Cathy Walton-Smith: You live in Grand County when … |

Cathy Walton-Smith: You live in Grand County when …

Cathy Walton-Smith
View from the Lake

One of the requirements for living in Grand County is that you must get stuck in a snowbank every year.

It doesn’t take much. Just a little layer of ice hiding under our snowpacked roads, and a nice sunny day to soften up the top layer allowing for no traction ” even for us with new tires and 4-wheel-drive.

In the past, I’ve managed to get stuck in my own driveway, in friends’ driveways, kept going straight when I was steering around a bend, parked too far off the road at the Daven Haven, taken too sharp of a turn at Caroline’s Cuisine, high centered my car when I had no idea it was that deep, lost traction going uphill, lost control going downhill, slid off of Dead Man’s Curve . . . the list goes on.

This time, I was trying to forge a trail through a driveway that was drifted shut. It wasn’t deep. I would have been fine except for that slight curve … and there was also that no traction thing.

As I’m trying to reach Sir Galahad on my cell phone, a passing backhoe driver stopped to clear away some of the snow. Then, my neighbor showed up in his truck to help me out. The backhoe left, saying he’d help on the way back if we needed him.

My neighbor backed in, hooked me up and couldn’t get me loose. He shoveled away the snow and couldn’t

get me loose. Then, he got himself stuck.

While the two of us stood there scratching our heads, another neighbor happened by. Fortunately, Kyle from Never Summer, has much experience in these matters. He effortlessly pulled out the neighbor’s truck, then pulled me out.

A damsel in distress rescued once again.

I love Grand County ” when in need, you never have to wait long for a backhoe to pass by … or guys in trucks.

I hear the snow is fantastic for cross country skiing at the Grand Lake Touring Center.

They also have skis and snowshoes for rent with lessons available to get you started.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, enter the 30th Annual Grand Lake Classic Race. The 1k, 5k and 10k freestyle races are fun for the whole family. Or, enjoy the beauty of skiing under the full moon that night with a warm campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows.

The clubhouse restaurant is open for lunch Friday through Monday for soup and chili.

It’s all part of the Grand Lake Snowshoe Festival. In addition, there will, of course, be a snowshoe race, the Kauffman House Museum will be open, and the first Concert in the Pines of the new year is that evening. Organizers are in need of volunteers to help direct racers along the course. Call Tim at (970) 531-1740.

The Grand Arts Council presents the first Concert in the Pines as part of the Snowshoe Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Historic Grand Lake Community House. Brad Pregeant and Friends plays upbeat favorites we all know and love. Enjoy a glass of wine with the concert. Admission is $10-adults, $5-under 12 at the door. The Community House is in the center of the Grand Lake Town Park.

Ladies, get in shape along with me. Join the Goddess Workout. Learn low-impact isolation movements designed to firm, contour, build core strength and spinal alignment. Two, new, five-week sessions begin today, Jan 10, and continue through Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Granby Rec Center, and Mondays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Lake Community House. For more information, call me at (970) 887-2995. Sponsored by the Grand Arts Council and Granby Recreation.

Winter Carnival is coming up on Feb. 2. King and Queen candidates need to think about getting started on their fundraising. Call Doris Braun at (970) 627-5099 to sponsor a King and Queen. Enter your team in the bedsled races, form a human bowling crew, plan to dress in theme (The Age or Aquarius) for the Mardi Gras Ball. Volunteers are needed to help out at all events. Call Suzi Maki at (970) 531-1914.

Let the sun shine in.

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