Coyote Pause’s New Patio!

IMG_6680 Coyote Pause Café has been doing some serious renovations! We recently finished updating our covered patio with new window treatments, a new cooling system, a new paint job, and a new look! The overall atmosphere of this new patio feels very comfortable and colorful with updated oilcloth as table coverings and new decorations adorning our walls. IMG_1581 FullSizeRender (9) Even though the weather is hot, this patio stays cool all summer long! Come in and enjoy some of your favorites on our menu and experience our new patio!

The Cat Mountain Lodge Labyrinth

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Lots of new items have been cropping up around Cat Mountain Station lately. The most recent project that has been completed is the Cat Mountain Lodge Labyrinth. In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built to hold the Minotaur that was eventually killed by the hero,  Theseus. It is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness, and a journey into a labyrinth promotes a physchological and spiritual transformation and meditation.

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It is a 6 circuit, left-handed classical labyrinth. Designed by our landscape architect, Doug Larson, the labyrinth is shaped as a turtle in honor of the resident tortoise, Juan Wayne.

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We started construction 8 weeks ago. After selecting the physical location, Doug graded the land to make it as even as possible.

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All the materials used to make this labyrinth were locally sourced from quarries and the local desert. The laybryinth was designed to look like it fits in with the surrounding nature, yet is also distinctive. The most distinctive part is the finishing touch: the turtle statue with a bright blue gazing ball shell.

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We hope that you come to Cat Mountain Lodge and enjoy our one-of-a-kind labyrinth!

Bakelite: A Love Story

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At Buffalo Trading Post, we get interesting things coming into the store on a daily basis. It’s truly a treasure hunter’s dream come true, and if you are into Bakelite, your dreams are about to become a reality. But first, a brief history:

-Patented in 1907 by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland, Bakelite was originally used for its nonconductivity in electrical insulators,  radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, pipe stems, and toys. It is known today as the first thermosetting plastic.

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Antique Bakelite items—from household appliances to jewelry—today are displayed in museums and sold for large sums. Their appeal to collectors may lie in Bakelite’s distinctive look, as well as the way they represent a particular era: a time when more and more consumers were able to take advantage of previously out-of-reach fashions and consumer goods.

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In honor of Bakelite and our love of it, Buffalo Trading Post is running a 20% off sale of all Bakelite items on Valentine’s Day! Come pick out the perfect pieces for your collection, or start your very own collection.

New Menu Items at Coyote Pause

Changes are being made to the menu at Coyote Pause Café. The restaurant is incorporating some of the beloved specials into items that will be cooked to order on a daily basis. Here is a list of just some of the delicious dishes that are added to the Coyote Pause wheel house:

1. Chilaquiles

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A layer of crisped corn tortillas are doused in a chili verde sauce and topped with cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Accompanied with eggs any style.

2. Avocado Tacos

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Beer battered sliced avocado fried to perfection, over a bed of shredded cabbage, topped with cheese and lime. Served with a small salad and black beans.

3. Steak Sandwich

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Hand carved sirloin steak is marinated overnight before being grilled to perfection and placed on a French roll. Topped with grilled onions and provolone cheese, this sandwich is matched perfectly with a side salad or our famous mesquite fries.

4. Pancake Special

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Our ever changing pancake special is a crowd favorite. It changes with the season, so ask your server for the description of the latest special. Here we have a banana pancake topped with fresh bananas, pecans, cream cheese sauce and house made caramel.

5. Weekly Salad Special

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The salad special changes weekly, so check with your server for a description. This week’s special was a grilled chicken and mandarin salad topped with sunflower seeds and accompanied with gluten free crackers and strawberries.

The 5th Annual Cat Mountain Station Pet Fair

Glenda the Good Witch was part of a Wizard of Oz group costume that won best in show.

Glenda the Good Witch was part of a Wizard of Oz group costume that won best in show.

Cat Mountain Station had its 5th Annual Halloween Pet Fair on Sunday, October 26th, 2014. Every year, pets and their companions come out to this event decked out in their most creative costumes and get a chance to interact. There was a raffle, a wheel spin, a face painter, and a pet psychic with all proceeds going to benefit the Hermitage Cat Shelter. We raised $142.00 for this charity!

Our resident face painter showing off his skills to a very happy customer.

Our resident face painter showing off his skills to a very happy customer.

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A pet psychic came to spread Halloween cheer to our four legged friends.

The biggest draw to our fair was the actual costume contest! Cat Mountain Station had 14 constants, all of which deserved the grand prize.

A Poodle Angel.

A Poodle Angel.

A Yorkie Picnic Table.

A Yorkie Picnic Table.

A Cute Little Devil.

A Cute Little Devil.

A Skeleton Terrier.

A Skeleton Terrier.

We even had a cat dressed up as a Crayola Crayon! She was a very well behaved cat, considering there were 20 dogs having a party around her.

A Feline Crayon and a Crayola Box. This little girl has so much fun parading around with her cat.

A Feline Crayon and a Crayola Box. This little girl has so much fun parading around with her cat.

The wining contestant went to The Wizard of Oz cast. We had Dorothy, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow, Glenda the Good Witch, and even the Wizard himself!

Dorothy and her troupe getting ready to walk in front of the judges.

Dorothy and her troupe getting ready to walk in front of the judges.

The Wizard, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man all of which are rescued dogs.

The Wizard, The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, and The Tin Man all of which are rescued dogs.

Dorothy even had the Wicked Witch of The West following her!

The Wicked Witch of the West following Dorothy and her cast.

The Wicked Witch of the West following Dorothy and her cast.

All in all, it was a very fun fundraising event. Hope to see you next year!