Getting out of the mud

Mud season can get pretty dreary.

All of your favorite restaurants are closed. The sky will give us sunshine, rain, hail and snow all in one day. And few people have decided to weather the season so the area almost seems deserted.

Fear not! We have asked mud season veterans how they’ve gotten unstuck and ready for a fabulous summer.

Greg Effinger, president of mud and art director of Cigar Graphics, said this is his busiest time of year.

While most people are doing home improvements or trying to get outside, Effinger said his businesses skyrockets because other business owners are preparing promotional work.

“This is our busiest time of year. This is the best time of year to get your business promoted,” Effinger said.

Difficulties arise when businesses close for mud season. People begin twiddling thumbs, wandering the streets and walking up to doors only to find them locked with a note on the window.

Effinger pointed out several options listed on the mud Web site: coffee hopping, bowling, pool and billiards, matinee at the movies, museums and art galleries, fishing in the rain and massage therapy.

But many have to continue to earn a living, while others are out playing.

“We’re still here at work, all day and all week,” Effinger said. “All we’ve got left to do is the laundry, so a lot of people take vacations.”

Chris McCombs, owner of Hot Spring Spas of Steamboat, said, although he’s not in the best of shape now, mud season allows the perfect time to head into the gym or the great outdoors.

For those of you who are getting just plain stir crazy, you may have to get out of town to find a cure.

McComb said he plans on following such a prescription when he heads to Utah for a few short trips.

“Get out of town. Utah is a great place with great weather,” McCombs said of his recent trip to Zion National Park.

Another popular suggestion take a few days to enjoy this slow time; it won’t belong before the mad dash of tourist season hits again.

Compiled by Kelly Silva

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