An off-season ‘to do’ list |

An off-season ‘to do’ list

Can you feel the relief yet? Labor Day is over, the leaves are changing color, the air is cooling, and downtown Aspen is quiet again. Offseason is setting in, so take a deep breath and look around.Summer is big and spectacular in these parts, and we’ll all miss it. But fall is equally enchanting for its peace and subtlety. Don’t forget to savor it.Here’s a short list of autumn to-dos:1. Do your part to help the hurricane victims, through whatever means you prefer. There are literally dozens of opportunities and relief efforts in the Roaring Fork Valley, and we’re writing about them every day in The Aspen Times.2. Get out in the car, on foot, on your bike or on horseback and enjoy the colors. Independence Pass, Maroon Creek and Castle Creek are all local favorites, but if you can stand the price of gasoline, then try Kebler Pass near Crested Butte.3. Drive over Independence Pass at least once and head to Leadville or Buena Vista. You may not see them again until May or June.4. Sign a petition to recall District Attorney Colleen Truden – today, which is the last day organizers will be collecting signatures. This matter warrants a vote of the people, and we must not forget our election-season civic obligations.5. It’s a great time of year for the Hot Springs Pool and the caverns in Glenwood. It’s less crowded, and the water’s even more inviting when it’s nippy out.6. Thank a passing tourist for stopping through, or at least provide accurate and detailed street directions. It’s the least we can do when tourists’ dollars enable most of us to pay the rent.7. Yes, special events are eroding the offseason, but there are some good ones coming. Check out the balloon fest in Snowmass Village, or Ruggerfest or Filmfest.8. If you don’t already have a hunting trip planned, then get up early one morning and go find one of our local elk herds. There’s one down in Spring Valley and one over in Snowmass, just to name two. If you hit it just right, you can catch the elk bugling and rough-housing with one another.9. Go cheer for the home team at a local football game.10. Plant bulbs for next spring.11. Tune your skis before the lines get too long.12. Or better yet, just treat yourself to a new pair.

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