Cyndi Palmer: What comes around, throws a round
A Face in the Crowd
The Orc Frisbee on the floor of my car has been begging me to go out and play. And, with the final melting of most of the snow on the heavily treed Frisbee golf course, I was able to oblige. Our party was also on the lookout for three discs we lost last fall, when we played for the first time after it started snowing.
Now my Frisbee’s happy, but my shoulder is a little disgruntled (I throw tomahawk style, but don’t let the short drives fool you). I usually shoot with a bunch of guys who can really wing ’em out there, so I was pleased to shoot par ” not a bad start for the first 18 “holes” of the season. Plus, the boys found two of the three lost discs.
I hear the Snow Mountain Ranch course still needs a little more time to dry out. I also heard the Winter Park Pub course is ready, but won’t be up for very long. There’s also the nine-hole basket course at the East Grand Middle School, an 18-hole course along the Colorado River in Pioneer Park in Hot Sulphur Springs (with a tournament scheduled during Hot Sulphur Days), and Winter Park Resort should be opening its hillside course when it re-opens for the summer June 14.
In other news, I got a cute e-mail from Cindy Rimmer and her Fraser Valley Elementary fourth graders. Because there are apparently no tree frogs in Grand County, the class, who enjoyed a educational presentation by Greg Horstman about boreal toads and chorus frogs, said it was probably chorus frogs that I enjoy listening to in the springtime (a correction to last week’s column). Rimmer even sent me a link to hear a recording of a chorus frog:
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/resources/james_harding/Pseudacris_triseriata.jpg/view.html. Boreal toads, which should be coming out of hibernation soon, sound much more like a bird chirping, she said. To hear a recording of a boreal toad visit http://www.californiaherps.com/frogs/pages/b.b.boreas.sounds.html.
Big items to look for this week, along with all the Memorial Day festivities this and next week, include the Grand Theatre’s encore performances of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe,” with company co-owner Kimberlee Nanda in the stage spotlight.
The museum in my hometown of Hot Sulphur Springs is also opening its doors with two new exhibits. One of my all-time favorite displays is a diorama of the historical commissioner shoot-out (between HSS and Grand Lake) for the county seat title. It is located in the old courthouse on the museum grounds. With museums closing around the country, it’s important to keep the Grand County’s rich history alive ” not to mention the museum doors open ” by showing your support.
When you’re out and about this week, ask “Hippie” Matt his secret ingredient to a good New Orleans gumbo (can you hear me now?), wish Dallas Lord a happy birthday ” and enjoy all the Memorial Day festivities.
Food for thought: “All we have of freedom, all we use or know ” this our fathers bought for us long and long ago.” – Rudyard Kipling, “The Old Issue,” 1899.
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