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For years, we’ve felt that our skills as a mountain woman were up to par. We own a tent, sleeping bag and rain tarp … and we’ve used these items on more than one occasion. We’ve gone on canoe trips, gotten stung by angry bees (on our bum), and even deuced in the woods.
But last Sunday, our skills were overshadowed by an even more ambitious mountain woman, a friend who appeared on MTV’s True Life special: I’m Living Off the Grid ” Ms. Ginny Lane.
We watched her eat an animal heart and fish guts, wash her underlayers in a creek, hunt frogs and squirrels, as well as wear many strange and disheveled “mountain woman” hairdos resembling birds’ nests of various sizes … all while living in the woods outside Three Lakes, Wisc., for a year (including winter), starting last May.
Being voted “Most Likely to Sleep in a Tent” on Facebook simply doesn’t count to us anymore. We’ve truly been out-performed and thus, we’ve come up with a few ways to toughen up while remaining in “civilized” society. We fully intend to:
Start sleeping with our windows open; shower every other day in cold water; set up our tent indoors and sleep in it while listening to a relaxing night soundscape on our CD player; and forage for food (in our pantry), eating those items that one never wants to eat, like canned green beans and porridge.
In other news, the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver notified our Corporate Suite that in observance of “Columbus Day,” its office will be closed on Monday. The consulate will resume its activities on Tuesday at 8 am.
We’re not entirely sure why the Mexican consulate is closing for an American holiday honoring an Italian who “discovered” the continent on behalf of Spain, nor, for that matter, why we were notified by the Mexicans when we haven’t gotten so much as a card or e-mail from our local government, but whatever.
Anyhow, in case of emergency such as accidents, deaths or detentions, contact the consulate’s legal-affairs office at (303) 667-8657, available 24 hours, even on holidays.
We’re out on this possibly winter-ish Saturday, standing around the copier cause we don’t have a water cooler.
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