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Janet Day: Can’t beat last weekend’s weather

Janet Day
Talk of the Valley

This is Why. Weekends like this last one are why we live here. Winter’s great; summer’s great, but autumn is simply stunning. The aspen have finally turned, lighting up the hillsides with color. Every trail I went out on was full of people on bikes, running with dogs or walking with kids, enjoying it all.

Temperatures are supposed to stay warm for a while, leading one coffee shop sage to conclude that we’re being reduced to two seasons ” winter and summer. We had no spring this year. Remember the snow well into June and then, bam, it was summer? She suspects the same will happen in October when we go from gorgeous sunny days with summer-like temperatures, right into cold and snow.

Whatever you want to call it, I’m loving the weather lately.

Other views around the east end of the county are improving, regardless of the weather.

It’s been an awfully long time coming, but Hideaway Park is finally looking less like a construction zone and more like a public amenity about which we can be proud. I love the monolith-like rocks erected on the southwest corner and the big climb-over or climb-through rocks for kids to play on. The event venue is great and the skate park popular, but now the rest of the park is finally taking shape so that the visual from Highway 40 is one that will make people stop, park, get out and walk around town.

I’m also happy to see the trees being planted at Grand Park. There seem to be hundreds of them and anything that adds healthy trees to our environment can only be a good thing. Once they mature, they’ll restore some shade along that hot stretch of the bike path.

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But I’m baffled by the huge berms on which many of the trees are being planted. The big piles of contoured dirt block the street-level view of the one section of the meadow that’s still attractive and more or less natural.

Best Beetles. I’m still steamed over the fact that Frisco hosted a Beetle Fest before anyone around here could get a celebration organized. But, as I was told recently at Mountain Dawg Outfitters, “We can do it better; we have more dead trees than anyone.”

Mountain Dawg is the epicenter of some segments of society around here. My newest ugly and ill-behaved pet spends one day a week at the shop’s doggie day care in an effort to become better socialized. Connie has worked wonders with him. But he sees more of my friends than I do if the number of “I saw your dog yesterday” comments I’m getting are any indication. Everyone I know is in need of chew toys, dog food, new leashes or treats on a regular basis.

Hey Girls, Get Out! Leave the guys at home with some leftovers on Thursday and head to the Hungry Bear restaurant for this year’s Girl’s Night Out. The fifth annual food, drink and shopping event brings local ladies together to have some fun and support the Advocates Victim Assistance Team of Grand County. The new venue should mean more room and improved traffic flow, and there are some new arts vendors this year as well. The event runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance from vendors (I’ve got some) or at Grand Mountain and Millenium banks, and $30 at the door. See you there.

Keep in Touch: What’s got your attention around the area? Let me know. I’ll try to find the answer or spread the news. Send it all to JDayQuilts@msn.com.

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