Margaret M. Sowden: A jewel in Steamboat |

Margaret M. Sowden: A jewel in Steamboat

Amid all the controversy about the abomination being constructed on the ski mountain, I would like to recognize a jewel in Steamboat.

Every summer there are three things my guests must see — Fish Creek Falls, the Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa River Botanic Garden. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, my husband, who is a Master Gardener, and I decided to partake of the guided tour of the garden.

Our guide was Audrey Enever, who along with her husband, was a driving force behind the development and growth of the garden. Her knowledge of the garden and the surrounding environment was immense. She even knew the origin of the three telephone poles on the Yampa River Core path, one of which supports the osprey nest.

I am not considered a "local" even though I pay taxes, have a library card and follow Steamboat news when I am not in town. Noticeable to me in the last few years is an almost "frenzy"-like movement to recruit and/or build more tourist attractions.

Tourism drives the economy, why not encourage buying a copy of "Hiking the 'Boat" and amuse yourselves in nature. Leave the roller coasters to theme parks, but it is too late for that now.

Margaret M. Sowden

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