A slew of summer visitors

Plus, filling in a missing word from our last issue.

  • Lynn Myre and her daughter, Brianna Wilensky, visit HCN.

    Brooke Warren

Here in Paonia, Colorado, home of HCN, the peaches are ripe, the sweet corn is in and a series of monsoon thunderstorms has left the normally dry fields lush and lovely. We’ve had an abundance of visitors, too, and are always delighted to see our readers in person!

From Boulder, Colorado, came Dennis Tharp. He’d been hiking near the mountain resort town of Crested Butte, drove over the pass to the North Fork Valley, saw our sign and popped in to say hello.

Al Schroder and Joan Groff of Tucson visited the office for the third time since subscribing a decade ago. The pair were happy to have left 110 degree weather behind; they were on their way to visit Joan’s father in Pennsylvania and enjoying a three-month camping trip. We’ll give them a punch card next time!

Boise, Idaho, residents Susan Weiner and Bruce Acherman came by HCN headquarters “to see where the magic is made” while overseeing the groundbreaking of the new home they’re building in Montrose, an hour southwest of Paonia. They hope to relocate from Boise next year. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Scott Hall of Farmington, New Mexico, dropped in to pick up another copy of a March issue; someone in his office, he said, absconded with his own. Scott, who works as a realty specialist for the local BLM field office, was on his way home from a vacation in nearby Glenwood Springs, sporting a bit of sunburn from a rafting trip.

Longtime reader Marith Reheis, a retired geologist from Golden, Colorado, stopped by with her husband, John Cady. The two were on a six-day road trip after Marith, who still works occasionally for the U.S. Geological Survey, did some soil sampling near Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. Marith has been a reader since 1975, when some friends at the USGS introduced to her to HCN.

Lynn Myre of Louisville, Colorado, a longtime reader, and her daughter, Brianna Wilensky of Glenwood Springs, made a special trip to Paonia just to see us in action. Lynn got her daughter a gift subscription and hopes to come back soon to check out the whole town. Lynn visited once in the 1960s, back when Paonia was just a “cute little farm town” without paved roads. Now it’s a cute little farm town with paved roads.

In our July 20 issue, the story “Living the dream, plus overtime” referred to the Bob Marshall National Forest, accidentally compressing two names; we meant the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest.

The author bio at the end of the essay “Dreaming where I walk,” in the Aug. 17 issue, mysteriously lost a word after the issue went to press. The ending should have read “… starring Martin Scorsese and Peter Rainier.”

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