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1st Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party – BBQ, Beer, and Blues Create Camaraderie in Aspen

Street View: BBQ Pits line the street, each offering a unique BBQ specialty from various restaurants around the U.S.Street View: BBQ Pits line the street, each offering a unique BBQ specialty from various restaurants around the U.S.ASPEN, CO – Residents and visitors venturing into the chilly fall morning air of Aspen on August 28th were met with the strong scent of a variety of meats being smoked and grilled. Throughout the day, the scent only strengthened. The source was not difficult to find. A quick scan of the sky above Aspen directed those who were curious to the First Annual Big Aspen BBQ Block Party, a sister event to the Big Apple BBQ Block Party in New York City. The inescapable smell, sight, and sound of the event were, in my opinion at least, what made the event as successful as it was. The whole thing seemed last-minute. There was no advertising until just a couple of weeks before the event. The week before, not too many had heard about it. Many people seemed to come from the Aspen Saturday Market directly to the BBQ, just following the scent.


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Fall's Here, Time to Boogie Down at the Belly Up

Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.Snoop Dogg performing at Belly Up: Snoop Dogg performing live at Belly Up Club in Aspen, Co.ASPEN, CO - With Labor Day now behind us, we're entering the last calm before the winter storm. As many of us sit waiting, antsy for that first powder day we can rip down the mountain with a summer's worth of wanting fueling our skis, we forget to cool our jets and enjoy what our short but sweet Fall has to offer. At the front of my to do list for this fall, live music at the Belly Up Aspen!


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The Hunt...

Elk head wall trophy: Elk head wall trophy belonging to author’s husband from bow hunting trip.Elk head wall trophy: Elk head wall trophy belonging to author’s husband from bow hunting trip.ASPEN, CO - So my Man is a hunter and as of Saturday, August 28th, it's now officially Archery Season in Colorado for Deer and Elk!

For moi' this means that for the next month my husband and I will be on his "hunting" schedule:
1. Super duper early morning departures with potential late evening returns (if he hasn't "bagged" anything that is).
2. Erratic behavior as he puts together a "plan" and studies the areas available to him.
3. Lot's of laundry that has to be washed with the scentless detergent.
4. The endless anticipation of filling the freezer!
5. I become the "silent" partner in waiting ;)

Now, it's not like we have much of a regular schedule throughout the rest of the year but during this time what schedule we do have is erratic at it's best. Overall the hope of a FREEZER FULL OF MEAT makes the experience well worth it!


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Fourteeners: Before It's Too Late!

Trailhead of Grays: View from the trail head of GraysTrailhead of Grays: View from the trail head of GraysASPEN, CO -The mornings in Aspen are getting frostier and the nights more crisp. This can only mean one thing, summer's on its way out and it's time to take full advantage of the last few warm weeks we've got left. Colorado, known primarily by its visitors for winter activities, is actually home to some of most exciting and enjoyable summers found across the United States. Agreeable, seventy-something temperatures and sunshine for days are paired with landscapes fit for the gods. Summer activities in Colorado give the winter classics a serious run for their money. Among the top contenders: whitewater rafting, mountain and road-biking and my personal favorite, hiking fourteeners! Not for the weak in spirit or strength, conquering these massive mountains leaves climbers with a true sense of accomplishment and self-reliance.


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Charlie MacArthur Brings Stand-Up Paddling Comes to Aspen's Riverways

Paddling around the WhitewaterPaddling around the WhitewaterASPEN, CO - Charlie MacArthur, Aspen’s all-around accomplished mountain man, has a new fascination. He’s taught kayaking for decades, and paddled first ascents through river waterways throughout both the Rocky Mountains and Hawaii; he’s taught telemarking, alpine skiing and snowboarding in Aspen and Snowmass for 27 years, and raced his surf ski through 36 miles of open ocean in the prestigious Hawaiian Moloka’i Channel Race. These days, he’s combining key elements of Nordic skiing, surfing and kayaking across Aspen whitewater, bringing the latest craze of stand-up paddling to local rivers, inviting locals and visitors to jump aboard.


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100 Mile Dinners at Restaurant SIX89

Front of Restaurant SIX89: View of the front of Restaurant SIX89Front of Restaurant SIX89: View of the front of Restaurant SIX89CARBONDALE, CO - RESTAURANT SIX89, CARBONDALE, COLORADO – Wiping the sweat from my palms, I slowly formed a fist and tapped on the door. I was meeting my boyfriend’s mom for the first time. The worst part – my boyfriend would not be there to ease the tension and help us to get to know each other. The best part – he was working at Restaurant SIX89, where he would cook us a fantastic dinner. The woman who opened the door looked reassuringly familiar from pictures. “Hi, I’m Cyndy,” she announced, holding out her hand. After introductions and a slightly tense drive, we arrived at the restaurant.


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