Out with the old

Out with the old

Not to kill your holiday buzz, but seeing as this is the last issue before you (hopefully) throw out your Christmas tree, we gotta talk.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly, responsible way to discard of your yuletide flora, look no further than the City of Durango’s Christmas tree recycling drop-off at Santa Rita Park.

People can drop off their natural trees – free of ornaments, gnomes and tinsel – at the drop-off site near the playground and river access point. Also, you’ll probably want to make sure your cat isn’t still stuck in there.

You can drop off your tree until Jan. 31. Ultimately, the trees will be recycled into mulch. And, with 25-35 million real trees sold every Christmas in the United States, this is a far better outcome than the landfill.

And, if you’re feeling bummed about the festive lights and decorations coming down, don’t despair. When the holidays wind down, that only means one thing: Snowdown is creeping ever closer…

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Grab the sunscreen, SUP, wetsuit and … life jacket. Lake Nighthorse opens for the season this Fri., April 12, with new rules requiring personal flotation devices and sound-signaling devices, like whistles, on paddle crafts.  

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If you’re famished from all your water sports this weekend, check out Durango Restaurant Week, April 12-21 (actually 10 days.)

Lord of the lunge
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It’s another one for the books. On Fri., March 25, New Yorker Austin Head set a Guinness World Record for lunging. As in those horrible exercises they make you do at the gym until your quads freeze up.

A trainer at Life Time Fitness in Brooklyn, Head broke the record by lunging 2,825 times in an hour through his DUMBO (“Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”) neighborhood in Brooklyn. That’s 47 lunges a minute for those with a calculator, enough to smash the old record of 2,358 lunges. (Yes, apparently this lunging is a thing.)

Southern exposure
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While Durango endures the endless mud season, trails are drying out down south. Wait, what trails down south? Allow Neil Hannum, local cyclist and founder of Aztec Adventures, to introduce you.

According to Hannum, the sandy washes, oil roads and winding ridges of old New Mexico are prime mtb and gravel-riding terrain. So much so that Hannum started Aztec Adventures a few years back to share his love of the San Juan County, N.M., riding scene. 

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