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After a May of much-needed but still disheartening rain, it seems summer weather is finally here.

I couldn’t be happier.

There are still so many outdoor adventures I’ve yet to take, but I’m about to start working on my bucket list.

Mushroom Rock is up there. So are some hiking trails along Independence Pass.

And I can’t wait to go horseback riding up Sunlight again.

I know it’s blasphemous to say so around these parts, but being outside in the winter just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’ve never skied (cue gasps, shock, disgust!), and while last winter was certainly more pleasant than the northern Illinois and Syracuse misery I’m used to, I was still mostly content to stick to indoor activities.

So being able to be outside without a jacket is a big deal.

This is only my second summer in the valley, but I feel like over the last year I’ve gotten a lot of valuable suggestions for which outdoor adventures to go on.

But I’m still a newbie, and I’m always open to suggestions.

Friday

Carbondale’s First Friday is going to be a blast, as always, but there are some special things to know about June’s: First, Marble Distilling Company is having its grand opening, with promotions, specials and even a giveaway basket in collaboration with the Carbondale Clay Center and Harmony Scott Jewelry Design.

The Launchpad will have a ton going on, as usual. First, the dedication of James Surls’ roundabout sculpture begins at 5 p.m. From 6-7:30 p.m., the new historical book about Carbondale, “Memoirs of a River…Up the Crystal, Volume Two,” will be released with author Charlotte Graham and featured characters on site to autograph personal copies. And at 8 p.m., Dance Initiative presents “Damages: Hazards of Parallel Play,” performed by CoMotion: A Conscious Movement Project and choreographed by artist in residence Patrick Mueller. You can reserve your $10 ticket at http://www.danceinitiative.org, or pay $15 at the door.

For more First Friday details, visit the First Fridays Carbondale Facebook page — or just take a walk down Main Street and see all the fun as it happens.

Saturday

Big Daddy’s Sports Bar in Glenwood Springs is celebrating its three-year anniversary starting at 5 p.m. Help them mark the day by coming to their luau-style party, featuring music and drink specials all night long.

Sunday

Father’s Day is coming up fast. Do you know what to get Dad this year? A handmade gift from the Carbondale Clay Center will show him you care. Stop by any time between 2 and 4 p.m. and paint a special gift. You can choose from a mug, a box or a variety of other shapes. For $15 each, you will get all the supplies you need, and the Clay Center will fire your work in the kiln and have it ready for pickup in time for Father’s Day. There’s no need to RSVP, and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Jessica Cabe wants to know your favorite hiking trail in the valley. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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