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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column weighing where to go.

Yep, it’s that time of year. Mud season, 2-for-1s and vacations. We’re deciding what to do with our time off and are thinking about just staying around Frisco to enjoy the one week a year when there are 5,000 less people around.

And all the low-priced food. We’ve eaten more real meals in local restaurants in the last week than we did all winter. You just can’t make garlic mashed potatoes at home the way the chefs do.

So, we’ll sit around, rub our bellies and watch the grass grow. That ought to take a while.

But what will we say to people who ask, “What did you do on vacation?”

We can’t just answer, “Nothing much. Sat around, ate a lot and counted blades of grass instead of tourists.”

We need to pause a moment and confer with our 8 ball.

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We want to make sure those of you who have home mail delivery (lucky ducks) know that on Saturday, the U.S. Postal Service is conducting a food drive. To participate, place a plastic bag of canned and nonperishable food items next to your box in the morning and the mailman will accept the food in exchange for your mail.

This is a nationwide program, and we’re pretty sure those who designed it don’t live in bear country. Those items most delectable to bears ” we mean needed by food banks ” are canned meats, soups, fruits and vegetables and dry/non-perishable packaged items with lots of protein and carbohydrates like powdered milk, pasta, cereals and dried packaged vegetables like mashed potatoes and stuffing, according to the postal service, which says that about 1.3 pounds of food equates to one full meal. These USPS employees mustn’t go backpacking, either.

Last year, letter carriers collected 71.3 million pounds of food (you do the math). And we’re pretty sure that only fed a small family of bears and about 100 squirrels.

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We’re out deciding whether it’s OK to shun vacations when the local economy depends on tourism …


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