Summer’s pretty cool up here |

Summer’s pretty cool up here

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Unless you’re a High Country native, do you remember the first time you experienced what summer was like above 8,000 or so feet?

Maybe you’re from Texas or New York or California or even the Midwest ” places where temperatures in the summer routinely run into three digits, with the humidity not far behind.

We were thinking of this just the other day when reading about the 99 degrees Denver experienced Thursday. One unhappy person we know in Littleton told us she was finding relief only by running a tub full of cold water and hiding out in it.

Oftentimes, this space is reserved for finding fault. But for today, we’d just like to stop for a moment, smell the air and breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t live in, say, Scottsdale, Ariz., or Houston ” or even Denver, for that matter.

Ask many a mountain dweller why they live up here and, after the obligatory (and true) words about the incredible snow and recreational opportunities, they’ll say something about the summers. How it’s not too hot here, how we experience a twinge of schadenfreude when we see the news reports of the sweltering cities.

Of course, long-timers also will tell you that in the old days (meaning five or 50 years ago, depending on who you’re talking to), it never got above 80 or maybe even 70. It snowed in July, in August; there was a frost as early as Labor Day.

No matter: The point is that one of the dividends we reap from living up here is we don’t melt too much in summer. It’s our payback for snowstorms in May, housing that costs a fortune, hordes of snowpant-clad tourists mobbing the grocery store aisles in March and all the other little things about living in paradise that aren’t always quite so Shangri-La-di-da-di.

Enjoy it while it lasts!

” Alex Miller, for the Editorial Board.

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