Our Version of "Rush Hour"

My family’s recent hike on Palisade Rim Trail, with its expansive views of the Grand Valley, was a refreshing reminder of the many reasons we locals choose to make the Western Slope our home. The air was sweet with peach and cherry blossoms springing to life, peppering the valley floor in pastel colors. Fellow hikers, also out for their first glimpse of spring, waved hello and commented on the glorious weather. Some were hiking with grandchildren; others carried babies in backpacks while helping toddlers scramble through juniper bushes. 

The spring itch to spend more time outdoors is a welcome one. We pause to talk with neighbors walking dogs or riding bicycles after dinner. Gardeners flock to greenhouses to talk shop about vegetable starts and which flowers to grow this summer. Golf courses and hiking trails receive more visitors than in sleepier, colder months. We don’t mind our version of “rush hour.” Instead of feeling stress behind the wheel after a long day at work, we’re on the single track, flashing our fellow residents a smile
as if to say, “This is why we live here!” 

We are proud to feature people unique to our area. In this issue we profile longtime resident and beloved artist Jac Kephart, and craftsman Ryan Cowan. We also share the stories of those who make their living in cattle ranching and hemp farming here. Additionally, we have several spring recipes, including the Strawberry Pimm’s Cocktail drink on the cover, perfect for a sunny afternoon with friends. Don’t forget to add our upcoming festivals, sporting events, and live music concerts to your calendar — there are many listed inside these pages. 

Spoke+Blossom belongs to all of us here in western Colorado, and we are proud to share our stories. Thanks for reading!

Cat Mayer

Publisher/Creative Director