by staff

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column more schizophrenic than the weather.

We had the unusual occasion to wake up Tuesday morning and, while poking our sunburned calves, look at the snow falling outside. Only in Summit Up Land will you have scalding sun one day and powder the next. Only in Summit Up will you read about it. But you have to admit this waking up to snow on the ground thing is getting old – especially, as we mentioned, when you’re sitting in bed pressing your fingertips into your pink skin, watching the white spot it leaves disappear and you could swear you hear a beach somewhere.

Anyway, we burned our calves out in the sun and it has only further confirmed our hypothesis that you should only have other people apply sunblock to you. Good readers will recall we took a trip to the jungles of Central America last year; we should have learned this then. The very first day at the beach, we applied our own suntan lotion. The next morning, we had a red, bat-shaped patch in the middle of our back. Monday, we applied our own lotion again before heading out on the golf course; as we mentioned, we forgot one small, yet very sensitive, area of our body.

But this is not the important news we have for you today. The important news is that we nearly won the First Ever Summit Up Indoor Golf Tournament. It all started while we were watching the Masters golf tournament on Sunday. We got so bored (go figure), we grabbed our putter and started studying the breaks in the living room carpet. One thing led to another, and before you know it, we were chipping and putting throughout the house.

To make a long story short, we found four other people and played 18 holes from the bedrooms to the basement (suddenly it became a good thing that the laundry room flooded last week; how else would we have gotten water hazards in the house?). We had everything from par 5s to par 2s, chipping over couches, over balconies, down stairs, up stairs – you name it. Our personal highlights: we scored a hole-in-one off a chip on a par two (not bad, considering we had to bank it off a mattress) and we finished at 3 over par.

So, if any of you out there need us to come over and show you how to play a safe round of indoor golf (we didn’t break a thing, honest) or think your home would make a great course for the next stop on the Summit Up Pro Indoor Golf Tour, let us know at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just yell “Fore!” into the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237.


This is a Stolen Car Scum Alert!! Scum Alert!!Patrick called and said somebody swiped his Toyota Land Cruiser from the High Country Lodge on Peak 7 Saturday night. This is very disappointing, as Patrick has lived here for 20 years and never locked his house. He’s rethinking his comfort level right about now. The cops found his ride a few hours after Patrick called. Unfortunately, it was totaled, so he didn’t really want it back. Seems somebody took the truck for a joyride, hit every tree they could, and then threw rocks at it all night. Patrick’s offering a reward to anybody who might know how this happened. Call the sheriff if you do (453-2232). Otherwise, check out the truck in the Blue River Inn lot at Farmer’s Korner; he’s going to park it there to show people what kind folk reside in the High Country.


It’s Wednesday, and that’s all there is to it. We’re either out making one last snowman, or putting on more aloe and suntan lotion – you just can’t be sure these days …

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