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A Day of Attending to Details

sunny 80 °F

A Colorado Good Morning to you:

As we were walking the streets of Breckenridge the other evening we came upon a bronze statue and plaque. It depicted a 10th Mountain Division soldier of WWII. Being a WWII buff I did a little research on the Division. During the war the US Army created a division of soldiers (ski troopers) who were trained to fight in the alpine regions of Europe. Their activity in Italy was instrumental in routing the inbedded German alpine army, contributing to the Allied effort in the Italian Campaign of the war. The price came high for 992 mountain troops were killed with 4,154 wounded. The Division was trained in the Colorado mountains not far from here. Today, the 10th Mountain Division is headquartered at Ft. Drum, NY and has been the Army's most deployed unit in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. This is of particular interest to me as my hometown is about 50 miles from Fr. Drum, and part of my military service was done at Ft. Drum.

A little background on Breckenridge-- Founded in 1859 by about 30 gold-seekers as a staging ground for prospecting it grew within a year to 200 residents. By 1880 the pop. had grown to 1,800 with 18 saloons, 12 restaurants, and 9 attorneys! With the gold rush a distant past the town shrunk back to 200 people by 1950. The area gets blanketed by an annual avg. 175" of snow and has an avg. of 243 sunny days. Enterprising 10th Mt. Div. veterans of WWII returned to the west after the war. Here they saw a potential & invested in the winter skiing business. In total, 62 ski developments in the US were founded by these veterans. In Breckenridge it all began in 1961 and the first year it attracted 17,000 skiers. Today, tens of thousands come here for the skiing and it has the housing and amenities to support it all.

After visiting the local Wal-mart to fill a prescription, I returned to the campground to do a few chores. Incidentally, the Wal-mart network of pharmacies is so convenient for travelers like me. A simple call is made to my hometown Wal-mart pharmacy who has a list of my medications with standing refills approved by my physician. The information is transfered to wherever I might be and within a half-hour the medicine is dispensed.

The Wild West show was scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm so I drove over to Tim & Marie's resort about 4 o'clock. The event was held at the Keystone Stables where about 50 horses are kept. They stable them for horse-back riding, wagon-pulling, and also have a dozen or so, ponies. Of course, the first thing the girls wanted to do was to ride the ponies. Well, grandpa coughed up a few green backs and Tim & I led the mounted ponies around the ring to the delight of the little girls. Grandpa, at Amelia's request, was dressed in jeans, cowboy boots & hat, and a western shirt....just looking like an old 'cow-poke'. After that we were treated to a western meal of hamburger, hot dog, sausage, mac & cheese, baked beans with smoors for dessert. A meal that would make my cardiologist cringe! After dinner one of the resident cowboys, Mike, took the microphone and called all the kids up to the dance floor (a concrete slab in front of the horse stables) where he got the kids involved in line-dancing, and other simple dances--all to cowboy tunes. The kids (& some adults, like Marie) had a ball dancing to the music with her daughters. Tim & I sat in the wings enjoying a Bud-Lite. A fun time was had by all.

Tomorrow, Tim, Marie and family have to leave to return to Denver where they will spend the 4th. Marie's parents are flying in from NY to be with their son, Jeff, his girlfriend, Tim, Marie and family. They will enjoy it so. It was such fun for me to be with my family for these few precious days of making memories.

Posted by dixter 07:59 Archived in USA Tagged the at time stables

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