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We live in a very beautiful part of Colorado. Our valley is surrounded by spectacular mountains and traversed by a swift, cold river teeming with trout. There is a lot of history here. Many gold and silver mines operated here in the late 1800’s and when they were later abandoned the ghost towns that were also left now dot the mountains as reminders of our past. Many families lived in this sometimes harsh country and made a living in the mines or related industries. The mines have been abandoned but cattle ranches now fill the valley and tourism has replaced the mines in our economy. In summer there is rafting, fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding as well as visits to those historic ghost towns or local museums. In winter a ski area is nearby and there are snowshoe and cross country trails, snowmobiles, and ice fishing. There is also a flourishing art community and a theater. In summer a series of six concerts are presented in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival. Young artists just beginning their careers perform as well as teachers from the Aspen Music School. Many other concerts are offered by different groups during both summer and winter including the Alpine Symphony and a choral group called the Notables.

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Celia Bell 2012