Stars and skiing events planned

(02-01-2010)

Join Randy Emmons, director of the Adams State College Zacheis Planetarium, for an evening cross-country ski and star talk starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, and again on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Rock Creek course country track. To locate the track, go approximately two miles south of Monte Vista on Colorado Highway 15. Turn west at Rio Grande County Road 2S. A Forest Service Rock Creek sign is at this junction. Follow this road, initially paved and then gravel/snow pack for approximately 10 miles to the small parking area for the track on the left side of the road. If you reach the top of a major hill after crossing a cattle guard and a very large parking area on the left, you have gone about one mile too far.

The ski trip will involve about a 1.5 mile cross country trip to a large open meadow; you will cross a much smaller clearing. At the large meadow, binoculars will be available for viewing and Emmons will be using a laser to point out interesting constellations and objects in the night sky.

Emmons is also hosting a telescope viewing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, and Feb. 13, at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, in the club house main parking area. An optional dinner at the Friday, February 12 is being arranged by Jill Clement; contact her at South Fork's Allington Inn for more information and reservations.

The events are free and open to the public. The viewing is weather dependent.