Grand Lake " Travel deal was no bargain |

Grand Lake " Travel deal was no bargain

Travel just ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. A couple of months ago, I decided I could go to my niece’s wedding in Salt Lake City, so I bought a ticket on Southwest Airlines for what turned out to be a very reasonable price ” about half of what it would cost to drive. The flight is only about an hour and 15 minutes ” plus the two and a half hour drive to the airport ” the shuttle from the long term parking ” the two hours at DIA prior to take off for checking in and getting to the gate.

Then, upon arrival, there’s the half-hour to get the luggage, an hour to wait for my sister to arrive, an hour to get the rental car and a half-hour drive to the hotel. After 10-plus hours, I had reached my destination. By then I was hungry (the peanuts had long since worn off). While stopped for some fast food, I met a couple who had driven that morning from Cheyenne, Wyo., and got there in the same amount of time (or less?). Add in the price of the rental car and tell me ” did I really save anything?

Get well wishes go out to Nita Cole, who is in St. Joseph’s Hospital recovering from recent surgery.

If you’re watching the progress of Zack Peterson since his recent car crash, all news and updates are posted on his CarePages Web site. Just go to and click on the “visit” button under sign in where you will create a log-in name and password. Then click on the “visit” button at the top of the page and type “zackpeterson” in the search space. Zack is now in the Craig Rehabilitation center in Denver with visits restricted to weekends. Donations are still being accepted to an account in his name at any Grand Mountain Bank location.

Saturday is History Day at the Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake. Come from 1-3 p.m. and meet some of the early residents and guests of the Kauffman House, and enjoy some old-time refreshments as well. Local “actors” are going to be dressed up and playing the roles of some of the Kauffman family and guests. Admission is by donation, as usual.

The first of several programs scheduled for August at the Grand Lake Juniper Library is Wednesday, Aug. 6; at 6:30 p.m. Our Men of the Mountains will be a fascinating oral history presented by five key Grand Lake heroes of WW II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Speakers will be locals Chuck Illsley, Robert Seaton, Joe Recktenwald, Jimmy DeLoach and David Arnold. A sixth man, Harry Strawn, is recently deceased, but some of his story will be presented also. Their book, Our Men of the Mountains, by Avis Gray, will be for sale as a benefit to the Rotary Club of Grand Lake. Light refreshments will be served.

The Brown Bag Book Group will meet at the Juniper Library on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. They will discuss Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Marquez. You still have a couple weeks to read this Nobel Prize-winning work and bring your lunch and join a lively discussion.

Tomorrow, we’re in August, marking the beginning of the end of summer. The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre summer season comes to an end on Aug. 16, with and the fall production of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” opens Aug. 22. This weekend catch the Youth Theatre Production shows at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Sunday. You’ll be amazed at what our local 11-13 year olds have learned from the RMRT professionals this summer. Tickets are on sale at the box office in Town Park.

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Save Sunday, Aug. 31, For Tombstone Tales. Tickets will be going on sale soon for this annual re-enactment of historic characters at our own Grand Lake Cemetery. Shows are starting earlier this year in an effort to avoid the risk of a downpour.

Celebrate the heat wave in Grand Lake.

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