There’s nothing like the Fourth of July that brings out patriotism. But patriotism is more than just flags and fireworks, parades and beer tents. We sure learned that this year. This year’s holiday highlighted more of the celebration of what makes this country great — freedom.
We claim that there is nothing like a crisis to bring people together, and there has been much notice of the ways we came together in the upper Gunnison Valley to address the coronavirus crisis, with many volunteers working under strong county public health leadership to help those with serious needs as the economy was essentially shut down to minimize viral contact.
If you think June was warmer and drier than normal, you would be correct. The average high temperature was a sizzling 77.7 degrees and the early days in June this year showed a string of 80 degree temperatures. Normal high temperatures in early June were in the low 70s. June 5 showed an 82 and came close to an all-time record. But the real story is in the overnight lows which averaged 39.2, almost four degrees above longterm average.
Almost every year since 1902, Gunnison has hosted its own version of a western summer celebration — Cattlemen’s Days — one which today, as well as a century ago, generated great anticipation and enthusiasm among the locals. Early day events were primarily a showing off of range skills used by local cowboys. Today’s affair is a more polished and professional production; but it is still, to some degree, a reflection of activities originating on a ranch.