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Family Fun around Greater Aspen, Colorado

Frolicking in the FoutainFrolicking in the Fountain ASPEN, CO- It’s the most glorious summer in Aspen in years. There’s a slight smattering of clouds and only trace elements of the usual afternoon showers; this summer, the theme has been hot temperatures and thriving wildflowers, with the occasional puffy cloud adding a splash of texture to the endless blue horizon. Choose Aspen for a multi-faceted, adventurous and thoroughly engaging family vacation, with activities, sights and sounds to appeal to a span of ages and interests.

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Redstone Motorcycle Rally

REDSTONE, CO - As I blasted down the highway from Aspen to Carbondale on my way to Redstone on my motorcycle, I could not help but feel overwhelmed by the awesome views and warm summer wind hitting me in the face. Although I have rode that stretch more times than I can remember, I never take it for granted.

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Fresh Vegetables and All Things Local

Basalt and Aspen residents shop for local produce at Farmers Market: Basalt and Aspen residents a have cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to chose from at local farmers market.Basalt and Aspen residents shop for local produce at Farmers Market: Basalt and Aspen residents a have cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to chose from at local farmers market.BASALT, CO -“Good morning,” the woman said cheerfully as she walked past me, munching on a raw bunch of kale. It was a beautiful Sunday morning in Basalt (25 minutes down-valley from Aspen), and the local farmer’s market was in full swing.

My boyfriend and I bought a giant cinnamon roll and a tall glass of iced coffee and walked around the market, enjoying the variety of stands. In between bites of cinnamon roll, I crunched samples of carrots, cucumbers, and turnips. “Watch out, you’ll never go back!” one woman warned as I popped a juicy bite of heirloom tomato into my mouth.

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A Wonderful "Bad Day" Hiking to Cathedral Lake

The view as I neared the end of the hikeThe view as I neared the end of the hikeASPEN, CO -My 1989 Chevy groaned with effort as I coaxed it past the locals pedaling their bikes up Castle Creek Road. It was only slightly easier to pass the roller skiers pushing themselves up the steep road. As one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s newest locals, I still marvel at the athletic abilities of the other residents. Turning onto a dirt path, I bounced the rest of the way to the Cathedral Lake trailhead. I found a place to park amongst several other vehicles, jumped out of my truck, and immediately smelled the pile of dog poop my foot sank into. Wiping it off as well as I could, I arranged my backpack and enthusiastically began my way up the path. After about two minutes I realized that I had forgotten my book, so I turned back to get it. “Well this is off to a great start,” I thought sarcastically. Finally I had all of my gear, the smell had mostly disappeared from my shoe, and I was able to enjoy the scenery as I hiked up the path.

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Aspen Summer Words in Review: Just Some of Many Highlights from the Aspen Writer's Foundation

Author Kathryn StockettAuthor Kathryn StockettASPEN, CO -“That brook is…so loud. I can’t hear myself read,” said a student, just a little loudly, during the poetry workshop at AWF’s Aspen Summer Words. That pesky brook, also known as the Roaring Fork River, was indeed babbling far below the terrace outside the Aspen Institute’s Doerr-Hosier Center, home to this year’s “Crossroads: A Literary Intersection of the American South.” Even more distracting may have been the perfect Mediterranean climate and the abundant summer hillsides; it was a cloudless week of blue skies and dry, light breezes, vastly different from climate and landscape of the American South.

Thursday, two young men from today’s New Orleans spoke on their lives, pre and post-Katrina, captivating the audience with first-person accounts of violence, devastation, upheaval and ultimately, renewal. “I think there’s no such thing as a bad writer,” said James Jones, aged 17; “ as long as you put your heart and soul into it, it’s gonna be good. My uncle taught me that I shouldn’t use downfalls in life as a crutch; I should use them to move ahead, and become even stronger. After Katrina, I got to talking a lot about souls.”

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The Aspen Institute presents Norm Gershman and Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII

Norm Gershman at the Aspen InstituteNorm Gershman at the Aspen Institute ASPEN, CO -“I don’t take photos at things, I take photos of things,” says world-renown portrait photographer and humanitarian Norm Gershman, reflecting on his latest work, before a captive Aspen audience. “I don’t photograph war, destruction, murder…I photograph people. Good people. Many years ago, my wife and I were at dinner and she was talking about a horrible attack in Central Park the night before. I said to her, ‘You know what else happened last night? 3 million people made love. Which should we focus on?’”

Such is the hopeful outlook which fueled Gershman’s six year adventure and revolutionary new project, finding, photographing and documenting the stories of Muslims in Albania and Kosovo, who sheltered Jews from the Nazis during WWII. Gershman visited Aspen on Friday, June 18, as part of the Aspen Institute’s Fireside Chat series. The book is "Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII" and is now available, world-wide, while the documentary film of the adventure, "God’s House", produced by the award-winning JWM Productions, is slated to be released in late 2011.