Escaping to peace and solitude in Silverthorne |

Escaping to peace and solitude in Silverthorne

Summit County, ya gotta love it. You can’t get away, even when you’re getting away. Tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about.

I’d lived in Summit County for two months and was exploring the land around me. Everything was so new, so intriguing! I was like a tiny child, exploring everything around me – things I’d never seen in my life! Things like the Continental Divide! The Colorado River! My old roommate from college – what?! Michelle?! You live here, too?! Nope. Just visiting.

I’ve run into my next-door neighbor – in Notre Dame.

I ran into fellow firefighters in Black Hawk once when I was trying to get away from hanging out with fellow firefighters.

I was diving on a boat on a tiny island in the Carribean – with a nurse from Glenwood Springs, a couple from Minturn, an attorney from Vail Resorts and a woman from Silverthorne who, although I did not know her, recognized me from my photo in the paper.


Just last weekend, while strolling historic Main Street in Park City, Utah, a woman called my name: A former freelance photographer.

I ran into an MIA stepsister at Chief Hosa Campground outside Golden after a Grateful Dead concert.

I cannot get away. Not for one minute, not no way, not no how.

I was making plans to go to Yap, a tiny island in the South Pacific whose name was created by throwing the alphabet against a wall and seeing what stuck.

“Apy!” the natives said. “Pay! Yap – Yes, that’s it! Yap!”

Soon, it became all the rage for my friends to go to tiny islands in Micronesia. Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, even tiny Kapingamarangi Atoll.

“You’re going to Micronesia, too?” they ask. “Whatever could be the odds? See you there!”

It’s taken all summer, but I think I’ve figured out a way to avoid everyone I know. I’m going to Silverthorne.

Yup. I live in Breckenridge and work in Frisco. Anyone who lives or works in any of the northerly climes of the county knows people from – sniff! – Breckenridge don’t bother (dahling) to venture to the likes of Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon or – God forbid – Keystone.

I know, I know. I didn’t believe it either. Oh, I heard all about Breckenridge’s snob factor.

I listened in disbelief as people related true stories about Breckies who wouldn’t on their mother’s life travel outside the Kingdom unless it was to go to a Broncos game in Denver or a gala event at the Denver Performing Arts Center.

Then I began working at the north end of the county. And I noticed … well, I didn’t know anybody. I can attend an event at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge and know everyone in attendance.

But if I go to a comedy show at Park Lane Pavilion in Silverthorne – I don’t recognize a soul. Better yet, they don’t recognize me.

They’re a whole “nother kind of people down there. They don’t have the same jokes we have in Breckenridge.

They drink Pabst; we drink Fat Tire. They tend to skew on the young side of life; the folks with whom I hang in Breckenridge have a few years under their collective belts. They rip on Keystone and we rip on … OK, so we do have something in common.

But every single time I went to a Keystone, Silverthorne or Dillon event, I couldn’t find a soul I knew. These towns could become my secret hideaway! I’d have a secure place to escape from the masses of Breckenridge! I could go where nobody knows my name!

What a concept! The freedom! The anonymity of it all! The – Mom? Is that … you? What are you doing here?

I just can’t get away.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or We can’t say much more about Jane’s travels, but she is often away from her desk.

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