with it the images of the winter sleigh rides, falling snowflakes and the memories of Christmas. Sleigh bells have been around for a long time and while we associate them with the holiday season, their creation came about from the world of horses.

Sleigh bells can be found everywhere but they were originally only used with horses, but not during winter sleigh rides. These bells were found by archaeologists in England. The earliest ones found dated back to the time when the Romans lived in the British Isles. This discovery leads to the understanding that the bells were used as a part of the horse harness more than one thousand years ago. At that time the bells were a valuable symbol of high social status and wealth. They were made from silver and gold and were used as decoration on horses during Medieval age wars. The bells were also to believed to provide good luck and to keep away illnesses and evil spirits.

The specific date that sleigh bells became common place on wagons, and in particular on winter sleigh rides, is not known. It is believed that they were used both as decoration and as a functional device. The ringing bells would serve as a safety device, alerting people of a moving or oncoming wagon on foggy and dark nights. Horse drawn wagons are extremely difficult to stop and a sleigh could easily injury someone who was unaware of their movement.

It was in the nineteenth century that a demand for sleigh bells developed. The bells were produced in amounts in East Hampton, Connecticut. The popularity of the bells grew throughout the country and were used to decorate racing sleighs as well as on wagons that were used for winter sleigh rides. It was the popular Christmas song, Jingle Bells, that brought the sleigh bells to incredible popularity. The song described the experience of wonderful winter sleigh rides.

Today sleigh bells are used to decorate and to create a sense of celebration. They are still hung from many horse drawn wagons that provide winter sleigh rides.  There are many people collect antique sleigh bells that were manufactured in the mid nineteenth century, cherishing the skill used to create them and the time in which they were produced.