Kremmling " Teenagers: Yoou just never know |

Kremmling " Teenagers: Yoou just never know

Larry Ebersole / Kremmling Crossroads
Kremmling, Colorado

Every once in a while all circumstances can seem to point to an obvious conclusion ” and then the total opposite happens.

My wife and I experienced this last weekend for our son’s 13th birthday party. The potentially volatile combination of four middle school boys fueled by pizza and soda playing video games could have erupted in a large enough output of energy to power our home for the rest of the winter. I had steeled myself against this possibility and had my battle plan ready. I would pull my cover over my head and pretend to be asleep on the couch, thus letting Karen take care of it. Then the unexpected and possibly unexplainable happened. The boys had fun in a polite and rather quiet fashion. You just never know.

I received an extremely interesting e-mail from a lifelong resident of this area that was a blend of history and perspective on the mountain life. One of the great benefits of living in the Kremmling area is the fascinating stories its history holds on an individual and collective level. Part of this person’s perspective that I wanted to share with you is that the rural lifestyle that defines much of the settling of this area should not be mistaken for isolationism. While many people may have sought the rural life to escape the wild mining towns, they didn’t want to abandon people in general.

The rancher’s life in these sometimes harsh conditions required large tracts of land, so your neighbors were necessarily farther away than in many settlements. That distance did not change the concern and compassion for those who shared this living experience. This quality still exists and is exactly what I experienced in help from my neighbors that I wrote about last week. As much as things change, sometimes the best qualities stay the same.

I doubt I will get much in the way of neighborly help in catching the tagged fish at The Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing contest. Assuming it is not eaten by a bigger fish, there will be a tagged fish swimming under the ice on Feb. 14 that is worth quite a bit of money.

Another money-related matter is the basketball team that Kremmling is putting together to challenge the Harlem Ambassadors, who are coming to town on March 10. Those trying to make the squad will be around the community asking for donations to buy their way onto the team. Please be generous so the game can at least be close. The Kremmling Chamber of Commerce will have all the details for both events.

” Please continue to send items of local interest to Larry Ebersole at or P.O Box 564 Kremmling , CO 80459.

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