Last night I went for a pint at Murphy’s Irish Pub. They have a beautiful open fire on their deck that overlooks the mountains. I went outside to look at the lights on the mountain and be close to the fire. A real treat on a warm winter night. Around the fire were a group of four women in their 20’s who were on vacation. They were drinking “mind errasers” handed out free from the Kahlua girls that were dressed in pink and white snow pants, with Kahlua printed their hats. I had a conversation with one of them. They said their job is to go to happy hours and promote the new “mind eraser “drink. I asked her what was in them she said Absolute Vodka, Kahlua and club soda, and it is ment to be sucked fast through the thick red and white straw.
I told her in Canada that this kind of promotion would not be allowed, also that we have no happy hour. Her jaw dropped, she had a hard time believing me. She asked if it was because of our health care?
Back to the fire the four young women were planning their next vacation while on their current vacation, here in Breckenridge.
Cuba or Iceland? was the discussion of where to go to next. One guy chimed in that Iceland is amazing and remote and really beautiful.
I said “go to Cuba!” They all stopped and looked at me. You have been there? I said “yes I am Canadian, I have been going there for 20 years. I said go now before it is ruined by Americans taking over”.
It struck me as odd that young travelers are debating Cuba or Iceland.
What happened to getting into the back of a van with your dog and driving across your own country?
Breckenridge does attract all kinds of people, from average to over the top wealthy people who have “the aspen walk”. The aspen walk describes well healed women and men in their 5,000 dollar furs and high heels that tiptoe delicately along the heated sidewalks.
The beauty of this town is that all walks of life are here. Young people working and living in their car as there is no housing, ragged mountain characters who have been here for 40 years, europeans, and the nouveau rich from Texas.
Where else can you and have a pint across the street from your house, stand by an open fire, look out at the lights on the mountains, talk to travelers from all over the globe, and then trot off home across the street to your cozy bed.