“Get yur ass up the pass.”

I’m not sure what I love most about this story: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-bc-ne–iraq-operationdonkey,0,5684825.story 

But the fact that service folks, their friends and familes raised $30K to fly this little guy from the frontlines of the Middle East to a haven in our own Midwest just makes me smile. Wish there were some way Smoke could make a guest appearance in Colorado this summer, because I know the perfect venue.

On Saturday/Sunday, July 30/31, the Town of Fairplay will host its 63rd annual “Burro Days” celebration. They’re expecting more than 10,000 people to be there for parades, contests, arts and crafts, the Mountain Man Rendezvous, Cowboy Church services, pancake breakfast, BBQ and–front and center:  the burro races.  

The races–which, if you know burro behavior, is stretching the meaning of the word, at times–pays tribute to the role these pack animals played in Colorado’s mining era. That’s another good thing about living/visiting here:  you automatically inherit a golden legacy left by dream-seekers and treasure-hunters a la The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

The treasure of this year’s celebration–besides the fun–is that all proceeds go to benefit the local school system, Park County RE 2. You’ll find more details here: Park County RE-2 schools/www.burrodays.com/

Because Dmitri’s winging takes place that final weekend in July, I won’t make it to Fairplay.  But I do hope to get my hands on a T-shirt. For who wouldn’t want one emblazoned with a donkey and the headline: Burro Days 2011.  Get yur ass up the pass.

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