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Life on El Galeon: An Almost Spanish Sailor’s Log

16 May

On May 10, 2016, El Galeon Andalucia maneuvered her majestic mast beneath the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and returned to Port City Marina, what last summer’s crew called the tall ship’s “most successful port visit.” Indeed, record numbers of wannabe pirates, history buffs, and tall ship enthusiasts  flocked to Pier 33 to tour the 170-foot replica of the 16th century Spanish […]

From Diligence to Dock: Boot Camp by the River

22 Mar

“Looking for a new exercise opportunity?” read Marybeth’s message.  I sipped my morning coffee and scrolled through the link she’d posted on my facbook wall. “DILIFit,” said the link, a free community exercise program with the crew of the USCG Diligence. “Work out with the Coast Guard!” read the very catchy headline. Marybeth is my former boss, and […]

Opus One: my first day in Wrightsville Beach

14 Aug

. by Jamie Lynn Miller Wednesday, July 25, 2012   Supplied photo courtesy of the Bell family Jason and Tracy Bell with their three children. I just heard the most beautiful story. I moved to Wilmington about a week ago from Aspen, Colo., to head to grad school, start work and soak up the rest […]

Yard Sale in Green Fringe

14 Aug

I start the day early because I didn’t put a time on the signs.  I figure the sale will start when I’m ready to drag all my shit out and lay it across the lawn.  But I’m wrong.  The rummagers come early and while I’m partially set up by 8:15, one seriously- seasoned expert in […]

How the Bowl Gets Born – A Day in the Life of an Aspen Highlands Bootpacker

2 Jun

At 12,392, Aspen Highlands Bowl, aka the Bowl, may be the most fun you’ll ever have, in-bounds. Locals know it well, and hike and ski it often; regular visitors look forward to their annual hike up the Bowl and bring first-time visitors along, who feel like a zillion bucks upon their first summit. Hiking the […]

The Real Secret of Aspen (What VH1 Didn’t Tell You)

2 Jun

“My game is tight. I slay the Coug.” So reads the facebook status of Da Bizzler, letting us know his take on the world. Da Bizzler presents himself as a weight-lifting, motor-sports revving, cougar-lovin’ 20-something, who spends his time watching 300 and dreamin’ of Da Cougs. A friend posts a greeting from a Spanish-speaking country […]

Challenge Aspen hosts IPC Alpine World Cup – Next Stop, the Paralympic Games in Whistler

2 Jun

This weekend, the flame was lit and the games began, again. March 12th rekindled Vancouver, as almost 300 torchbearers ushered in the glow of the 2010 Paralympics Games, March 13-21. And just over a week ago, Challenge Aspen hosted nearly 120 competitors from 20 countries on the slopes of Buttermilk, for the last stop on […]

Champagne, Rockslides and Rock and Roll: A Fine Time to be Stuck in Aspen

1 Jun

Some spent the evening sequestered in the splendor of the Viceroy, swilling champagne, savoring the flavor of Eight K’s menu samplings and cheering Jeff Bridges at Aspen Film’s Oscar Party in Snowmass; some friends and I opted for a quiet, cozy night at Markham’s Bar at the Hotel Lenado, where we kept the bartender company […]

Confessions from the Bread Aisle: The Perils of Passover in Aspen

1 Jun

Passover and Easter welcome spring in Aspen, sure as sudden snowstorms followed by random bouts of 50 degree sunshine. “Happy Easter” texted my friend Dave, spreading pastels and good wishes to friends everywhere. “You mean Happy Passover. Hope you’re eating lots of leavened bread in my honor,” I texted back, feeling weak from lack of […]

Medical Marijuana: It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

1 Jun

Josh Griggs, co-owner of Ute City Medicinals, Aspen’s third and latest medical marijuana dispensary, runs up the stairs and shakes my hand. “Sorry we’re a little late,” he says, with a chuckle: “It’s just the nature of our business!” Griggs and his partner, Brett Nelson, are long-time locals who needed a change of work pace. […]