Couple Finds Ideal Creekside Location



by Lance Sabo
Erik and Nanci Olson wanted to get out of the city and find a more relaxed lifestyle. They looked in Montana, Idaho and Colorado, but could not believe that only a few hours drive from their home in Las Vegas, Nev. they would find their "ideal location" in Christopher Creek.

Everyone has heard about people going West to find their fortune. Going to Arizona has always held a certain allure for people wanting a new way of life.

Move to the mountains of Arizona and become a true adventurer! Erik and Nanci can tell you that with their recent purchase of the historic Grey Hackle Lodge in Christopher Creek they have had many adventures.

In Las Vegas, Erik managed a company which installed overhead garage doors, while Nanci worked for a medical supply company specializing in the sale of physical therapy equipment. After years in their respective businesses, they decided a change of pace and lifestyle would be welcome.

Just before Christmas, they came to Christopher Creek at the suggestion of a friend, and a few days later, became the proud new owners of the Grey Hackle Lodge.

The Grey Hackle is on the South side of Highway 260 on the east edge of Christopher Creek. It includes 11 cabins, each with its own distinctive feel. Nine cabins have fireplaces that help guests forget the rapid pace of city life. The two cabins that don't have fireplaces are well-suited for people who are just looking for a place to sleep in between hunting or fishing expeditions.

All cabins have kitchenettes and one even has a Jacuzzi. That particular cabin, I am told, is booked well in advance. For those who don't want to cook their own meals, Christopher Creek has two restaurants a short walk from the Grey Hackle Lodge.

Erik and Nanci are planning to put their own touches on the Grey Hackle. They've been busy painting, changing the landscaping and selecting new carpeting, furniture and activities that will accommodate their guests.

Erik is pleased to tell us they have been busy booking family reunions and weddings and visiting with past guests making plans to return.

Adventures at the inn

So, have Erik and Nanci found adventure in Arizona? Well, after hearing Erik tell tales of finding a mystery switch in a closet that turns on outside lights, and washing linen and folding sheets after a busy weekend, believe me -- Erik feels very much the adventurer.

Nanci originally planned to stay in Las Vegas and work until things settled down in the new business. They were under the impression that during the winter, things would be a little slow. However, after their home in Las Vegas sold, Nanci immediately moved to Christopher Creek to share the adventure of washing laundry and folding linens.

When we arrived at the Grey Hackle to meet Erik and Nanci, we saw two people in the center yard surrounded by a circle of cabins. Each cabin had its own barbecue grill in front where guests can cook outside and sit around and relax under the tall pines. All cabins are equipped with cable TV for those who cannot quite get away from everything.

The Grey Hackle backs national forest, providing guests with access to a variety of hiking and biking trails.

Almost any evening or early morning, one can find elk and deer walking through the forest near their cabins. For those who like to fish, Christopher Creek is stocked with trout each summer so visitors can fish just a few feet from the cabins. Many lakes are just a short drive away, and the General Crook Trail is just minutes away.

Anyone who has ever been in Christopher Creek will remember walking down the tree-covered paths along the creek or perhaps sitting in the cabins watching snow fall. Christopher Creek has been the same for many years and yet, just like any western frontier town, it is the people who make the towns. We're glad to welcome Erik and Nanci to our community.

For more information about accommodations, reservations and rates at the Grey Hackle, call (520) 478-4392 or e-mail them at

Happenings in Christopher Creek

Shelly Hansen wishes to thank everyone who participated in the Lions Club Bake Sale on Valentine's Day weekend. The money raised helps meet needs within the community. In the past, the Lions Club has purchased prescription glasses, propane for heating and various needs within the community. The Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of every month. This month it will meet at Creekside Restaurant. For more information, call Shelly at 478-4576.

Last month I attended my first meeting of the Christopher Kohl's Fire District Board and came away with a much greater appreciation of the work the department is doing for our community. Christopher Creek is a small community and every resident needs to make the effort to be involved. By attending meetings such as this, we can stay aware of future events and changes that may affect our community and our way of life.

Fire Chief Ray Larson told those who attended last month's meeting that a new fire station -- Station 53 -- will open in Ponderosa Springs as soon as power is supplied by Arizona Public Service.

I'm sure everyone wants to see stations such as this going up in their area so they may feel more secure, especially in dry times such as we are currently experiencing.

As always, I encourage anyone with community information, news or interesting stories to call me at 478-5050.

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