Diana Lynn Rau: Thank you Grand Winter Sports Carnival Committee
To the Editor:
The Grand Winter Sports Carnival Committee has brought together a great part of history in Grand County. Many residents have never seen this part of their own world let alone met some of the old families involved.
I have learned much about my neighbors and I have lived here for almost 30 years. The Carnival activities have taken a lot of effort, creativeness, and patience, and the product of this cooperation has been amazing.
The opening Re-enactment Trek on Dec. 30 was one such example. As the organizer, I know it took many people working together for many months to make this happen, and our community can be proud. Not everything worked according to plan, especially Mother Nature, but all participants proudly survived with only one broken ski and one broken pole documented. People jumped in to help and groomers found snow.
A partnership of the Winter Carnival Committee, Grand County Historical Association, TV 18, Grand County Tourism Board, Grand Adventures, FVPT, Grand Nordic, HTA, YMCA Nordic Center, Grand Huts and MP3 Properties, Bryan Mountain Nordic Patrol, Cozens Ranch, Sons of Norway, Pinnacle Hotel, Chamber of Commerce, towns, East Grand Fire Dept, FVMRD, Search and Rescue, Shining Stars, City Market, people who donated old clothing and equipment, more than a dozen private landowners and scores of private individual volunteers combined to make this incredible event happen. And the list goes on.
Kudos to groomers Charlie Rau, Andy Miller, Dave Knisley, Tom Merkt, Sean and rest the YMCA groomers for their dedication to find a usable trail with snow. Because of Thursday’s wind, they even went ahead of the trekkers to make sure there was a trail to follow. Special thanks to my angel Alan who visited for one night and without one complaint helped me put together aid station supplies by candlelight when my power was taken out by a falling tree. And my greatest supporter and comforter was my wonderful husband Charlie.
Yes, Alan, to most of us, it was all worth it. The Citizen Trek was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a different world courteously allowed by gracious landowners. We ask all to respect their privacy in the future. The Trek was not easy but that’s sometimes the way life is. For those who want to see part of that world again, Grand Nordic is presenting the Mailbag Trek on Saturday, Feb. 11, as the closing event of the Grand Winter Carnival. This is less than eight miles from the Old Coulter House Post Office at the western base of Red dirt Hill, paralleling Cottonwood Pass Road over to Hot Sulphur. Go to http://www.grandnordic.org to sign up.
I appreciate all the help for this event and the spirit of cooperation that exists among the people who live here and that make me love it in Grand County even more.
Diana Lynn Rau
Winter Carnival Trek organizer
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