Hey Spike! sees them coming and going
Tourists – we host them and become them when we travel.
Bill’s Ranch resident Charlotte Clarke, and newlyweds Carol Barrons and Marty Strull of Silverthorne just returned from a Caribbean cruise to Grand Turk, St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Half Moon Cay.
They were joined by Nancy McCorkle of Indiana and Shirley Warner of Palm Springs, plus Charlotte’s new beau, David Null of Wrightwood, Calif.
“Who would believe I get hit on at my 50th high school reunion,” says Charlotte.
Highlights of their cruise:
“On a tour from St. Thomas to nearby St. John, we enjoyed the underwater nature trail. Some fish even stay by their signs,” explains Charlotte. “A highlight in San Juan was a rain forest walk and a night kayak to a bioluminescent lagoon. Half Moon Cay was our last stop and had the most heavenly beach – the water was the pure, aqua color of a Coke bottle – and a bar aptly called “I wish I could stay here forever.”
Here’s a snapshot in words of a couple who come out from Cincinnati, Ohio, The Rebels, Jerry and Sharyn.
“I am a semi-retired financial planner and Sharyn works four days a week as a nurse anesthetist at Bethesda Hospital,” Jerry says in an e-mail from his Bear’s Den Condo in downtown Frisco, which he is renting for a month from owners Matt and Kristen Moore of Granger, Ind.
“This is our fourth season skiing in Summit County, three of which staying at Bear’s Den,” Jerry says. “Because of the close proximity, we usually ski Breckenridge or Keystone, but we also love to ski Beaver Creek.
“Last year, I had two sets of friends come out for three nights each. They both loved it so much they both bought Colorado ski passes for themselves and also for their families,” he continues.
“This year was the best so far. Two other friends from Cincinnati came out on Feb. 5 to hike for a week,” he explains. “We hiked Shrine Pass out of Red Cliff, the Frisco Nordic Center with snowshoes and the Peaks Trail.”
“Also, we have a houseboat on Lake Cumberland in south-central Kentucky and were delighted to have several couples from the lake come out and join us. While some of us skied, others went tubing at Keystone. The following day we went snowmobiling up at Aspen Canyon Ranch and then over to soak at the Hot Sulphur Springs. This was a great time for everyone,” Jerry details.
Here are those Lake Cumberland friends’ names: Lori and Travis Brown of Versailles, Kty.; Gary and Dianne Williams of Centerville, Ohio; Dan and Beverly Rench of Covington, Ohio, and their sons Brad and Tyler; and Ron and Angie Shafer of Charlotte, N.C.
“Sharyn’s boss, Dr. Jean-Paul Matter, who also came out last year, bought a season pass. Ordinarily, he goes back to his motherland of France to ski, but after finding out how great it is here and how easy it is to get here – direct flight from Cincy to Denver) – he has been out here six times so far this season,” he notes.
Sharyn also had six of the other docs and anesthetists join them.
Others in the Bethesda Hospital group included: Dr. Jay Weller, Dr. Brian Singstock, Dr. Jean-Paul Matter, Scott Moschel, CRNA; Dr. Uli Tandock, and Dr. Babak Khabiri.
“One day while skiing Beaver Creek, Sharyn and I ran into an old friend we had not seen in over 15 years. Nancy Hughes and I started with the National Ski Patrol back in 1988. She is now an instructor at Beaver Creek,” says Jerry.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our vacation here and are already making plans to return next year,” Jerry says.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years.
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