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National Margarita day (and night)!
Feb22

National Margarita day (and night)!

FEBRUARY 22nd is National Margarita day (and night)! “Margaritas are popular in several Durango restaurants.  Olde Tymer’s– known for “cheating tourist and drunks”– offers great ones at reasonable prices… both frozen and on the rocks. I have also enjoyed them at Tequila’s as well as Fiesta Mexicana– all are on Main Street, Durango, Colorado, USA 81301 and all of them serve good...

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Blue Sky Day– fun in the sun; play in the snow! WINTER FUN!!
Feb21

Blue Sky Day– fun in the sun; play in the snow! WINTER FUN!!

Today is a Blue Sky Day– a time for fun in the sun with play in the snow! WINTER FUN!! Colorado is blessed with 280 to 300 days of sunshine per year… and along with that comes the most awesome blue sky.  We get some snow, and then the bright blue mountain sun dazzles your eyes with sparkles of brightness! Durango, Colorado is the center of my universe– and I am a local and global citizen.  Durango, known as the jewel...

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The College Entrepreneur – Book Review
Jun20

The College Entrepreneur – Book Review

“FLC alumni praises ‘do it yourself’ approach to making your school, build your business” For those of you currently attending college, this book may interest you… As a Fort Lewis College Alumni,  I can say that I do not use my degree… I started my own business. I was always a bit of a black sheep, I guess… Or maybe I was just passionate about doing different things. As an example in college,...

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Walking the Oceanfront Restaurants of Cassis
May06

Walking the Oceanfront Restaurants of Cassis

Cassis is a charming Mediterranean fishing port in southern France, known for pebbly beaches, narrow “calanques” or  limestone canyons, and its seafood restaurants. This little town has a magnificent feeling… One must approach the city center through narrow cobblestone alleys with patio dining tables, and walk onto a hustling stone street that opens into the harbor. Along the bay is a stone paved street lined with...

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Chamonix’s Finest – Banff Mountain Film Signature Image of 2015
Apr21

Chamonix’s Finest – Banff Mountain Film Signature Image of 2015

Earlier this month I attended the 40th annual Banff Mountain film festival at an intimate theater on the coast of Southern France. While listening to the excited young college students banter among the rows of soft seats, in a language I can understand bits and pieces of, I beheld a spectacular photograph. Soren Rickard’s “Les Drus” stretched before me on a movie theater screen… I was captivated and overwhelmed...

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Guido’s Restaurant Re-opens with New Flavor
Mar28

Guido’s Restaurant Re-opens with New Flavor

Seeking Gelato? Look no further, GUIDO’s has re-opened, and is offering a nice assortment of delicious flavors— like this yummy dish of hazelnut, raspberry and chocolate… After a short hiatus to refresh and remodel for spring, GUIDO’s returns. Soon to have pizza ovens and a new menu, some things will remain the same—like the ever popular meatball sub. The staff let us know that it is only the #2 sandwich in popularity—aced by the...

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Trail Magic – The Fallacy of Living Cheap
Feb21

Trail Magic – The Fallacy of Living Cheap

fal·la·cy /ˈfaləsē/ – “a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument.” Four months ago, I embarked on a journey to Asia. The main goal of this endeavor was to spend time with my amazing French girlfriend, so that we could get to know each-other better. We chose Chiang Mai, Thailand because we could stay longer here than we could in either the U.S. or in France, due to visa reasons.   Along with the...

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The Challenge of Mediocrity
Feb09

The Challenge of Mediocrity

Dilettante (dil-ǝ-‘tante). Noun. A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. (Oxford Dictionaries). A few years back, after decades of dabbling, I grew fed up with being a mediocre artist. I wanted an art consultant, someone to point out where I went wrong. But consultants are expensive, more than a daily ski pass. So it is fortunate I have an unemployed Inner Critic. She...

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Commodity Village at Wolf Creek
Dec16

Commodity Village at Wolf Creek

Com·mod·i·ty – /kəˈmädədē/  noun –  a raw material or primary product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee. Although relishing the opportunity to be outside in such a pristine place, I reminded myself I was in this meadow for a reason… The sight of these two posts in the marshy ground, brought me back to my mission here on this lonely pass in Southern Colorado. “This all could be gone“, I...

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Trail Magic – Crossing the Bridge
Dec02

Trail Magic – Crossing the Bridge

Seven years ago, I crossed the same bridge I stand upon now, both figuratively and literally. Looking back upon completing this circle 9000 miles from home, I realize this decision has been one of the most influential of my life. That being, to humbly submit myself to the unknown, and dance with it… Again, emphasizing the title of this series, “Trail Magic“… I’ve traveled through time, lost myself to the...

