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"I’ll never do that again’

Thursday was a picture-perfect day. Mother Nature had graced us with almost two feet of snow, it was warm and sunny, and while bombs were dropping in Iraq, Summit County offered a slice of serenity.

When the storm warnings were posted on Monday, we were advised to stock up on provisions. Living in the High Country, where our services are geared toward adverse winter conditions, Chicken Little and I left the panic attacks to others.

I survived the effects of the blizzard just fine – until Thursday. Traffic heading south on Highway 9 through Breckenridge was bumper-to-bumper as Interstate 70 was closed.

Vehicular patience was nowhere to be found. To make a left-hand turn into the traffic flow, you needed to make the sign of the cross, close your eyes and gun it – not a pedestrian-appreciated maneuver.

To get to the post office, I traveled the scenic route via French Creek to find absolutely no lines (that’s a first) and no mail – for the third day in a row.

City Market was a consumer’s ghost town – hundreds of wandering souls and a solitary carton of eggs (thank goodness they still had Scooby Snacks, else my four-legged partner would make me suffer).

I couldn’t even get a refill at the pharmacy – which really is frightening when you’ve taken the last puff of your inhaler.

Both 7-Eleven and Loaf-N-Jug only had premium gas to sell and those supplies were dwindling fast – as was humanity in the gas lines). Oh, and forget about paying by credit card – the satellite system was down.

In the beauty of the mountains, where life seems to flow gracefully, I forgot how dependent we are on Front Range services.

The blizzard was a harsh – and thankfully humorous – reminder that when the news warns you to make provisions, you should.

And while I will still leave the matter of the sky to Chicken Little, the next time, I will get a few extra items, refill medications and tank-up. Chicken Little, I’ll never do that again.

The writer lives in Breckenridge

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