Vail Valley: Can you feel it? The seasons are starting to turn |

Vail Valley: Can you feel it? The seasons are starting to turn

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – There was a tiny bit of hoar frost on my car’s sunroof last Sunday morning in Colorado’s Vail Valley. My wife was mortified when I called it to her attention.

She looked peeved. I was grinning ear-to-ear. I started to say something about it being the first harbinger of fall. She knows it’s my favorite season here in the valley. Then, I thought better of it. She said, “Stop it. Let me have my summer.”

That’s understandable, I guess. She’s not really well insulated by body type and resists cold weather gear until she’s frostbitten. She hates it when boots hide her toenail polish.

It’s the opposite for me. When the days heat up and temps push the 80-degree mark (to my way of thinking, no less oppressive than 115 degrees at mid-day in some barren, parched desert like Phoenix), I get fidgety and a little cranky.

When it gets near 90, my darling is just getting into it. She gets out the sunscreen and craves boat drinks. Man/woman, cat/dog, yin/yang. She’s still looking for a beach novel and a floppy hat when I’m watching preseason NFL games and dreaming of pumpkin pie and my fleece vest.

Up on the Booth Falls trail last weekend there was a tiny patch of scrub that had turned red-orange. I didn’t dare point it out. It was a gorgeous morning on the trail and I wouldn’t risk souring the fragile bliss of marital harmony. She saw it, though. Didn’t say a word. Just pointed at it for a millisecond and kept walking. I was thrilled.

Things start to quiet down now, and while, professionally I really do wish our members full restaurants and stores and a head on every pillow, personally speaking, I don’t mind a few (just a few) less people on the trails.

Octoberfest is coming. So is “Romp the Runway” (the airport reopening celebration), Potatopalooza, Jazz at Vail Square, Taste of the Nation Vail Valley, Gourmet on the Gore, the Colorado Grand Car Rally, a few more farmers markets and dozens more great, fun, outdoor things to do. Please check out for a complete listing, and for Pete’s sake, pick your best things and get up and go.

But the best things of all for me as the season turns, are sleeping with the windows wide open, the smells on the mountain as the wildflowers wane and the leaves take center stage, restaurant and fireplace smells at sundown, cold noses, dogs going berserk as the first flakes fall on their snouts and sleeping in until you have the courage to put on your sweats and fetch the morning paper. Ah, that’s living.

Forgive me, my sun-seeking darling, but you’ve had your iron-hot car door handles and skin-bubbling radiation for months. It’s time for your hot-blooded hubby and his brethren of the autumnal equinox to breathe deep the crisp autumn air.

The only thing left to do is wait until my ski poles start glowing blue and begin to hum.

Yes, just like Frodo’s trusty sword “Sting,” that warned him of approaching Orcs, my poles also are enchanted and warn me of impending powder. Or, maybe that’s just a hallucination generated by the residual Jagermeister in an excitable German boy’s veins.

Event update:

• Aug. 18: “Partner 101,” benefits orientation for new members. Vail Valley Partnership offices, Traer Creek Plaza, Avon.

• Aug. 19: Business After Hours Mixer, Minturn Saloon, 5-7 p.m. Members only.

• Aug. 26: “Romp the Runway,” Eagle County Regional Airport, 5-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

• Aug. 26: Vail Valley Partnership President Michael Kurz will host a panel discussion on “Community Focus” on KZYR, 97.7FM from 7-8 p.m. The topic is “winter business trends.

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