More than 125 years ago, Montezuma was a major silver-mining center best reached in winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Today, the route from Montezuma to Breckenridge is the site of the annual Mail Run race, in honor of the mail carriers who made the trek long ago. For fun, you can drive the few miles up-valley from Keystone to partake of the web of wooded trails on snowshoes or skinny skis; then stop for refreshment at the funky Soulhouse Cafe.
More than 125 years ago, Montezuma was a major silver-mining center best reached in winter on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Today, the route from Montezuma to Breckenridge is the site of the annual Mail Run race, in honor of the mail carriers who made the trek long ago. For fun, you can drive the few miles up-valley from Keystone to partake of the web of wooded trails on snowshoes or skinny skis; then stop for refreshment at the funky Soulhouse Cafe.

Best Place to Buy a Custom-Made Bamboo Fly Rod

South Creek Ltd.

The fly rods made by owner Mike Clark at South Creek Ltd. are works of art with a purpose: catching fish. These handmade beauties are created to the individual's specifications, and South Creek is the only place in the state (and one of only a handful in the nation) where you can buy such a rod. They're pricey, ranging from $1,400 to as much as $4,000 (depending on which special features -- engraving, gold-plating, insetting precious stones -- are requested). But they're worth the cost in fly-fishing enjoyment, and worth the wait (currently three years from start to finish). No rod leaves the store without Clark's seal of approval -- he'd rather break 'em and start over.

Best Place to Buy a Custom-Made Bamboo Fly Rod

South Creek Ltd.

The fly rods made by owner Mike Clark at South Creek Ltd. are works of art with a purpose: catching fish. These handmade beauties are created to the individual's specifications, and South Creek is the only place in the state (and one of only a handful in the nation) where you can buy such a rod. They're pricey, ranging from $1,400 to as much as $4,000 (depending on which special features -- engraving, gold-plating, insetting precious stones -- are requested). But they're worth the cost in fly-fishing enjoyment, and worth the wait (currently three years from start to finish). No rod leaves the store without Clark's seal of approval -- he'd rather break 'em and start over.

What's in a name? Ask Invesco Funds: It's still fielding complaints for buying the naming rights to Mile High Stadium's replacement. For $120 million, Barron's recently reported, Invesco purchased the title "Invesco Field at Mile High" -- as IF -- and also bought itself a "big black eye."

What's in a name? Ask Invesco Funds: It's still fielding complaints for buying the naming rights to Mile High Stadium's replacement. For $120 million, Barron's recently reported, Invesco purchased the title "Invesco Field at Mile High" -- as IF -- and also bought itself a "big black eye."

Rated one of the best campgrounds in the state by Gil Folsom in his Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest (Westcliffe, $24.95) for quality of scenery, privacy, shade, tent space and overall "niceness," Heaton Bay has one more critical feature: access to water. Located in the White River National Forest by Dillon Reservoir, Heaton has about five dozen spaces that can be reserved; the rest are first-come, first-served. So take a chance and beat the heat at Heaton Bay.

Rated one of the best campgrounds in the state by Gil Folsom in his Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest (Westcliffe, $24.95) for quality of scenery, privacy, shade, tent space and overall "niceness," Heaton Bay has one more critical feature: access to water. Located in the White River National Forest by Dillon Reservoir, Heaton has about five dozen spaces that can be reserved; the rest are first-come, first-served. So take a chance and beat the heat at Heaton Bay.

Sure, the Rockies brought in two massive, mountainlike hurlers. But they already had a bedrock to build on. So what more can you say about a 27-year-old who flirted with .400 for most of 2000 and wound up with All-Star numbers -- .372 batting average, 42 homers and 147 RBIs? Well, let's note that Todd Helton has also become one of the slickest-fielding first basemen in the National League, and he always keeps his head screwed on straight. At $4.95 million this year and $5 million in 2002, he's one of the game's great bargains and the offensive cornerstone of the Rockies' future. Andres who?
Sure, the Rockies brought in two massive, mountainlike hurlers. But they already had a bedrock to build on. So what more can you say about a 27-year-old who flirted with .400 for most of 2000 and wound up with All-Star numbers -- .372 batting average, 42 homers and 147 RBIs? Well, let's note that Todd Helton has also become one of the slickest-fielding first basemen in the National League, and he always keeps his head screwed on straight. At $4.95 million this year and $5 million in 2002, he's one of the game's great bargains and the offensive cornerstone of the Rockies' future. Andres who?

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