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Crested Butte, Colorado, United States · Member since October 2011
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A native of NYC in the 1950s, Clearwater Beach, Florida in the 60s, I headed west to Colorado in 1971, settling in the Gunnison/Crested Butte valley in 72. I'm a published freelance journalist, writer and photographer as well as a vocalist/musician. I write features for the Crested Butte News-Weekly and you'll see my stories and photos in the Crested Butte Magazine as well as other regional publications. I've been dubbed "Fairy Godmother to the Inebriated" since I drove the Mountain Express shuttles for 8 years and more recently the late night taxi. My motto is "No drunk left behind." The truth is, I enjoy taking care of people.

I've been in tourism for decades and have experienced all walks of life from an historic restorationist, arts council and concert creator, tour guide, to restaurant owner and galley girl on a deep sea fishing vessel. I've sung in bands that toured from western mountain towns to all over Asia.

Fully entrenched in Crested Butte culture you'll find me in every parade and celebration of my town as one of the infamous Red Ladies (since 1984), or as a cast member of Vinotok, the Protector Spirit Aviana (Check out the Vinotok festivities through an online search). As most Buttians, I have a verve for life... and the required costume trunks ;>) I have a 72 VW Bug and love being counted among Crested Butte's colorful characters.

I've traveled extensively throughout Asia, SE Asia and Italy and will never lose the wanderlust or the joy of meeting new people. I love hearing other traveler's stories and experiences and look forward to hearing yours.