Larry Ebersole " Kremmling lives up to Sportsman’s Paradise nickname
February 10, 2009
Sometimes places have names they do not always live up to and sometimes we are just not clear on their meaning. I spent a good part of my childhood in Wichita, Kan., and we didn’t need any scientific instruments to tell us we had a lot more wind than that Windy City sometimes know as Chicago. Only it turns out the nickname the Windy City has nothing to do with that weather condition that would often take away some of our laundry.
My grandmother used to live by a bank and would often find wind blown cash in her garden, so there were some advantages to the flat land. Anyway, the Windy City was more of a product of the New Yorker’s sense that Chicago was full of a bunch of individual windbags or rather braggadocios people. At the time the two cities were in a rather fierce competition to host the next World’s Fair.
Kremmling may be a small town in itself, but we are very much The Sportsman’s Paradise as our sign proclaims. This is reflected not only in the overall atmosphere in town but the individuals you meet. All the proof I need I see when my father comes to visit.
Not only was he born under a tree stand during bow hunting season, he never got in trouble for certain magazines under his bed as a kid, but they did have trouble with him stuffing the coyotes he would shoot under there. His idea of dressing up has always been matching camouflage in his shirt and pants. Well, not only is Kremmling the first place that his appearance doesn’t drive my mom nuts, my dad will actually take advice on outdoor activities from the locals and use it.
These are just the little things I notice. Events such as the Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing contest coming up this week on Feb. 14 should be even more convincing of our status as a Sportsman’s Paradise. Why waste time on tropical beaches when you can sit on the ice at 6 a.m. and wait by the perfect hole you’ve drilled? Any outdoor sportsman will understand. The tagged fish worth thousands of dollars is no small side benefit.
Looking ahead into March, we have one of those rare indoor activities to look forward to. The Harlem Ambassadors basketball team will be playing our local squad at West Grand High School. It is a charity event so please come out and give your support. If you happen to have someone pleading for donations so they can buy a spot on the squad it is legitimate ” they have to buy their way onto the team. So March would be a good month to support tall people.
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