Tuesday, May 29, 2012

And We're Off!

Open at Last!

The Guanella Family - Ready to Roll

Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer tourist season for Georgetown and this weekend with the re-opening of Guanella Pass, after years of restoration, paving, and mud and rock mitigation, we were off to a great start.  Thursday evening the festivities began with a presentation at The Devil's Gate History Club with locals, including the Guanella sisters, sharing Memories of Guanella Pass.  Friday saw the official opening of the Pass from Georgetown to Grant,  with speeches, general congratulations all around, and a giant ribbon cutting, followed by a trip over the Pass.  Vintage cars, sport cars, Mini-Coopers, four wheelers, and even a burro were ready to give the new road a try!

                                                                                                        The Guanella family had great cause to celebrate last October when they went to Italy for the canonization of their relative Blessed Luigi Guanella as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church!

Looks like car trouble!

Finally, on Saturday this lone burro was replaced by 41 others as they gathered for the annual Burro Race - an eight mile stretch through mountain roads!

Keeping the peace in G'town!

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