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Summit up

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that hiked up Buffalo Mountain on Monday to celebrate our own independence.From time to time, we get the question, “How do you know you’re the only daily column to do that?” and our usual reply is, “Our telepathic energies only filter in new, original ideas …” but that’s mostly hogwash.This time, however, we knew for sure, because the only other guy up on Buffalo on Monday (and we were up there for a while) was talking on his cell phone to someone, and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t an editor waiting on a column.But this column was up there to get a different perspective on Summit County and to avoid cell phones and, along the way, we noticed one, glaring detail: It was crowded down there.We mean, it was really crowded. This county was packed with revelers of all shapes and sizes, although they all looked like ants to us. The interstate was bumper-to-bumper and the morning parades had the towns filled to the brim.Everyone, apparently, does love a parade.But we love the mountains, too, and while we were up there, friends of Summit Up asked us about life in the county, whether we truly liked it, etc. We paused for a moment. We looked out at the reservoir, the boats, the green mountains, the glorious Tenmile Range and, we decided we didn’t want to be anywhere else … until the mosquitoes came.They were celebrating their independence too, apparently, by having a barbecue on our arms. But, before the infestation, we learned something important about living in the county: It’s good to change your perspective as much as possible and, for every ensuing Fourth, we will be climbing a mountain.And then, as tradition dictates, we’ll watch the skies explode and ignite in a fiery ball of patriotism.***Apologies for this (we were too busy looking for fireworks, apparently), but a belated SHOUT OUT goes out to Randy Hills at Q4U, whose fiance called and said her man was working hard all holiday weekend.Randy, we think you owe your lady a kiss on the cheek.***Felicitaciones!Summit High School alumnus Sage Petersen was named to the spring dean’s list at Fort Lewis College. Petersen majors in Spanish.To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must attain a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in not less than 14 hours of graded credit, and must have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.Felicitaciones!***It’s Wednesday, and we’re out buying bug spray. Leave us a voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 257, or an e-mail at summitup@summitdaily.com.


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