Unusually mellow weather greets trick or treaters in Kremmling
November 4, 2008
Friday night had the best weather for trick or treating that I can remember since we have lived in Colorado. Last year’s Halloween night was snow-free but cold; this year was pleasant in every aspect.
In years past it seems we drove from house to house to manage in the snow. This year I took our son out while my wife stayed home to pass out candy. We met up with a couple of my son’s friends and their families and knocked on doors until there just were not any houses left.
The kids must have done well in the candy category as I managed to give myself a stomach ache just on the treats my son didn’t want. I have to say that a Star Wars theme was the most popular costume in Kremmling anyway, especially the Clone costumes from the new series.
I was dressed up as a Dad that wanted to go home after a couple hours of walking. I admit that I was worn out at that point and didn’t make it to the costume party at the Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill, but when we drove by the bar looked crowded with costumed patrons.
I talked to several fathers Halloween night that were taking their sons hunting the following morning. It seemed that their interest was more in sharing time with their kids than actually finding any game, although that would be a welcomed experience also.
I know that I learned a lot as a kid from hunting with my father, some of which I am just beginning to understand as my own son has taken an interest in target shooting and hunting. My most memorable moment had to do with practicing the things I had been taught, especially in terms of safety and being aware of the people around you.
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I was walking through a field in Western Kansas following behind my father with my rifle. I was carrying it safely when the rifle discharged on its own. My father wheeled around assuming I was playing with it and had fired it. When he examined it though it turned out something had happened to the firing pin and just taping the gun or the vibration from walking was causing it to fire.
The lesson we both learned was that because I had followed the rules of gun safety as my father had taught me, I had just avoided shooting him in the back. Despite the excitement that came with each hunting trip, when I reflect back on those years it is always the time spent together I remember more than anything else.
As we get close to Thanksgiving, let me know of any interesting family plans you may have for around here. I grew up in Kansas and the Colorado mountains were often our destination for Thanksgiving, so we usually stay around here now. Share your family plans, hunting stories, and anything else of local interest with Larry Ebersole at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O Box 564, Kremmling, CO 80459.
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