LS: Your Town Column February 01, 2009

Somewhere in the stacks of photo albums at my parent’s house is a black and white photo taken of my dad — a much younger version of him — wearing dark sunglasses and posed with his skis and poles, at the base of the Kendall Mountain Ski Area in Silverton.
The photo was taken in the late ’60’s for the Silverton School yearbook, because he was a member of the school board.
In my opinion, the best part of the picture is the small figure — a child — standing several feet behind him in the background, wearing her own oversized dark goggles and skis — sans the poles, waiting for her dad so they could take another ride on the T-bar up the hill for another run.
I never did like using poles. They’d just be a nuisance as I sped straight down to the bottom of the hill. Even now, I only use them for momentum along the flatter areas at the top of the runs at Powderhorn.
When I slide off the chair lift and feel the freedom soaring down the mountain, I’m that little girl again, except I’m just a bit taller and maybe not so fast, and usually much sorer at the end of the day.
C’mon Dad, let’s go down again!
I’ll bring the Advil.

• The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is sponsoring a full moon ski and bonfire party beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Skyway Trailhead on top of Grand Mesa.
The council will provide the warm fire and a pot of soup. Take your own drinks, utensils, side dishes and skis for a moonlight outing.
Go to Web site or call 856-6782 for information.

• Learn about equine dentistry at the Grand Valley Dressage Society meeting and potluck at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, in the Jockey Building.
The speaker is Dr. Carrica, of Amigo Animal Clinic and the meeting is open to the public.
Call 245-0806 for information.

• The Grand Mesa Jeep Club — open to all types of four-wheel-drive owners —meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
The Feb. 2 meeting will be in the back room of the Las Palmas Restaurant, 752 Horizon Drive.
The club also has monthly outings. Call 523-5443 or 241-6250 for information.

• Are you legally blind, with low or no vision, or have a family member coping with loss of sight?
Insight is a recently formed group of adults of all ages who believe support and education provides the insight needed to maintain physical and or mental independence.
The group meets the first Monday of each month to share information and to educate with speakers, discussion and experiences about services, technology and living techniques that can foster independence and growth.
The next meeting is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the library of the Commons Retirement Community, 625 27 1/2 Road.
Call 248-7107 or 683-3848 for information.

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