When the heat and humidity rise in Alabama and the Southerners begin living in the air conditioned cocoons of their cars, offices and homes, Dick and Carolyn Brown’s thoughts turn to the crisp mountain summers of Summit County.Nine months of the year in Huntsville is plenty. By the time May rolls around, the excitement builds for the couple’s annual three-month stay at their second home in Frisco.The Browns got turned on to mountain life during a six-year stint in Switzerland, when Dick was working in computer science for the United Nations. When they returned to America, they sought a spot that reminded them of the Alps – so why not in the shadow of the Continental Divide? Frisco became their second home.You have two residences. Do you feel like you have two lives?Dick: “We have so many friends here that are in the same situation we’re in, they come out here for the summers and enjoy it. We’ve met most of them through the senior center.
“We don’t have that many close friends (in Alabama) because they don’t care to do the same things we do. They’re involved in their own little closed set and their church.”We have more close friends that we’ve acquired during the time we’ve been here than we do back there.” How much did you use the place before you retired?Dick: “With America’s work ethic, you don’t get that much vacation time, so we’d come out here a week in the winter and a week in the summer. That’s about all we could do until I retired (in 2001).”
Are you excited now that you can use it a little more?Carolyn: “I think as soon as it turns warm in April it’s time to come out.”What’s your favorite thing to do while you’re here?Dick: “We love the concerts, the festivals. We like just about every kind of music except hard rock and rap. And hiking. We go out with the senior groups.
Favorite trailsDick: “Our favorite is Shrine Pass, and we like Lily Pad Lake.”Carolyn: “Mayflower Gulch and McCullough Gulch. There’s so many good trails here. You could hike every day and still not get them all.”Do you think about moving here full time?Dick: “Yes, we sure do. We’ve never been that infatuated with Alabama. We don’t know if we could handle the slush season, but we want to try.”- Jason Starrfirstname.lastname@example.org
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