Platts: The countdown is on |

Platts: The countdown is on

This past weekend, I came to a startling realization: June and July have come and gone. One would think that was incredibly apparent. But summer gets so busy that when you actually get a chance to stop and smell the flowers, you realize that there aren’t many left to smell.

We have so many grand plans in May. We have a list of objectives for the warmer months, a stream of endless possibilities to conquer before the cold settles in for winter again and the only true goal is to get more ski days than your neighbor. But after the hangover of Food & Wine, the intellectual thrills of the Ideas Fest, impressive patriotism of July 4th and the solitude of maybe one camping trip (if you’re lucky), suddenly we get to the beginning of August.

With dwindling summer days left, make sure to plan your time wisely. Just in case you need more ideas for things to do in August and (if weather permits) September, continue reading. If you have too much on your plate and don’t need even one more idea for something fun to do, then stop reading.

Hike a 14er

Whether you’ve summited nearly all of them or never even been at the trailhead of one before, take a day to hike a 14,000-foot plus peak. It’s a challenging experience and a great way to get to know a beautiful part of Colorado.

Dine Outside on the Mall

There’s nothing I enjoy more than splitting a bottle of wine with a good friend or family member over a tasty dinner, except if that dining experience can be enjoyed on a nice summer evening in downtown Aspen. Choose a few good friends, a favorite restaurant and a warm day and make a reservation for dinner. Hopefully some of the Aspen Musich Festival and School students will be out on the mall performing.

SUP Stillwater

Give into the Stand-up paddleboard trend. It’s popular for a reason. A great spot for beginners to experts is Stillwater up Independence Pass. The area is peaceful and beautiful. Just make sure to pick up your trash. We haven’t had the best reputation for doing that recently and we don’t want to lose access to such a great area because we can’t clean up after ourselves.

Aspen Saturday Market

Try to prepare a dinner solely with things bought at the Aspen Saturday Market. Pick up some sausage from Avalanche Cheese, veggies and fruits from Borden Farms, juice or a smoothie from True Nature and wine from Woody Creek Cellars. The dinner is sure to be tasty and fresh!

Picnic Outside the Benedict Music Tent

This experience on a Sunday afternoon is truly one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things to do in Aspen in the summer. However, make sure to follow the rules (which I outlined in my column two weeks ago, go to for more information).

Now that I’ve given you even more to put on your summer schedule I must bid you ado. There isn’t enough of the summer season left for me to keep sitting in front of my computer writing about how there’s not enough time left in the summer. And there most certainly isn’t enough time for you to keep reading about the fact that there isn’t enough time left.

So get out there and have some fun.

Barbara Platts came to Aspen for the winter, but stays for the summers. Reach her at

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