Day – There’s a lot to miss until the mud season
Grand County, CO Colorado
Bon Voyage: This will be my last Talk of the Valley column for a couple months. I’m off pursuing new business opportunities in March and April.
It’s been great fun writing about the comings and goings in the east end of Grand County and very fulfilling seeing the response some of my items generated.
There will be plenty more to come in the future. Look for this column to return in May. I’m probably the only Valley resident who leaves when the snow is at its best and returns in time for mud season, but when opportunities arise, I say follow them.
There are hundreds if not thousands of seasonal and part-time residents in this area who think nothing of coming and going for several months at a time, but leaving it for an extended period is a big deal to me. There are so many things I’ll miss:
Friends. Those who choose to live here make the best friends, the ones who don’t even think twice before saying, “Here, use my car while yours is in the shop.” Or, “Sure, I’ll stay at your place while you’re away.” Or simply, “How can I help?” when anything bothersome arises. They laugh at my stupid jokes and make me laugh at theirs. They tell me when I need to just shut up or when I need to take a stand.
Scenery. Have you noticed the Alpenglow along the divide on recent evenings? It’s got to be one of the most beautiful sights on earth and it always makes me feel privileged to live here. So does a full moon over Byers Peak just before dawn, red and orange winter sunrises, moose just standing around the marshy area behind my home, even the drive over Berthoud Pass.
Springtime on the Slopes. This past week of bluebird days and fresh powder makes it really hard to leave without a few final turns down the Mary Jane Trail and one last lift ride up to Parsenn Bowl. Really, does it get any better than inches of pow under a sunny sky?
Spring Splash. Is there anything more hilarious than watching skiers and boarders dodge the painful-looking obstacle course, barreling downhill and hitting ice-cold water at the base of Winter Park Resort? All of the other festivities and Mike Turner’s broadcasts make closing day so much fun.
Small Town Vibes. I’m going somewhere considerably more populated. Somewhere with a Trader Joe’s. Somewhere that sells wine in grocery stores. Somewhere that doesn’t require an hour-and-a-half drive to get to Costco. All of that appeals to me, but what I’ll miss is walking into stores or restaurants and knowing just about everyone by name, waving at most people I drive by because I really do know them, having local servers know what I like to eat or drink.
Please continue to keep in touch. I’m on so many e-mail lists and have so many news alerts set up that I’ll surely still have great tidbits that interest local readers. I’ll pass them all along to others at the paper to make sure you all know what’s becoming the talk of the Valley.
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