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Trail Magic – The “Digital Nomad”
Nov09

Trail Magic – The “Digital Nomad”

I’m not sure what “gallivanting around the globe” involves… But it sounds like something worth doing. Talking on the phone with my sister before I left the country last week, those were her words… “Gallivanting” is defined as, “to wander about, seek pleasure“. Which is partially true. For whatever reason, the uncertain lifestyle and persona of a global adventurer has become...

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Local Music Producer Tributes the Animas – “Orange River”
Oct17

Local Music Producer Tributes the Animas – “Orange River”

“Orange River” – The Chava People “I recorded this song because of the lack of oversight that was going on…”, states songwriter and producer, James Mirabal. “When all that mine waste rushed into the Animas I was really shocked and confused. Then I felt mislead and then finally angry… because this could have been prevented…” Soulful and lamenting notes pierce this hard and...

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Rainbows are everywhere in Durango!!
Oct08

Rainbows are everywhere in Durango!!

I love Durango.  Rainbows are everywhere. When I first moved here I found a double rainbow in the first hour! And this week alone I have seen two different rainbows on two different days… and a double rainbow graced the skies and filled up Durango just yesterday! So keep a good eye out… the rainbows of Durango may be stalking you! post by Sam Rose Visit Sam on his Great Dane website: ROSEDANES.com  ...

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Fall in Full Swing
Oct05

Fall in Full Swing

Across southwest Colorado, fall is settling in. The ever shortening days, paired with fresh winter storm systems created prime conditions for the fall color change this last weekend. The color change is a spectacular event only offered for a 2-3 week window in late September and early October in which the deciduous trees in the area (mostly Gamble Oak and Aspens) put on a massive display of color.  An all time favorite route is to...

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Lunar Eclipse Visits Durango
Oct01

Lunar Eclipse Visits Durango

A gathering of astronomic proportions took place this last Sunday throughout Colorado. Starting at about 8 pm a lunar eclipse was visible in the early evening sky. Folk of all kinds gathered to witness the stellar event from backyards, porches and trail-heads. In Durango, The Lion’s Den picnic shelter near Fort Lewis College, was a favored viewing location and parking in the area was scarce. Viewers excitedly talked as the...

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Preventing Skin Cancer
Sep22

Preventing Skin Cancer

Tips for not Getting Burned in the Colorado Sunshine Summertime in Durango is an epic time of year. Hiking, biking, rafting, boating, climbing, and the list continues make for many hours spent in the outdoors. One of the greatest things about living and playing in the Southwest is all of the sunshine, but there is a darker side. Exposure to UV Rays is a known carcinogen that may lead to various types of skin cancer. Furthermore, skin...

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Due Northwest – Part 3
Sep01

Due Northwest – Part 3

Life is a swinging pendulum. The more you push, the more it pushes back. The last branch of our trip consisted of very contrasting experiences. Late in the game, we were tired, sore and pushed to our limits in many ways. Covering 5,000 miles in five weeks while working has taxed us both… spending all of your time with one person (no matter who it is) comes with its own challenges. In the end we persevered and absolutely...

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Modern Herbalism in the Southwest
Aug27

Modern Herbalism in the Southwest

  It’s been five years since I interned with Deb Buck. At the time I was an ambitious college student looking for some practical knowledge about the ecosystems of the Southwest. I bought a few guide books about native edible and medicinal plants and very quickly realized how hard it was to learn about plant identification from books.  After explaining my challenges to a good friend, who recommended I talk with Deb, I got very...

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The Legacy and Future of Mining in the San Juan Mountains
Aug26

The Legacy and Future of Mining in the San Juan Mountains

The residents of La Plata County mourned the tangerine-colored river two weeks ago, and are now digesting the water quality data that the EPA and third party research institutions, like Mountain Studies Institute (MSI), have put forth to try and understand what this means for us and the future of the Animas River. Unfortunately, the events of early August were not a singular incident. They were a harsh reminder of a truth that exists...

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Due Northwest – Part 2
Aug16

Due Northwest – Part 2

The sea is a mysterious force to me. In the evenings, I sat and listened to her murmured secrets, hushed whispers, and thundering crashes along the shoreline. I was content with the salty breeze and the sunsets to wash me clean. This was not water I felt inclined to swim in. The rocky shores of the Washington coast, the frigid water and the unpredictable nature of the grey swells left me satisfied to watch her from the polished stone...

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