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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column trying to think up all the ways we’ll be able to while away what’s shaping up to be a “bonus” mud season.

We’re calling it a “bonus” mud season because we’re trying to look at this in a positive sense. Never mind that all this sunshine is melting away our precious white natural resource, driving away potential skier business and need we mention our favorite pastimes.

Never mind that it’s looking like the fire danger will end up being so bad this summer we’ll not only be prohibited from roasting wieners and throwing our regular pagan bonfire parties, we probably won’t be allowed to wear red or any other inflammatory color.

Never mind that the dust storms whipping up off the dry lakebed will precipitate a fashion revolution not seen since the turban came to northern Africa in 3,000 B.C.

We’re looking at this optimistically.

For instance, since we won’t all be out skiing, snowboarding and such, we’ll all have plenty of time to call our mothers for a change. If yours are like ours, they miss you and wish they heard from you more often.

Of course, that could change when all you seem to talk to her about is how hot, dusty and dry it is and how you’re thinking about going to the southern hemisphere to make up for the shortened ski season.

We’ll all be able to get a jump on our summer activities. What with all this extra time to get out and mountain bike, skateboard, jog, etc., we here at Summit Up expect to be reporting world-record-breaking feats of athleticism by mid-July.

We’ll all be able to visit with one another, reconnect to our community. Whether this is in group therapy sessions where we’re all venting about getting ripped off by Old Man Winter remains to be seen.

Think about how quiet it will be! How the traffic will dissipate! Since there won’t be the hordes of spring skiers, we’ll have the run of the place. No more hunting for parking spaces. No more wondering if your favorite brand of cereal will still be on the shelf when you get to the grocery store. No more customers coming into your place of work making you do stuff.

And the best part of it all? If these sunny skies keep up, mud season won’t even have any mud. Forget about potholes. Forget about having to wash your car every other day.

And just think about how nice it’ll be to be able to drive from Dillon to Frisco without having to use the Dam Road or Interstate 70!


We off-handedly mentioned the topic of best names for a band the other day. Bob St. Pierre in Breckenridge took us up on it, and offered this one: “Rude and the Uncouth.”

“Try it on for size,” Bob recommends.

As soon as we can find a drummer (who also sings, plays keyboard and bass) we just might. Then maybe we can go on tour opening for Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.


It’s Friday, or as we’re calling it, the beginning of the end of winter. Tell us how you plan to spend your extra mud season at summitup@, fax at (970) 668-0755 or sign up for our Dopey Yokel Wildfire-Starter Lynch Mob on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.

We’re out seeding clouds …

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