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Cyndi Palmer: Summer sun means family fun

Cyndi Palmer
A Face in the Crowd

Florida’s nice every now and then (especially in the winter), but there’s nothing like Grand County ” any time of year. It’s good to be back and with all the entertainment lined up, this summer’s going to be hot, hot, hot.

I was sorry to miss all the Memorial Day festivities, but my big brother had plenty of adventures for me as an entertainment guru ” a stop at the Salvador Dalî Museum, tubing down a fresh-water river, snorkeling, jet skiing, knee boarding, and the new Indiana Jones movie topped the list. I also tried boiled peanuts ” a big thing down there ” but haven’t really formed an opinion one way or another, just something new to try.

The day before I flew back to Colorful Colorado also included some excitement I could have done without. While gearing up on the knee board, my brother stepped on a stingray and had to go to the hospital for an x-ray and antibiotics.

I was appreciative for the time with him and his wife (and am glad he’s OK), as summertime to me means family and family fun ” road trips, camping, waterparks, Elitch Gardens and Lakeside, picnics and reunions. My (late) great uncle “Petey” and his family always came to Grand Lake around Memorial Day to march with his friend “Nursie” Young and the other Pearl Harbor Survivors. They’d stay at her Kickapoo Lodge (which celebrates 100 years this summer) and we’d always get together while they were visiting those first few weeks of June.

Our family found it enchanting that Young, who just happened to be my elementary school nurse, also knew great uncle Pete. He was always one of my favorite relatives with an amazing sense of humor and a lot of patience. As one of his favorite little mischief makers, I used to get rides on his shoulders at summer family reunions and would swipe off his toupee and swirl it around in the air.

As an adult, I’ve learned to save the shenanigans for special occasions ” focusing all that energy into healthy avenues. The Saturday before I flew out, I was back at the Frisbee golf course (par again, argh!) and it was sunny, then snowing, then sunny again. It was nice to come back to the area in all its springtime/summer splendor, but I better get my game on with V.J. Valente setting up for a tournament during the Hot Sulphur Days next weekend. The basket course, mostly par threes with one par four, runs along the Colorado River in Pioneer Park.

Other things to check out (and some literally from the library) include Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s summer lineup in Grand Lake (I’ve heard tickets are already selling out for some nights), animation “Kung Fu Panda” starring Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, which starts at the Silver Screen Cinema in Winter Park tonight, and “P.S. I Love You” and “I Am Legend” are already available at the Grand County libraries.

Food for thought: “I remember how my great uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.” – Jack Handy.

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