How can you not gape? |

How can you not gape?

I was on French Street this week and was dismayed to see a bumper sticker on a well-used SUV that said “Gapers Go Home.” And Monday I was reading the Summit Daily and was dismayed when reading a column that said the best season is September and October when the tourists leave.

Just what kind of Breckenridge spirit is that all about?

We live in Breck part-time, and the absolute worst thing that could happen to our family is to forget to gape at the incredible beauty and majesty of these mountains and this historic town, followed by a feeling of being treated like an outsider who nobody wants in their precious town.

What attracted us to Breck (versus several other Colorado towns we have visited) is the broad spectrum of viewpoints and lifestyles, the down-to-earth atmosphere, the friendliness, the history and the unmatched glory of the mountain range. It brings out the best in our family, and even after all these years, we’re still gapers. Thank God we’ve not become immune to the beauty nor snobby enough to not gape for fear of anyone thinking we’re visitors.

I think it is vital that the town spirit remain “Gapers Welcome … Isn’t it glorious?” versus becoming just another place where tourists are treated like a pain in the seat of your ski pants and it’s considered strange to gape at the glory of this place. The town pride should never become ignorance of the beauty nor intolerance toward visitors who are also here marveling at the majesty of the place.

I love being friendly to the visitors and sharing their first look at this incredible town and mountain range. I hope most others who live here feel the same and want to share our special town, and don’t just hold their breath until September when the gapers go home.

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