—Illustration by Sarah Hanson
On a sunny day in august 2014, Brenda* swallowed a capsule of MDMA—a component often present in the illegal street drug known as Molly or Ecstasy—donned eyeshades, and reclined on a therapist’s couch in Boulder. From the time she was three until she was 12, Brenda had been sexually and physically...
—Illustration by Alison Seiffer
I dropped rocks into the drawstring pouch, cinched it tight, and clipped it to a carabiner. Then, with the grace of a gorilla, I tossed it high toward the tree limb, willing the weight of the sack to guide the attached rope over the top of the branch.
I missed. The bag made it 20 feet into the...
Jeff Lowe in Ogden Valley, Utah —Photo courtesy of Wick Beavers
Jeff Lowe sits in silence on the second-floor patio of his two-bedroom apartment in Louisville and shifts uncomfortably in the early September heat. He slouches in his wheelchair; sweat beads on his ashen forehead. Lowe looks frail after his most recent stay in Foothills Hospital’s intensive care...
—Photo by Sarah Boyum
Dustin Hannasch felt like a cork stuck halfway into a bottle. Buried to his knees in powder, the now 23-year-old struggled to pry his snowshoes free with every step. After three hours he’d covered only a mile and a half on the North Pass of the Cochetopa Hills, near Gunnison, but the discovery of a...
—Shutterstock; all embedded photography by Paul Miller
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—Photography by Jeff Nelson
Floral designer Jil Schlisner put together a fresh take on traditional holiday decor for this home’s bold double doors. And to her, that meant one thing: pinecones. “I have always loved pinecones for that quintessential Christmas feel. What’s nice, though, is that...
—Photo courtesy of Hal Williams
On a bright and unseasonably warm March day, Auden Schendler, Aspen Skiing Company’s vice president of sustainability, and I trudge up the boot path to Highland Peak. Once we reach the 12,392-foot summit, we click into our bindings and ski down Highland Bowl, a 40-plus-degree pitch that drops 2,500...
—Photo courtesy of iStock
It’s not easy to say why, exactly, but some places are more magical than others. Maybe it’s the sense of history or intriguing culture, or perhaps a complex landscape or even the light in the air. Whatever it is, Taos has it. A five-hour drive from Denver, this town of 5,766 residents somehow feels...