Avoid the crowds, visit the rec center early — and watch the ice

The recreation center is very, very busy in the evening hours during weekdays. With the swim team in the water from 4:15-5:30 p.m., followed by some evenings of master swim training and loads of bone-weary skiers soaking in the Jacuzzi, the natatorium is a happening place. The rest of the facility also bustles with activities, with evening aerobics classes, racquetball games and folks working off the day’s tension in the weight and cardio rooms.

As much as we are happy to see so many people enjoying themselves and staying physically (and to some degree, mentally) healthy, we are also trying to encourage those with flexible schedules to utilize the recreation center before 4 or 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

For the past fortnight, we have run out of parking after 5 p.m. during the week, and our members have been willing to walk the extra distance to park their cars elsewhere. A word of caution to all: as this has been an interesting winter with literally tons of snow in December, most of the roadway and parking areas are slick with ice and packed snow.

After a couple of good hard falls in the last five days, I’ve wizened up and bought some YakTrax, which are great for running, walking (and marking) on snow and ice. Ever seen those funky Xs on the snow? They work.

Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association (PLPOA) 2009 assessment statements have gone out and if you have not received yours in the mail, please call the PLPOA administrative office at 731-5635 immediately.

The master’s swim team is currently following a training schedule of Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. No matter what your swimming ability level, if you are interested, call Coach Steve Williams at 903-1432 for details or answers to your concerns.

The Pagosa Lakes Winter Perch Tournament has tentatively been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7 at Lake Pagosa. A tournament was originally planned at Hatcher Lake, but so far early season perch fishing at Hatcher Lake has been very slow and not very ideal for a perch fishing tournament. The ice conditions have been something we have been watching closely as well, after the heavy snows around Christmas the ice softened and got a little slushy and is just now setting back up.

We will get the word out through advertisements and announcements as we get a little closer to the day of the event. The perch fishing on Lake Pagosa is really picking up and it should be a fun day out on the lake. The rules and entry fee will be the same as in years past, and kids 15 and under will fish for free and compete for prizes. Adult contestants will compete for cash prizes. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for more information.