from Maggie Sefton's SKEIN OF THE CRIME
8th in the Knitting Mystery Series
Okay, I only have a few minutes to talk to you guys because I am seriously swamped with client accounts. And---I have to finish because my friends and I---aka, the Gang---are getting our gear ready and loading the cars tonight, because tomorrow we're all heading up to the High Country. That's what we in Colorado call our high mountains. Here in Fort Connor we're already over 5000 feet above sea level, like Denver, an hour to the south of us. So, when we go higher up into our mountains, we're talking 8500 feet, 9500 feet, 10,000 feet or more in altitude.
That's seriously high. Some visitors to our beautiful state experience a headache at first when they arrive, but it's usually gone by the next day. Most people don't experience any ill effects. I would advise, however---if you're coming from sea level cities like the East Coast, please take it easy. When you arrive in Denver or other Front Range city at 5000+ ft, you should take a day or two to acclimate before you travel to the higher elevations. Just a helpful hint, guys.
Anyway---we're all driving up tomorrow for an all-day skiing/snowshoeing trip. Most of us will be skiing. Megan, Marty, Lisa, and Greg have gone several times this winter---last December, January, and February. I didn't go because I was way swamped with accounting work. Or, that's what I told them. The real reason is I felt like a "third wheel." Whenever we've all gone skiing in the past, I was always with Steve. Now, I'm not. We're no longer a couple. Heck, we haven't even seen each other in nearly six months.
But, that's okay. I'm okay. Hey, Life changes. We all move on, right? Anyway, I decided I really wanted to join the Gang for this trip. It's almost March, and that's Colorado's snowiest month. The High Country has been dumped on with snow, as usual. So, the slopes will be gorgeous. I haven't skiied in over a year, so I'll take it easier.
Another reason I'm looking forward to this trip is because Jennifer and Pete will be joining us. They won't be skiing, they'll be snowshoeing. They've actually gone up twice this winter into Rocky Mountain National Park nearby to practice. As a couple. Oh, yeah. We're all mega-excited about that. Pete owns the cafe at the back of the knitting shop, Lambspun, right across from where I live. And Jennifer has waitressed for the cafe for years. Long before I arrived in Fort Connor. Anyway. . .all of us have been watching Pete pining away for Jennifer quietly for ages. Jennifer, meanwhile, has always acted like she didn't notice. Uh, huh. We know better.
Finally, Jennifer and Pete began going out together for dinner. . .or a movie. Heck, we don't care if they go to the grocery store, for Pete's sake. We're simply happy to see them together. You know what I mean?
Gotta go. Accounts to finish up and gear to be packed. Oh, yeah. . .I've received another message that I'll be posting on the 8th of the month from now on. That's great. That's the day I used to post to you guys. I'd already marked it on my daytimer. Talk to you next month. Or, maybe one of the guys will.