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Summer Vacation

Summer has arrived and it is time for many families to a take a much anticipated vacation. For some this will be a trip to a theme park or a beach. For others, a cabin in the Appalachians, a camp high in the Rockies, or a fly fishing expedition somewhere in the Pacific Northwest is a much more desirable getaway.

 

I will confess that spending thousands of dollars to stand in a crowd and see enormous plastic cartoon characters really isn’t my idea of a great time, but hey, to each his own. For my taste, the better vacation leaves the crowds behind and takes me into more pristine unspoiled country.

 

There is just something fantastic about playing in the snow high in the Rockies in July. The smell of the air at high elevation, fragranced by pines and aspen, simply cannot be duplicated. Even brilliant taxidermy recreations of elk and mule deer are nothing when compared to seeing these majestic animals slip through the weathered timber of a remote Colorado mountain. The mountains possess a mesmerizing draw for those who wish to leave the pressures of life behind, and the sky is just so blue.

 

These mountains, both Appalachians and Rockies, have seen generations of people come and go. Before Europeans arrived on this continent various Native American tribes traveled over, hunted on, lived on and fought on these mountains. The earliest explorers to venture west from the English, Spanish and French colonies were by their nature, resilient. Later homesteaders, miners and speculators followed their lead.

 

They left behind traces of their passing. Even today the remnants of rustic homes and barns can be found in those mountains as a reminder that someone once lived there. Abandoned mines left by hard rock miners remain visible on many Colorado mountains.

They remain as the sentinels of another era, their aging gray timbers weathering a little more with each passing year.

 

So, what does any of this have to do with furniture? Not a lot, I guess, except that the hardy nature of those who traveled this land before us is what we hope you will see in the craftsmanship of our furniture when you come into our showroom.  Ours is not disposable “cookie cutter” furniture mass produced in some far off place. Most of it is hand crafted by real artisans right here in the United States.

 

If you happen to be traveling through our part of the world this summer, please stop in and see us. We’d love to show you around!

 

 

Tony Thomas

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