This past summer, I traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colorado to take part in a performing arts camp/school known as Perry-Mansfield. Though I stayed on-campus with many of the other students, my mother visited and stayed in a hotel known as “Rabbit Ears Hotel,” which is located in the town, near the shops and restaurants. While in steamboat springs, I met some arts-world prodigies such as Linda Kent (dance), Timothy Near (theatric director), and Antonio Brown (dance). While in Steamboat Springs, I learned that managing your money is a difficult, but necessary skill. Eating every weekend at places like Mambo Italiano, or Lyon’s Drug Store (diner), means your money to spend on trinkets and activities (such as Strawberry Fields Hot Springs, or the pool) is far less than you would hope. After a few weeks, one discovered that if at the Laundromat with friends (located near the walmart, just outside of town), sharing a load saves cash, and grabbing a quick sandwich at the subway (also near the laundromat/walmart) meant that you would have 7 dollars in your pocket to hit the Old Town Hotsprings to relax with your friends! After living in Steamboat for six weeks this summer, I learned that the littler things must be appreciated. Like, Fuzziwigs will never be my one-stop candy-shop as long as I’m away from the town, or the fact that Blossom has such a unique array of clothing, accessories and trinkets from all over the eastern hemisphere, and I will probably not see it again.
Being in the cold, thin air for so long seemed to have helped my asthma (phsyical change, I know…but a change nonetheless). I also seemed to have turned into a more open-minded person. Steamboat Springs is filled with nice citizens who, for the most part, just want to be your friend. At the camp, I made more friends than I can count….the strangest part? We all keep in touch.
Before Steamboat Springs, I would have forgotten them, or remembered them vaguely every few months, wondering where they are or were doing. Now, however, after my trip, I find myself wanting to make connections EVERYWHERE and I genuinely feel driven to keep connections to those around me and those I have met afar close to my heart. Cheesy: yes. Bad: no. The best thing ever: yes.
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