Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column with an open letter to the snowmobiler who drove down the bike path between Frisco and Farmer’s Korner:Dear Snowmobiler,We write to you today with joy and glad tidings. Were your holidays peaceful and happy? Get everything you wanted from Santa? We hope so.We know you’re probably tired, what with the hard workout you got motoring down the bike path, but we just thought we’d write to share our happiness with you. See, when we went out for a cross country ski after work the other day, we were somewhat sad. There was so much snow, and we worried that not everybody else was getting outdoors to enjoy it.Boy, were we wrong. Because there it was, your cool track all the way from Miner’s Creek to the high school. Whew! What a relief! It’s good to know there are other lovers of the forest, the snow and getting a little sweat frosting on the eyebrows out there.First, let us thank you. Those curmudgeons who make the rules around here have, for some reason, deemed it illegal to use motorized vehicles on those recreation paths; they must be high on two-stroke exhaust. If it weren’t for you lining out the path for us, we might have gotten lost. But like Hansel and Gretel’s trail of breadcrumbs, there you were. That was close.Second, let us commend you on your wisdom. All that snow out in the backcountry is going to lead to some major avalanches. Better to stick to places around town where the danger is a little lower. You might not know it, but you’re also being more environmentally conscious by snowmobiling on the bike path. All those hills and snow drifts – those make the engine work much harder. Better to stick on those flat trails. Besides, you can go sooooo much faster, right?And let us not forget how much it sucks having to break up fresh snow on cross country skis. When that stuff’s deep and fluffy, we flail and sink like nobody’s business. Better to have you pack it down for us.Well, we don’t want to take up too much of your time (and we’ve got to go retro-fit some paddles on the tires of our SUV because you’ve given us a great idea for avoiding all that traffic on Highway 9). But, again, thanks. We hope we bump into you out on the path again so that we can thank you in person.Yours truly,Summit Up***Sherri, our field agent in charge of grain silos and monitoring Bob Dole’s Viagra dosage out of Topeka, must be watching the Weather Channel. We’re guessing this because she e-mailed us begging to have Mother Nature forward some of our snow on east.How do we know she’s begging? Might have something to do with starting her e-mail with “PLEEEEEEEEASE.” She says they only got an inch and, “My dogs are ready to go skijoring! What else is there in flatland?”We’ll see what we can do, Sherri, but if we part with any of this precipitation, we’d have a riot on our hands.***Here’s a handy reminder to anyone who might make the poor decision to tipple a few and get behind the wheel, brought to you by Elburn Templeton.Elburn writes, “Tonight (Jan. 5), I followed someone in a tan pick-up (you know who you are) weaving badly through Blue River. Well, the gods were protecting others tonight and the idiot slid off the road into a ditch. A couple years ago I lost a good friend to a drunk and would like for people to stop and think about it before putting my family or someone else’s at risk by being incredibly stupid. This driver managed to get out of some quality time in jail, but I would like to point out to those who would drive drunk, there are people paying attention to you and will gladly turn you in.”***How ’bout an Angel Alert!! Angel Alert!! to end the day? A woman called and wanted to send a “thousand-halo” thank you to all of the Summit Stage drivers who got her, her friends and her family home safely on New Year’s Eve. We’ll see to it they get first class tickets on the bus ride to the pearly gates.***It’s Friday, and today’s password (as well as the name of our brand new, new age crystal bluegrass band) is “outhouse pagan.” And we’re looking for milk jug players, if you know any. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just tell us how you already tried that and MTV shot you down on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.We’re out in the outhouse with Ganesh, tuning our bedsprings …
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