Kremmling views allow residents to appreciate where they are
November 18, 2008
Sometimes you get so close to something that you only see it in parts, separate from the whole. This was our experience when we first moved to Colorado.
Our first home was a small apartment in Green Mountain Falls, a small mountainside community not far from Winter Park. The main gathering place was the bar and grill, which fulfilled the need for pizza and beer. Any other imagined needs such as groceries or gas would have to be taken care of someplace else.
The town is known for its Bigfoot sightings that were featured on an episode of “Unexplained Mysteries.” These sightings were often later at night and involved someone walking home from the bar, so that might help explain some of theme at least.
Green Mountain Falls certainly possesses its own inherent beauty unique to its position on the mountainside. Yet we realized that it was because of this location that we rarely were able to see the Rocky Mountains while living in them. This now obvious paradox in the living arrangement had not occurred to us until we had settled in.
As we slowly migrated north to our eventual arrival in Kremmling, the Gore Range began to endear itself to us through the simultaneous experience of living up here and still having a magnificent panoramic view of the mountains surrounding us.
Never letting go of the awe one first experiences here is an effort we should all make daily.
I have been fortunate to travel and experience much of what America has to offer and have even experienced living in Europe. I can honestly say I have been content to stay in Colorado since moving here.
While watching the Travel Channel the other day, I noticed the host’s practice of highlighting a unique local custom or practice in a given area as a way of creating an intimate memory to make the visit special. For example, while in a small Irish town it was pointed out that the unique family pattern sewn into each different fishermen’s sweater was a way to identify the body should there be a tragedy at sea.
These seemingly little customs are part of what makes a community special and bring meaning to our everyday activities. One such custom I have noticed in our own Kremmling community is that when a member of this community passes on, their picture and announcement of their death tends to appear on the glass window leading into our post office.
Such a posting could be easy to pass up if you did not know the person, but I find it gives me a chance to recognize and honor their life if even just for a moment. This ritual helps to create an intimate sense of community and continues on without any formal arrangement that I am aware of. Is it worthy of the Travel Channel? I do know we live in an area where people from all over the world take their time and spend their resources to visit.
This all ties in with the sense of community the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce is working to create with the “Shop at Home” theme. This is simply about supporting our local businesses as much as possible. I have heard estimates of up to 33 cents of each dollar spent locally is spread around to benefit the local community as a whole.
I realize we are a small but growing town so the more we let those doing business in Kremmling know what we want and need, the more the community can grow to fulfill those needs if we support it. And if we start to see a Bigfoot or two around here maybe we can get on television.
” Please continue to submit items of local interest including Sasquatch sightings to Larry Ebersole at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O Box 564, Kremmling, CO 80549.
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