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Going to school in Colorado is a great experience; you get to enjoy all four seasons and the Rocky Mountains provide lots of areas for outdoor activities. Snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling, downhill mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, hang gliding… the list goes on and on! This is what I enjoyed most about living in the great state of Colorado, but I also learned that when you're facing the elements of your environment, you need to be prepared for all situations. It's smart to carry a first aid kit, tire chains, road flares and some basic automotive tools in your vehicle. It is also very important to pay attention to road and weather conditions; if you're going on a road trip, be sure to check the forecast to see if you're going to run into a storm.

During spring break of my junior year, I spent the week out in Vail, a world renowned ski resort. I had a friend who was working as a lift operator and I got to stay at his place for free. The first half of the week, snow was falling at record rates. By Wednesday of that week, thirty eight inches of fresh powder was blanketing the five thousand, two hundred and eighty nine acres of terrain. Thursday through Saturday were blue skies and sunshine, making it was one of the best weeks on the mountain I've ever had; snowboarding from 9am to 4pm everyday, and then hitting up a bar at the end of the day to hang out with my friends.

On Sunday I had to return home. As I left Vail, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. It was smooth sailing as I made my way east on I-70. But when I got to Eisenhower pass, things suddenly changed. Traffic slowed to about 25MPH as I made my way through the tunnel and when I got to the other side it was snowing heavily. A few miles past the Eisenhower tunnel, there was a car stranded on the side of the road, so I stopped to see if I could help them out. A guy named Jessie was in the driver's seat. His alternator had failed and the battery was now dead. He had called a tow truck driver, but due to the heavy traffic and poor weather conditions, he was going to have to wait a while for help to arrive.

Visibility was very poor that day, so I gave him two of my road flares to help caution other drivers on the freeway. He couldn't turn on his heater, and even though his feet were muddy and he jacket was soaked, I offered him a seat in my truck while he waited. Thankfully I had my trusty camouflage seat covers and rubber car mats to protect my interior. An hour later the tow truck driver arrived. While he was loading Jessie's car onto the flatbed, the driver told us why traffic had stopped; to our surprise, someone was changing a flat tire on the side of the road and their car was hit by another driver on the freeway. Luckily no one was injured, but he told us how smart it was of us to put out those road flares, if the guy changing his flat had used them, he might have avoiding the accident.

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