Larry Ebersole: Good to see hunters showing up in the Kremmling area
The sky can be as deep a blue as to rival the ocean, empty of even an airplane exhaust trail and I will still watch the horizon suspiciously.
I know that there must be at least one solitary cloud lurking behind a mountaintop somewhere, and soon that cloud will seem to be aimlessly adrift and yet it will end up blocking the sun.
I know that in reality that cloud doesn’t willfully act with the intent of ruining my moment, it just seems that way. One of my favorite activities is to sit outside and read while absorbing the warm sunlight and once I become attached to that experience it is hard to adjust when that cloud shows up. Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned from living in the mountains is to accept those changes and adapt, or at the very least, acknowledge the inevitable changes with indifference. I am learning to apply this approach actively.
This last week, I woke up extra early to head out to the shooting range near Byers Canyon with plans to spend the better part of the morning target shooting. When I left our house it was bright and sunny but as I approached the range I saw it, that cloud had figured out where I was headed. It looked so dark and stormy, I almost turned around in defeat. I made the decision to continue as the weather at the range could be clear, and if not it would certainly change quickly anyway. As it turned out, the clouds completely bypassed the shooting range and I had a perfect morning. Except that I forgot about hunting season starting on Saturday and the place was packed.
Living in Kremmling, it doesn’t make sense to curse the snow as we depend on it for most of our water supply. As I visited with many of the hunters I met at the range I had a similar realization. I thought about how much our local economy depends on them and made a point to thank them for choosing the Kremmling area as they could have chosen to go somewhere else. Sometimes having to adapt isn’t such a bad thing.
Speaking of which, I also learned from a reader that the hummingbirds I was looking for are simply adapting and have headed down to Mexico and South America for the winter. I hope their hummingbird feeders are ready down there.
It is Spirit Week for the Kremmling schools. The seventh and eighth grade music students will be playing with the high school band for their big weekend. They will be performing the Star Spangled Banner, Rawhide and the school’s fight song at the West Grand High Mustang’s game on Friday.
My son will be playing the trombone, so I hope to see everyone there.
Please continue to send items of local interest to Larry Ebersole at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O Box 564, Kremmling, CO 80459.
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