Making the most of the weekend

Three-day weekends only seem to come once in a blue moon, or never enough. For this annual Labor Day weekend, we’ve asked some locals what are the best ways to spend the national holiday.

Rita Novak of Heartland Payment Systems said her ideal Labor Day weekend would include backpacking up to Mica Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

“It’s absolutely beautiful up there and there are other areas to explore when you get up there,” Novak said of the four-hour hike.

Novak said she been up to the lake about two to three times already this year and would probably spend either one or two nights there as well.

However, because WestFest is Steamboat this year, she and her friend are attending the western festival instead.

Sue Pickering, a unit secretary at the Doak Walker Care Center, said relaxing at home is how she would spend Labor Day. However, this Labor Day she’ll be caring for the elderly.

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“It’s a 24-7 deal here,” she said.

But if she did have it off, relaxing would include being with family and friends for a traditional barbecue of ribs and potato salad.

“Just enjoying the rest of summer, what’s left of it anyway,” Pickering said.

Nick Eula of Cherry Creek Mortgage Co. said he’ll be sitting with his golden retriever Lucy and reading a book.

“And I’m not answering the phone. And I don’t have an answering machine. I hate those damn things,” Eula said.

Along with reading to Lucy, Eula said he’ll also enjoy taking her on a long walk.

“You know, she never has said to me, ‘We have to talk,’ unlike my ex-wife,” Eula said.

Bob Rosauer, a kitchen designer at Ski Country Kitchens, said he and his wife haven’t talked about it yet, but his ideal three-day weekend would include taking their small motor home to Trapper’s Lake for a little fishing and hiking.

Compiled by Kelly Silva

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