Kremmling " Random acts of spring
April 28, 2009
This is the time of year I like to meander around aimlessly outside just to see what is changing for the spring season. In that same vein of exploration I just let my mind wander with me. This week’s column may reflect that same sort of random reflection as I find this is a good way to shake off the winter mindset.
When we first began to make plans to move to Colorado back in the 1990s, a co-worker made a comment that I have reflected on every day I have lived here. This co-worker was a former resident of the Front Range area for 20-plus years and was questioning why we would want to leave the quiet life in Kansas for Colorado.
Her point was that in driving on I-25 to work all those years she could rarely recall even looking at the mountain range anymore. She believed that once you got used to living here it would become the same as anywhere else. There is some truth to that if you allow it to happen, but I promised myself right there never to take living here for granted.
I have kept that promise to myself and to this day still experience the wonder of living here. I started out on the Front Range so I know what that drive is like. My wife’s daily commute back then was 120 miles round trip, so she has experienced that daily grind as well. The transition was well worth it.
I have worked really hard at the art of sitting outside and would consider myself at near expert status at this point. While practicing I have noticed a small but brilliant yellow flower popping up already. It maybe a pretty weed as sometimes I don’t know the difference. I have pulled the flowers out of many a weed garden.
Just today I am finding a mid-size purple flower showing itself. The ducks have returned to the creek behind us and the pair of hawks I enjoy watching has been soaring overhead. Then there are the frogs. What exactly do they do when it is still snowing? The life of a mountain frog must be hard.
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My wife has invented a new fishing technique she calls “teasing” the fish. As far as I can tell the fish may get their feelings hurt from this “teasing” but they seem to be safe otherwise. I am betting she will get better at it as the season progresses.
The West Grand Eighth Grade Honors Band makes their trip to Aspen this Thursday and Friday. We wish them good luck and a safe trip. The Route 40 Talent Search continues through April 30, so if you have a band, are a musician or have a comedy act you still have a shot at the Web Event at the Quarter Circle Saloon. Check the Kremmling Chamber’s Web site for details.
We are getting close to the Chamber’s annual banquet scheduled for May 9. This is a semi-formal affair with dinner and entertainment and should be an exciting way to start the spring season. And though June seems so far away, Kremmling Days will be held June 19-21. It is never too early to mark your calendar. ” Please continue to send items of interest to Larry Ebersole at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O. Box 564, Kremmling, CO 80459.