To know what life in Kremmling is about, one must spend winters here
November 11, 2008
The first snows have started to melt away but the intention of winter to make its presence known is clear. I really believe a person needs to live here through all the seasons in the mountains to fully understand what life in the Rockies is all about.
There is nothing wrong with maintaining a part-time residence up here, but most often the part-time resident will be here in the summer, which only makes sense if that is all you want out of the experience.
I am not ashamed to admit that the warmer seasons are my favorite times of year here in Kremmling. This is mostly because I love hiking and the best hiking I believe takes place in the summer. I am not a skier, though my wife and son are really talented on the slopes. I wouldn’t know which way to point a snowboard any more than I would a surfboard. I have been afraid to wade too far from the beach since the original “Jaws” film was in the theater. I used to cross country ski until I realized I was working way too hard to be having any fun.
So what is there for someone like me to do around Kremmling in the wintertime? Sledding of course. I find just the right amount of pretend danger and exhilaration in rushing down that slight incline in my plastic chariot. I may not make the next Warren Miller film, but the fact I have to walk back up the hill on my own is extreme enough for me. A true sledder doesn’t need a fancy helicopter. I probably won’t have to be hauled from the bottom of the hill by an ambulance either.
While I am on the subject of ambulances, Grand County EMS will have an ambulance for touring purposes available at the next Kremmling Chamber after Hours mixer. The mixer will be on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Mountain Valley Medical Clinic and Memorial Hospital and will take place at the clinic. Please contact the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce with any questions.
I find building a fire and staying warm inside to be another of my favorite winter activities. Taking this into account, why would I propose winter to be a necessary experience of mountain life? I think it is because something changes when a person first hears the lonely sound of winter’s first cold wind carrying the thoughts of the isolation winter can often bring up here. I am sure it is a different experience in resort towns such as Winter Park than here in the Kremmling area.
Here winter can bring feelings of isolation and loneliness strong enough to make a person pack up and leave. I think if a person resists or despairs the coming of the snows, winter can be a frigid experience indeed. If an individual is able to embrace this time of year for its inherent beauty, this same experience can be transformed into a winter wonderland.
So much of the history of these mountains is intertwined with our winter experiences. I recently visited a home on Gore Pass that is built out of and old stagecoach depot. I can only imagine traversing the mountains by those means. Let me know how you approach the winters here. I hope everyone remembered that Tuesday was Veteran’s Day and though this column runs on Wednesday I would like to extend a belated Thank You to all veterans, but especially our local Patriots.
” Please contact Larry Ebersole with items of local interest by e-mail at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O Box 564, Kremmling,CO 80549.
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