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Watching the USA Pro Cycling Challenge yesterday, I felt like Gil in the movie “Midnight in Paris,” seeing in person all these characters I knew so well from a different reality.

I've “known” Versus commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin for years. Their British banter has long been the sound track to my family’s annual three-week obsession with the Tour de France. For the entire 20-stage tour, we eat dinner in front of the TV, watching Lycra-clad butts wiggle on their bike seats and analyzing strategies, alliances, attacks, crashes and breakaways as though Cadel Evans might call any minute seeking our advice. 

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Muir and me

Jul
2011
13

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            I’m one of those impatient book readers who skim over the descriptions, greedy to get back to the plot. So, though I always admired the nature writings of Thoreau and Muir, I read them like a carnivore at a vegetarian buffet, scanning the bounty for some beefy entrée that seemed to be missing.

            Still, I found myself waxing rhapsodic this morning as I strolled among waist-high wildflowers on the ditch trail out Brush Creek. Maybe I should give old Henry David another chance.

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Sitting here writing while it snows (and snows and snows), I find myself thinking: April is the month when our deep connection with nature turns into an abusive relationship.

As waves of snow and chill besiege us, it’s easy to personify Nature as some intentionally cruel snowflake-hurler (if we can’t control the weather, we might as well enjoy being victimized by it). Now I understand how the Greeks came up with all those gods and goddesses with serious personality disorders.

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I recently skied out with ten friends and family members for an overnighter in the Maroon Hut at Gothic (see this winter’s Crested Butte Magazine for hut info). We skied in well laden with cheese and sausage hors d’oeuvres, bacon and eggs for breakfast, spaghetti and homemade sauce for dinner, pear-walnut-feta salad, wine, beer and zebra cake (sneaked in for Tyler McIntyre’s 24th birthday). We did not go hungry. But looking back on our little outing, I see that it wasn’t just about the consumables; it was really about the other ways we feed ourselves.

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This winter the pipes burst and water flooded my family's Skyland condo, and while it's being repaired, we're living downtown (at Seventh and Red Lady) for the first time in 15 years. Today as I walked my dog around the block, I remembered the joys of being a Crested Butte "townie." 

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Virtual adventures

Jan
2011
21

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For your next plunge into the world of virtual adventures, here are two new online destinations created by Crested Butte Magazine contributors.

Luke Mehall, an earnest climber, adventurer and writer who has written several articles for the Crested Butte Magazine, just released the second issue of the Climbing Zine. And local writer-photographer Mike Horn has posted issue two of the online magazine Stokelab. The two publications bear little resemblance at first glance, but both give a taste of the spunky, gutsy lifestyle so common in our mountains.

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Be one of the first five people to correctly answer the following questions and you will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to Django’s. Send your answers via email to: [email protected].

There will be a drawing from the first five correct entries to determine the winner.

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