Summit Up: The return of the rock lobster
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wears a bib.
Well, at least we strapped one on when Steve Immer of Breckenridge dropped by our new headquarters at 331 W. Main Street in Frisco. He talked excitedly and at length about the Breckenridge Lobster to our office bouncer Jessica Speese (seriously, don’t mess with her — she’s from Texas). The longer he talked, the hungrier we got for sweet flesh of a High Country crustacean. Immer had apparently captured an image of the elusive beast with his digital camera and wanted to share his discovery with us. Get out the drawn butter and lemon wedges! However, when we finally viewed the documentary evidence proving the existence of the mythical creature, we were a little disappointed that the lobster was more of a mountainside Rorschach test than a potential gourmet meal for hungry journalists who subsist on cold, day-old coffee and stale donuts. Immer said the Breckenridge Lobster makes an annual appearance in June in the Horseshoe Bowl on Peak 8 as the snow melts. Eagle County has their Mount of the Holy Cross; we’ve got our lobster. What about a lobster trail?
Speaking of trails, let’s pause for a moment and consider the hard-working folks who blaze them. As wildflowers explode all around us, it’s a blessing that we have well-maintained paths from which to view nature’s fireworks. Photographer Bill Linfield sent in a shot of a trail crew working in Summit County this week.
Linfield was out for a lunchtime run on the North Willow Creek Trail above Silverthorne today when he ran across this U.S. Forest Service crew doing trail maintenance. They were building water bars and other drainage improvements, all by hand with picks and shovels. He stopped to chat with them and to thank them for the hard work making our trails sustainable and safe for the rest of us. From left to right are Adam Liedl, Christina Fesz, Magdalene Haines and David Lee. Now what do those red shells they’re wearing remind us of?
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