Watch Out For Elk And Hunters In The High Country



Mikey Marazza photo

This is just one of the Christmas displays at Jo Armistead’s home. I don’t know what they feed the wildlife over there, but the one reindeer is 12 feet tall.

It is starting to look like Christmas around the community. Lights are going up, as are different displays.

I had a rough time keeping my displays up during that wind last week, and when I came upon Jo Armistead’s yard I could not understand just how she got those big guys to stay standing. The one reindeer is 12 feet tall. I wonder what they feed the wildlife over there on Homestead Lane.

Jo and Red’s place is looking pretty good this holiday with all the trees lit up and displays around the yard.

Speaking of wildlife

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a gentleman came to my door to tell me he hit an elk with his truck and needed help to move it.

A couple of days before that, my husband was going to Payson early in the morning and two guys stopped him because they hit an elk near Kohl’s Ranch.

All summer we didn’t see many elk, but now they are everywhere. Not to mention it is hunting season and the hunters are pushing them out of the woods.

You need to be very careful when driving up to the high country. You would not want to hit one of these big guys.

If you are out walking in the forest, you might want to be very alert, or better yet, stay out of the woods until after hunting season. Last week Roy England of Hunter Creek was out walking in his favorite spot and heard gunshots. He said he jumped two feet off the ground, it was like the bullet just missed him. It looks like it isn’t safe to go for a walk in the woods this time of year.

Children’s Christmas Party

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Children’s Annual Christmas Party. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at the fire station. Word is out that Santa will be making a visit by fire truck and passing out stockings to the good boys and girls. There will also be hot chocolate and cookies, and the children will be filling food boxes for the elderly in the community.

Quads and Carts Parade

Also on Saturday, Dec. 13 is the Second Annual Quads and Carts Parade through the community of Christopher Creek. Participants decorate their quads, golf carts or whatever machine they desire and meet at the Landmark parking lot at 7 p.m. It is always a fun ride through the community.

Creekside Christmas

Creekside Steakhouse and Tavern will hold its annual Christmas party at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14. It is a potluck dinner, so bring along a favorite holiday dish to share. Music will be provided by “Bud light John.” There will be a white elephant secret Santa gift exchange. Expect specials on drinks, door prizes and holiday cheer for all.


Dean Shields will be adding another candle to her cake Dec. 6. She lives in Payson now, but will always be a part of Christopher Creek. My friend Mic Davis


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