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Special to the Daily A couple of CONGRATULATIONS and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY go out to Kelsey Hodson. Kelsey graduated May 13th from Trinidad State Jr. College, AND has been offered a scholarship to continue her softball career at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis this fall. Mom, Dad and Katy wish you a very happy 20th birthday today!

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s come to the understanding that kids, no matter where they grow up, will want to get the #$%* out of town as soon as possible.Take our lovely Summit County graduates, who have had the fortune to grow up in such a quiet, safe and serene environment. If you talk to them, they will say they love the mountains. Yet, when you ask them where they’re going off to college, they reply: “Arizona.”Many go to Colorado State, CU or the number of community colleges scattered throughout the Rockies. But many, too, decide they need no more snow for the rest of their life.Yet, we start asking questions.

SUMMIT UP: Arizona? Sounds warm.SHS GRADS: Darn straight.SU: You know hundreds of people move here every year just because they can’t stand the flat lands and humidity?SHS GRADS: Fools.SU: You know there are bugs you’ve never seen out there. Big ones. With wings.

SHS GRADS: Really? I’ll take a camera …And they go on. You really can’t convince them that this is truly paradise. To them, they’ve been there and done that. They wake up every morning to the snowcapped peaks and glistening water on Dillon Reservoir.They want change by the bucketful, and we can’t blame them.We remember back in the day when we were choosing schools, and we chose to go to a hideous small town somewhere in a state that starts with an “I.” We had a blast. We learned new things about ourselves. We even fell in love – temporarily – with that hottie in English 201. But in our hearts, we knew Colorado would be the place to live.

And now, even when we leave on vacation, we long to return. We get postcards from friends and mock the pictures on the front. The view from our bedroom window beats anything you can take in North Dakota. (Apologies to North Dakota, but South Dakota got all the beauty in your family).All that aside, we wish all the graduates good luck … but not so much luck that they return and take our jobs.***Who’s going to Telluride for the bluegrass festival? We here at Summit Up are sending a few field agents down there to snoop on a growing trend of bluegrass events all over the country.And, we just got our tickets in the mail. Yonder Mountain String Band, Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Sam Bush – you name it – will all be at the event. Even Jewel (Jewel?) will be there, and we’re curious to see if she can overcome her pop sensibilities for a few days.

We’re planning on getting down there nice and early, as the event starts on June 17. So if you see us (not that you’d know what we’d look like) give us a shout out!We know a few Summit folks will be down there. Twang on …***It’s Saturday, and we sure hope this weather keeps up all weekend for the visitors in town. We out …

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