This year our annual trip to Colorado and visiting the gallery in Aspen was threatened by local wildfires. The weather was very warm and all of Colorado was extremely dry. Fortunately, the fire was contained a few miles away from downtown and the air was clear and the skies were blue. This year we were also very lucky to have my parents staying with us. We not only played a lot of cards and odd board games, but also had my Dad sing and play guitar with Natalie, even putting on a Country Roads duet. Elliott Yeary Gallery is always so kind to promote my work and was great in putting together a wonderful showing of my art. While we enjoyed the music festival and the performances at the music tent, we also really loved just sitting back at Paradise Bakery and listening to the musicians relaxing and getting a bit funky while we ate our chocolate-banana muffins and ice cream. This year was also a bit different, since Natalie is now a bike riding pro and doesn’t just sit on the handle bars anymore, and we were able to rent bikes as a family and hit the road. Later, we drove over the pass and deposited Natalie at her summer camp.