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Timothy Faust
Altitude Photography Gallery
Breckenridge

In response to “Claude Gunter: Locals need to tolerate visitors better” (Letters, Jan. 3)

I think a lot of us locals (I’ve been here five years, am I a local yet?) get frustrated this time of year. I work in Breckenridge and live in Dillon. In November it takes me about 15 minutes to get to work. Last week it took over an hour every day. So I can definitely understand the frustration of being behind a driver who stops in the middle of the road to take a picture of the mountains or wildlife, especially on dangerous narrow roads like Swan Mountain or the Dam Road. It’s frustrating and increases the chances of getting into an accident. On that note, I have been in two accidents with out-of-towners unfamiliar with how to drive in the snow in the last three years.

That being said, I really understand why you want to stop and look around. Maybe locals have gotten to used to seeing coyotes, bears, lions, and foxes on the road to even get excited any more. That is too bad because as a Midwest transplant myself, I remember that the beautiful scenery and wildlife in Colorado is the main reason I decided to move my photography business to Breckenridge.

Maybe we have started to take the beauty of this county for granted, and maybe after a few months of having the place to ourselves some of us are a little reluctant to share it. But without our diverse group of visitors we probably wouldn’t have all of the great restaurants, galleries, bars, and gear shops.

Anyway Claude, thanks for being a tourist, and I hope that you return often.


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