The wildflowers in the meadows in the upper Castle Creek Valley that my father so vehemently protected are resplendent. If you need assistance identifying any of them, there is a wonderful photo book at the King Cabin created by my brother Greg many years ago. Take a day this weekend (open hours are for the weekend) and have a four-for-one-special. One beautiful drive south on Castle Creek Road. First stop: the Aspen Historical Society managed Ashcroft Ghost Town, open 9 to 5. Second Stop: across the street the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies owned Catto Center at Toklat open 9 to 5. Third stop: a stone's throw further south on the right, King Cabin: Ashcroft Ski Touring's summer Adventure Center and Toklat Gallery, open from 10 to 6. Stop four: the Pine Creek Cookhouse (call 970-925-1044 for hours) and the valley beyond. The walk along River Run from Ashcroft to Pine Creek is a must!
**At the King Cabin on Saturday from 2 to 6 DOUG GRAYBEAL will be painting plein air using watercolor and pastel. There is a beautiful scene of the north side of Ashcroft's Hotel View with the meadow in the foreground full of green gentian.
Afternoon on the Roaring Fork
**At the King Cabin on Sunday mid-day TREVOR HALL, a young man born in Aspen a few decades ago and now living in Grand Junction, will show some of his metal sculptures (or take commissions!)
Walrus: an example of Trevor's commission work
Toklat Gallery, on Two Rivers Road at Riverside Plaza
(intersection of Two Rivers Road and Midland Avenue)