A breath of fresh air
July 30, 2012
This is my third summer visiting Aspen, and I’m lucky enough to stay here for two months with my family this time. Not only am I taking in the beautiful sites in and around the city, but I am struck by the kindness and generosity of the Aspen residents I meet in my daily travels.
The locals I’ve met take the time to talk with me and share with me tips on where to go or what to do. For example, I visited the Aspen Historical Society and the Holden/Marolt Mining museum last week with my young boys, and both docents were extremely helpful with explaining their museums to us, personally guiding us through the exhibits and answering every single question that we had. That doesn’t happen in many other places.
When I go into town, whether it’s to buy milk at City Market or grab a bite to eat at a restaurant, everyone has been so friendly, kind and accommodating. I don’t find that too often where I’m from.
A couple of weeks ago, when I attended a dress rehearsal at the Aspen Music Festival, my young son started coughing. As I got up to take him out of the tent, a lady who worked there came over to us and gave him cough drops and lemonade to soothe his cough. Rather than asking us to leave, she encouraged us to stay for the performance. I seriously doubt that would occur where I’m from.
When it comes to driving here, I’ve noticed that drivers actually allow pedestrians to cross the street – even when they aren’t in a crosswalk – and they take turns merging into the circle at Maroon and Castle creeks, and they don’t beep their horns at one another. That certainly doesn’t happen where I’m from.
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Living in Aspen for the summer has made me realize what a frenzied and stressful environment I am from near Washington, D.C., and has allowed me to appreciate the natural beauty not only of this place but of its people.
Yes, Aspen surely is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one.
Paula Bresnan Gibson
Chevy Chase, Md.