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Warm Ovaltine beckons when that cold Kremmling wind blows

Larry Ebersole / Kremmling Crossroads
Kremmling, Colorado

As the wind manages to fill my freshly plowed driveway with snow drifts I could ski off, I know I liked playing in the stuff as a kid but I don’t really remember what was so exiting about being wet and cold. I bet I would have liked to live up here as a kid.

Instead I was in Minnesota, which certainly had its own share of snow for the winter.

Each time my son can’t wait to get outside and play in the powder I catch myself asking why would you want to do that? Both our dogs love to play in the deepest snow they can find to dive into. So my main snow sport is taking them out to play in the cold stuff while my mind wanders back to the warm fireplace and hot mug of Ovaltine I left inside.

I had never even tried Ovaltine before watching A Christmas Story; now I drink it compulsively this time of year. Maybe that will be my New Year’s resolution this year, to drink more Ovaltine. The stuff is good for you and as I have never made a resolution before, I should start out easy. I have never actually paid much attention to New Year’s Day as a holiday before, so maybe Ovaltine will change that.

Back to the fun in the snow, I have found that if I take time to read the tracks left in it, it can be a great storyteller. One of our dogs has always darted off for a private adventure through the woods around us, and it finally occurred to me this season to follow his trail through the snow. I admit to being more than just a little excited to finally find what he has been up to. It turns out he mainly runs one direction sniffing a lot of things and then he turns around and comes back after awhile. I am not sure which of us is actually lacking the excitement in their lives.

This is the time of year we usually have family from out of state coming to get just a little taste of life in Kremmling during the winter season. My wife’s parents are coming out to visit from Wichita, Kan., and will be trying out the Base Camp Cabins I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

The fun outdoors will pick up again in a few weeks with the upcoming ice races and the big ice fishing contest. I will have all the details on the upcoming activities next week.

I would like to mention the passing of another longtime community member. Alden Lynd lived from May 30, 1920, until December 17, 2008.

I also received an e-mail from a community member who has moved on to Vernal, Utah. Nelle Eastin Heeney still reads the Middle Park Times to keep up on local happenings. I think this is one of the great aspects of any great community, when what is happening there still matters to you even if you don’t live in the middle of it anymore. In the end it makes whatever part you play in your community worthwhile.

” Please continue to fill me in on items of local interest and update me on local events at Amentalengineer@cs.com or P.O. Box 564 in Kremmling, CO 80459.

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