Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is really going to miss our wonderful rivers during the winter months.
As summer draws to a close, the days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and the rivers around Colorado are getting lower. We are sure there are many of you river rats out there that can relate to our heartache when we are forced to hang up the PFD for the winter and put away the paddle until next summer.
Though we are looking forward to hitting the slopes in a just a matter of time, there is just something about being out on the river that doesn’t compare to any powder day.
Listening to the sound of the rushing water, it gets louder and louder as we approach the rapid. Our palms start to sweat, our heart rate begins to race, but we love the adrenaline and use our nervous energy to attack the waves. The freezing cold water splashes in our faces and eyes but we don’t even notice. It feels good. We are so focused on where the river will take us and how we will fight the powerful stream to avoid drowning, rocks and cliffs.
It’s just about that time to put away the kayak for the season. Hopefully we will get a couple more trips in before the snow starts to fly, but each trip will be more bittersweet than the last, knowing that the banks of these rivers will soon be covered in snow and we will have to wait until next summer to run them again.
We wanted to give a farewell to the rivers that have been so good to us this summer, flowing so high and giving us some of the most thrilling days of our lives. So long rivers, we will be reunited soon.
Another summer good-bye we have to mention is to our beloved Island Grille at the Frisco Marina. You gave us so many fun summer evenings and quenched our thirst to perfection every single time we visited. When it comes to relaxing in a beautiful setting, nothing beats sitting at the marina with a mai tai in hand. Well, unless we were sitting on a sandy beach in Hawaii with a mai tai in hand but hey, we’ll take what we can get.
We don’t mean to depress anyone but as we stepped outside our door this morning and decided we better go back and grab a jacket it made us realize all the summer joys in Summit County that will very shortly be taken from us and how desperately we will miss them.
On to the next season, the changing of the aspens and soon the falling of the snow.
Not to worry though, our seat at the Island Grille will be back before we know it and soon enough we’ll be back in our flip flops and on our bikes.
We’ll be able to stroll down Main Street after nine at night and see the sun as it disappears behind the mountain tops.
Until then, we’ll be sitting in the dark at five and bundling up in our down blankets in front of the fire.
Oh, how we will miss you summer.
We out, soaking up the last couple days of summer.
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