Elwayville: The Road Trip not Taken

Basketball players have a saying: You miss every shot you don’t take. The same could be said of road trips. In college, I missed out on a trip to ski New England’s legendary Tuckerman Ravine with three other guys named Pete. I think I stuck around campus for some memorably unmemorable barbecue or keg party, … Continued

Elwayville: The Last Nature Poet

I grew up on the writing of Jack London, Beryl Markham, Mark Twain, James Fenimore Cooper, J.R.R. Tolkien, Zora Neale Hurston and Louis L’Amour. For a kid in Colorado, the worlds of White Fang, Huck Finn, West with the Night, the Sacketts and even Middle Earth were easily imagined, and more easily accessed just by heading up … Continued

Elwayville: Water Dogs

You know who loves playing in the water even more than you? Your everloving canine companion.

Elwayville: Real Nature

Do you find it in your expensive new Sprinter van, rushing to every spot there is to visit off the open highway, or just by doing nothing at all?

Elwayville: Denver’s Gift

Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is my favorite book. I read it once a year. I especially love the beginning of the chapter “A False Spring,” where Papa writes: “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if … Continued

Elwayville: The Mirror

October is the season of scares and new snow. What better setting than the old bars of Silverton for a ghost story? There’s a large, wood-framed mirror behind what was once the Miner’s Tavern Bar in Silverton, Colorado. It has been there for more than 100 years, reflecting the faces of Europeans in search of … Continued