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Special to the DailyBreckenridge Elementary School teacher Wendy Blasingame, who is in Japan on a fellowship, sends us this colorful submission to our summer "Postcards from Pretty Places" gallery. Arigatou, Ms. Blasingame! Dewa mata suguni ne!
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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column celebrating Americans on vacation.

We enjoy spotting the friendly faces and foreign license plates on our way to work. The diversity of cultures is splendid, and the financial impacts of tourism on our community are essential.

Still, we must ask that you visitors exercise caution.



We have majestic distractions and frequent curves along our roads, which can lead to severe accidents, even without ice and snow. With Dillon Dam Road now closed, traffic increases elsewhere will no doubt increase probability of collisions.

The pull-offs along Dillon Reservoir on Colorado 9 near Farmer’s Korner are great for leg stretches and photos.



They’re also in a 50 mph speed zone.

One of our charming corporate staffers reports three close calls along this brief stretch in the past month.

Heavy braking has forced coffee mugs, knicknaks and paperwork onto his floorboards, as SUVs and vans enter the narrow, curvaceous two-lane road without notice.

So for the sake of our newly drycleaned trousers and our desire to keep the car from smelling like a coffee house, please note that Summit County’s capable bus systems connect most communities from Copper to Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge to Silverthorne.

They’re free, which helps with gas budgets as well as eco-footprints.

Plus, they make it much easier to take those priceless photos without making neurotic motorists cringe.

It’s a great season to travel, and we plan to take a vacation some time, too ” like maybe to the beach.

By the way, if you’re going somewhere special, please bring along a copy of this publication. Send us a smiling photo of yourself with it, and we’ll find a place for it on this page, just like we have today with this colorful photo of Breckenridge school teacher Wendy Blasingame in Japan. Submissions may be made to summitup@summitdaily.com.


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