ABOUT JULIE STEPHENS
Living at 9,000 feet, in one of the most remote areas in our country is
not easy or convenient and that keeps most people from living here
all year round.
I love that. Crowds and traffic are not an issue –
least not until the warm season visitors start arriving.
From My View’ is my newspaper column and from my view the autumn aspen colors and winter solitude in
our little mountain village are to be relished. Of course there is the intimacy with nature as
the elk gather in the sunshine up on snowy hills and while we have no
traffic lights, we wait as the deer meander through town.
Tasks that would be
mundane otherwise are also more intimate. There is no mail
delivery; so, as we retrieve our mail we chitchat with our neighbors catching
up on each other joys and sorrows. After the recyclables are sorted, a visit dump – or the transfer
station as my friend who works there refers to it – is in order every so
An editor friend says that it sounds so romantic to write in the mountains – indeed it is.
Writer and photographer. “Nature is essential for my essence. Crystal Peak is the view from my writing nook, always changing, subtlety, my muse”