An irony of mountain life in Kremmling " neighbors come in handy
Sometimes the best qualities in mountain living are found in the very things many living here have sought to avoid ” namely, neighbors.
Americans in general tend to be private people, even those living in densely populated cities and suburbs spread throughout our country. Life in the mountains can often have a sense of solace or even isolation, which is part of the idea of getting away from it all many of us seek by living here. It turns out that no matter where you go to get away, it comes with its own unique set of problems that are best solved by having good neighbors.
Even before moving to the Kremmling area we had plenty of experience living in the high country. On our journey from the southern end of the Rockies we stopped and tried living in a couple of regular old neighborhoods along the way. Tried being the operative word, we were uncomfortable living so close to everyone. It did not take long to make our way back into the high country where we felt at home, and I doubt we will go back down again. The funny thing is that a big part of what keeps us in the Kremmling area is the kindness of our neighbors.
My string of bad luck the last two weeks has gone a long way in teaching me that neighbors in the mountains do not have to be people living close by. There seems to be a neighborly attitude that dwells in the shared knowledge of the mountain living experience. Whatever the reason for this attitude’s existence, it has saved me the last two weeks. Regardless of the conditions we have lived in, getting our vehicles stuck or otherwise immobilized has never been a problem for me. Over the last 14 days I have managed to get three different vehicles into various stages of snow burials and ditch hang-ups, one vehicle twice. Somehow I have paid for all my years of good luck all at once. It has been the kindness of neighbors that has helped me out of each bind.
Some of these neighbors I know, some I met for the first time as they stopped to help me out. We may have mined most of the gold and silver out of these mountains already, but there are still treasures to be found. I can only say thank you to my neighbors and I hope I can help you out in return. Too bad that will mean your luck has gotten as bad as mine.
Our West Grand Middle School Brain Bowl team will be heading down to Boulder on Saturday for their next competition. Here’s hoping they will continue their recent success.
Don’t forget about the Ice Fishing contest at Wolford Mountain Reservoir in February. It should be fun even if you don’t catch the tagged fish.
Plan on an evening with the Harlem Globetrotters, who will be in Kremmling on March 10. Contact the Kremmling Chamber of Commerce for details on both events.
“Please continue to let me know about any items of local interest at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O Box 564 Kremmling, CO 80459.
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