Ray and Deb Turner: Turns out, you can go home again
They say you can never go home, but last week, we found that so untrue. We lived in the Yampa Valley for 28 years and left 17 years ago to follow Ray’s work in Paonia. Ray and I started our married life together here and raised our family in Craig, with all three of our children graduating from Moffat County High School.
We decided to get a leftover elk tag and hunt the areas we used to hunt. We stayed at the Valley Vista Inn, which we found very neat and clean. We had read about the new chef and steakhouse at Mathers, so we decided to try it for dinner. The steaks we ordered melted in our mouths, and we had great dinner conversation with Tom and his wife, Stacy. It was like old times, as if it had been yesterday and not that 17 years ago.
Thursday, we had lunch at Cold Water cafe and again had a great meal and visit with Dennis Otis and Erin, the daughter of a dear friend of many years. After an afternoon of hunting we came back into town late and went to the Village Inn for a meal. Once again, the meal was great, and the service was fantastic.
We saw many old friends — people we both had worked with, kids I worked with at MCHS, neighbors and friends from more than 45 years ago. It felt as though we had never left.
Craig was and is a great place to live and raise a family.
Thank you, Craig, for your hospitality,
Ray and Deb Turner