Summit Up 5-2-10 |

Summit Up 5-2-10

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column powered by deep-fried protein sans bread.

All that hype over KFC’s new Double Down effectively caused us to break down and give the bread-less sandwich a try.

And the way people are freaking out about gluten these days, we figure “two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets, two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce,” according to, couldn’t be too hard on our impeccable health.

It came in a box. It wasn’t as big as we thought it would be, but the thing still kept our gut busy for a solid three hours before we needed to chomp down some honey-roasted cashews.

To be sure, we didn’t miss the bread.

A biscuit – or perhaps a slice of fruit – would be a nice add-on, though.

The large-cut fries were a little much; perhaps coleslaw would be a more appropriate side dish to the #8 combo meal we thoroughly enjoyed.

The coming-together of products from the three big meat groups – pig, cow, and chicken – was a match made somewhere south of heaven.


In other news, today kicks off the 96th annual Be Kind to Animals week, according to an e-mail from our friends at Summit County Animal Shelter.

The celebration is marked with special events to raise animal awareness and appreciate the bond between human and critter.

Locally, letters were sent to elementary schools and the middle school asking that students submit posters illustrating what it means to be kind to animals.

“One artist from each grade will be selected to have a shelter animal named after him or her,” according to the e-mail.

“Engel Enterprises is donating prize money for one artist in each middle-school grade. The elementary student’s posters are due at the animal shelter by Saturday April 24th. The Middle School posters will be due to Ms. Fishman’s office by Friday, April 23rd,” according to the e-mail.

The posters are to be posted across the county, and an adopt-a-thon is scheduled at the shelter May 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as Be Kind to Animals week concludes.

The shelter offers the following suggestions for showing animal appreciation:

– Commit to adopting your next pet from an animal shelter

– Report any suspected animal abuse or neglect

– Donate to or volunteer at your local animal shelter

– Spay or neuter your pets and encourage friends and family to do so

– Plant flowers in your yard to attract butterflies and hummingbirds

More suggestions are available at


If there’s anything as satisfying as the companionship of a canine, it must be the glory of hunting down a cervidae (moose, red deer, reindeer, roe or chital – they’re all good).

We Coloradans are fortunate to live in an area chock full of ruminant mammals.

People travel from across the planet to hunt our animals, and we pay only a fraction of what they pay for the same opportunities.

So get out there and take advantage of them.

We’ve had a fair share of hunting experiences in this great country. From squirrel to turkey, deer to bird, we’ve unloaded firearms on wild beasts with the precision of fighter pilots.

The truly noble predator chases down prey with a bow and arrow.

We’ve dabbled in archery but always find ourselves going back to the big guns. Oh my, oh my, there’s nothing like the kick of a .308 Winchester to your chest as you gaze down the scope to see a great trophy buck collapse to the ground.

It’s a great sport that through time has maintained its elegance despite the advent of processed chicken chunks.


It’s Sunday, and we’re wiping the grease off our mitts as we hanker for the gamy taste of venison.

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