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Special to the DailyCongrats! to Kim and Brian Arellanes, who welcomed 7-pound, 3.8-ounce Tallis Lynn Arellanes into the world at 8:58 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column in a nostalgia coma.We’re trying to get work done today. Honest. But we can’t. We can’t stop thinking about the buttery powder turns we had the first two days of the week.And we owe it to a field agent who broke us out of a rut and, despite our resolute resistance and near-certainty that there wouldn’t be any snow to find in hiking, dragged us up above treeline.It was so good, it makes us want to give an Oscar-type acceptance speech: We’d like to thank the members of the logging academy, who selectively denuded the hillside to give us hole shots through the remaining trees. We’d like to thank the Forest Service for leaving the particular road we took open, but not maintaining it so much that everybody and their brother goes up there and tracks all the freshies out. And, as is vogue with all our successful professional athletes, we should thank some sort of Almighty, for bluebird skies, for the bounty of precipitation we didn’t even think would be there, and for not making us suffer core shots, delaminations or stumps in the ribs when we bit it.

(And if you think we’ll tell you where we went, you’re smoking wax.)So, if we seem a little distracted today, we apologize because, well, we are. And we have a very good reason for rubbing our legs so much today (more than usual, that is). ***A week or so ago, we told you about Jim’s Jeep Commando trailer that disappeared with an elk in it. Get this:

Turns out a towing company had it. Why? Well, the sheriff’s department had them come tow it. Where’d the sheriff’s deputies find it? In Jim’s neighborhood, a few streets around the way. Why didn’t they call Jim? The thieves took the plates off, so they didn’t know it was his. So did he get his trailer back? No, because the towing company has to get paid, and the Sheriff’s Office won’t help Jim out with that (the towers told Jim his $50 trailer would cost him $300).Jim thought that was pretty scummy (his exact words were “what the %$#@! is this caca?”). We think it’s just plain silly.***Let’s end on a positive note today. How ’bout this Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! from Michele Hofer.

She says the wings and halos go to all the drivers on Highway 6 in front of Starbucks who successfully avoided hitting her dogs when they decided to run across the road on Thursday.”Several cars stopped and one had to swerve and slam on the brakes, but skillfully avoided the Rocket when he burst out of the weeds,” she writes. “To all of you – you have my deepest gratitude. May the karma gods bless you and keep angels around your cars.”***Here we are, already Wednesday, ladies and gentlemen. Today’s password is “earn the turns.” Let us know if you’re as distracted as we are at summitup@, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us you won’t tell us where your favorite spots are, either, on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out studying maps again …

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