An educated choice?
I live a life of solitude and gratitude, currently at 24915 Frying Pan Road. After living 11 long years in New York City, while traveling around the world as a photographer and observer of foreign cultures, I came to the realization that “place/home” was a priority for most, and in my case a necessity.
So it is that I returned to my native state to find peace and quiet amongst the Rockies that fed my boyhood days with endless adventure and fantasy. I was pleased to find some of the “nooks and crannies” still intact.
In fact, it was my first impulse to point my truck up the old railroad path to the little town of Thomasville to see if perhaps there was still some of that old rural magic left in her. There was and still is!
You know, it isn’t that I’m one of those extreme environmentalists. In fact, I believe we have to accommodate people each and every day, especially those of us who have the luxury of having children.
The earth must endure growth as long as we feel it necessary to produce future generations to carry on in our foot path. It is for the sake of my own daughter, and all of her future friends, that I am writing you.
For how can I explain that, due to our own lack of perception, we destroyed all of the remoteness that makes this country, in particular, wondrous?
I believe the issue is not do we, who caretake the Upper Fryingpan, want or not, the Boy Scouts of America to share our natural wealth, but rather is this an educated choice for their location? Is the head of a waterway that is in all likelihood one of the few remaining clean sources of water for millions below and home to a variety of dependent animals an appropriate choice?
The traffic alone on such roads that carry us to and from our wood supply and fertile hunting grounds is dangerous, at best, when it rains. I don’t believe that we are stupid enough to buy the theory that the waste produced will not compromise the current level of quality in water in some way or another.
Plus the added danger of possible fire hazards that arise with such numbers of people. I am a fireman up here and can assure you we would lose a great deal if a forest fire entered this valley with the number of volunteers we have now (five).
I hope you will read this letter in earnest, if not for a concerned native Coloradan then for the future of an eager 3 1/2-year-old named Skylar Blue Tupper. I’m sure all of the residents of this town would be willing to help you exercise a more rational decision here, rather than mourning a poor one in the presence of our children.
Thanks for listening.
Glenn A. Tupper
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.