Summit Up 2-23-11: Favorite column of the New Zealand skink |

Summit Up 2-23-11: Favorite column of the New Zealand skink

Joni Ellis writes: Back in Summit now, but wanted you to know that we read the SDN while tramping around New Zealand. Took a little Summit County with us by putting an A-Basin sticker on our rental van! By the way, that's a New Zealand skink painted on the van.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that has a recommendation for all you locals weary of the busy season so far: Take a walk in the woods! Sometimes we forget that, on a nice, sunny day, the busier hiking trails near town are pretty well packed down, and there’s no reason not to take advantage of it. We did on Tuesday, and it was so refreshingly crisp out there … we felt like we’d eaten an entire case of York Peppermint Patties (minus the calories and what have ya).Only one bummer, as usual: dog poop all over the place. Is there no place to escape the deadly piles??? Come on people!***Speaking of critters, we ran some photos of some critter tracks someone sent in yesterday and asked if anyone could ID them. They looked like they might belong to a large predator (or someone with a gag large-predator-track-maker tool from Acme), but we don’t know much about such things. Our readers are smart, though, and they weighed in.Karen Shackles wrote thusly on our Facebook page:”Nothing to be afraid of. Raccoons, weasel family, beavers and bears all have five toes front and back, so you can rule them out. These prints clearly show four toes front and rear, which means dog, cat or rabbit family. Cats retract their claws, so the unretracted claw prints mean you can rule them out as well, leaving dog or rabbit. The elongated rear print indicates rabbit, probably a snowshoe hare.”Cary Piecoup, who wins the Summit Up Cool Name O’ the Day Award, wrote as such:”I think the first one is the same as the animal print below, and maybe the ‘dog’ slid, thereby making the track appear larger and different.”Or you can just go with our theory: Malevolent alien creature that just wants to pin ya down and lay an egg in your stomach.***Thanks to the fantabulous Joni Ellis for the photo from New Zealand above. We like the fact that her rental van on it had a skink painted on it. You don’t see that just any old day!Also, we’re happy Joni wasn’t anywhere near the earthquake that hit the country Monday and would like to send waves of good karma and best wishes to the folks in that part of New Zealand. Scary stuff.***And now some bad song lyrics. Run away, do NOT read this. Run FAR away NOW.Havin’ My Babyby Paul AnkaHavin’ my babyWhat a lovely way of sayin’ how much you love meHavin’ my babyWhat a lovely way of sayin’ what you’re thinkin’ of meI can see it, face is glowin’I can see in your eyes, I’m happy you know itThat you’re havin’ my babyYou’re the woman I love and I love what it’s doin’ to yaHavin’ my babyYou’re a woman in love and I love what’s goin’ through yaThe need inside you, I see it showin’Whoa, the seed inside ya, baby, do you feel it growin’?Are you happy you know it? That you’reHavin’ my babyI’m a woman in love and I love what it’s doin’ to meHavin’ my babyI’m a woman in love and I love what’s goin’ through meDidn’t have to keep itWouldn’t put ya through itYou could have swept it from you lifeBut you wouldn’t do it, no, you wouldn’t do itSound of applause. Yes, terrible, terrible! Couldn’t be worse! What was Paul Anka thinking anyway?Sorry about all that, but we were running low on ideas and we always have a lot of space to fillon free pie day!We out.

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