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VISITORS

As the weather cools and the leaves fall, we feel lucky to still be getting lots of visitors at our Paonia headquarters in western Colorado.

Longtime subscriber Linda Grey, from Golden, Colo., brought her friends Sarah Tyson and Betsy Aker of Aurora, Colo., by the office in mid-September. Over the weekend, the three retired teachers hiked at nearby Crested Butte. Sarah told us that Linda, who has traveled the world for climbing, is "highly qualified" to guide Betsy, the most recently retired of the bunch, in getting the most enjoyment from her retirement. Betsy wholeheartedly agreed: "She's showing me how to do it right." We hope we'll have our own retirement guide when the time comes.

Linda Hamilton, from Fort Collins, Colo., came to visit in late September. She's an environmental educator at Lory State Park and has been a subscriber since the early '90s. She came across her first copy of HCN while studying at Colorado State University's library and was taken with our coverage of the Glen Canyon Dam. We'd like to thank her for reading HCN ever since.

Hiking buddies Bruce Luer, from Evergreen, Colo., and Brad Digmann, from Denver, took some time out from rambling around nearby Kebler Pass to say hello. Bruce, a subscriber since 1984, says he wondered to himself, "Where have I been? This is the greatest environmental magazine in the West." Flattery always goes down well, and we appreciate his commendations. Brad admitted to poaching copies from Bruce, which (unlike poaching deer, say) is both legal and just fine by us. Poaching eggs is OK, too, especially with good Hollandaise sauce.

John, Terese and Harvey Rainwater (like what falls from the sky, they say) swung through Paonia after leaf-peeping in nearby Aspen. An unexpected fall from the car put 10-year-old Harvey in the hospital briefly with a concussion, extending their trip by a few days and giving the family an opportunity to explore the North Fork Valley. They rallied their Subaru Forester up dirt roads, ate at an organic farm in Paonia and visited HCN before heading back home to Englewood, Colo. Harvey says he doesn't read his parents' copy of HCN, but he does peruse Architectural Digest, so we can only hope HCN is next on his list of unique magazines.

Terry Perry from Bellevue, Colo., came to Paonia to visit her daughter, Meggie, who is working at a local organic farm, Rain Crow Farm. Terry was also enjoying "a respite from rebuilding after the High Park fire," which burned 259 homes west of Fort Collins in June.