A number of San Juan County residents are making great progress one month into the #SJR101 Challenge.
The challenge, which is outlined in 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County, offers a number of prizes to those who complete the most experiences in the booklet by the September 30 deadline.
In June, the San Juan Record and the San Juan County Chamber of Commerce released the second annual 101 Ways to Experience San Juan County publication. The publication includes a long list of things that local residents and visitors can do in the county.
One way entries can be viewed is by the popular social media app Instagram. To see the photos of some of the entries visit the hashtag #SJR101. You can also see posts on Facebook.
More than 200 photographs and entries have been posted to the hashtag, showing off the beauty of San Juan County and the tenacity of some contest participants.
With July nearly halfway completed, it’s time to check in with those who have taken the SJR 101 challenge to heart.
Patty Lyman is an early leader. The competition aspect of the 101 Challenge hasn’t stopped her from sharing the guide. “I’ve mailed out more than 20 books to family and friends in different states,” said Patty.
“I loved Hucks Museum. I’ve known him for the 30 plus years I’ve lived here, but had never paid the 10 bucks and been in the back.
“It is well worth the money!” said Patty about her discovery. “I’ve now added Hucks to the places I’ll take friends and family when they visit!”
Monticello resident Haley Burton has taken the challenge to heart and is one of the early leaders.
Burton, a mother of four, has said that the challenge has brought a lot of excitement to the family this summer. Burton says her kids are always asking what they are going to do next.
“It’s been really fun,” said Burton. “It is interesting because I’ve lived in Monticello my whole life and some things I’ve never done. The things we’re doing are activities we can all do.”
Among the activities that the Burton family had not done before taking the 101 Challenge include visiting the Anticline overlook and Geocaching. Geocaching is one they plan to continue to do.
Local resident Adrian Goodwine says that the 21 items her family has completed haven’t been new things. A lot of it has been a conscious effort to enjoy things the community has to offer.
“I mean, we’ve probably been to the Visitor Center and skate parks before, but in completing the list, we are consciously enjoying these things,” explained Goodwine.
Viewing the night sky has been a favorite experience for the Goodwine family.
Another Monticello mother, with her three kids, said she plans to hit the list hard in the second half of the summer.
“Whenever my kids begin to whine that there is nothing to do, we break out the list. They have had a great time,” she said.
The Monticello mother asked not be identified because she doesn’t want the competition to know that she is wracking up the experiences.
Free copies of the publication can be found at local visitor centers and at participating businesses. In addition to these locations, the yellow #SJR101 distribution boxes can be found at area events and festivals.
Business owners report that the guide has been very popular. “We can’t keep them in stock,” said Lana Arthur, owner of The Patio in Blanding. “Can you send us some more?”
There are plenty of additional copies for participating businesses. Just give the San Juan Record a call at 435-587-2277.
Dorothy Pipkin Padilla, owner of the Paca Pantry and a local alpaca ranch, said the guide “is the most positive advertising I’ve had. I run ads in other places, and this is the best!”
This year, the guide offers a challenge. Twenty prizes will be awarded this fall to the people who complete the most tasks on the list.
The grand prize awarded to the top finisher is either a jeeping or river rafting adventure with 4-Corners Adventure for the 2016 season.
The next three finishers will be awarded first prize. The first prize winners will receive a dinner for four at a local restaurant.
The next 15 finishers will receive stitched #SJR101 shoulder bags from the San Juan Record.
The contest started on June 1 and will run until September 30, with an October 1 submission deadline. In order to count an activity towards your total, you must complete it during the contest period.
Documentation of each activity is required. Acceptable forms of documentation include, but are not limited to, dated receipts, photographs or ticket stubs.
In addition, you can enter the contest by submitting photos or video on Instagram. Use the number and title of the activity as the caption of the photo and hashtag it #SJR101. Your Instagram account must be PUBLIC or we cannot view your photos.
More info on the contest rules can be found within the guide itself.
Although there are some early favorites, it truly isn’t too late to start participating and win a great prize.
The contest ends on September 30, leaving 77 days to get out and do as many of the challenges as you can.