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Ian Cox: I spy with my little eye

On Sunday, Dec. 23 Bud Whitehead, the new owner of our old company, Wild West Balloon Adventures, texted me at 5:15 a.m. that he was about to take off in his balloon.

We got out of bed and went to the ski area’s Thunderhead webcam to check out the bluebird day, and there he was, inflated and ready to take off. We watched and it was awesome to see him in the air, and I felt proud to have played role in something that was happening 3,196 miles away from where we were watching on Maui, Hawaii.

There he was, my former student going for it, so I texted him, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with B.” Obviously, he was busy and didn’t reply until after the flight.

I got his text just before we went paddle boarding, but out on the water, I appreciated Steamboat again because with an offshore wind I needed a special paddle. Fortunately, the one I had in my hand was made in Steamboat by Hala Gear on Yampa street. It is a double-bladed paddle that Barry Smith had told me about.

So I sat on the board and sort of kayak paddled back to shore. That was something that would have been very difficult and scary in the wind standing up with a normal paddle.

Then Steamboat touched me again because I have always got a smile or a hello for people but not every place is as friendly as Steamboat. I really hope old Steamboaters and especially new arrivals can hold onto this wonderful uniqueness and see it and appreciate it for what it is — very valuable and not the worldwide norm.

Ian Cox

Steamboat Springs


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