Book Reviews

Suicide Forest (World’s Scariest Places #1) by Jeremy Bates

figure.jpgSUICIDE forest is real. the Japanese call it Aokigahara Jukai, which means “Sea of Trees.” Each year local authorities remove from it more than one hundred bodies, most found hanging from tree branches and in various states of decay. Abandoned tents, moldy sleeping bags, dirty daypacks, and miles of ribbon litter the forest floor. It is said the area is haunted by the ghosts of the suicides, and local often report hearing unexplained screams during the night. Signs warn visitors not to leave the hiking trails. These are routinely ignored by thrill seekers hoping to catch a glimpse of the macabre. Most find their way out again. Some never do.

Remnants: Shoes for a man, a woman and a child left in the Aokigahara Jukai forest on the flank of Mount Fuji in Yamanashi Prefecture.

“Every Road” by Michael Traveler, author of The Backroads series of books

every road leads somewhere
to challenges that forge our soul
to temptations that make us weak
to joys beyond measure
to blessings that run deep
to places where we feel safe to sleep
to graces that rain down on us from up above

but rest assured
every road leads somewhere
to knowledge and riches beyond compare
it’s up to us to pay attention to be aware

By Michael Traveler


Christmas In Aspen & Aspen Nightlife

Country Retreat - 1600x1200 - IDAspen, Colorado is a great place to spend your Christmas vacation. You can spend your days on the slopes, and your nights taking advantage of all of the planned Christmas activities, as well as the usual Aspen nightlife. No matter what your interests are, there is always something to do in Aspen.
During the Christmas season, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is presented at the Wheeler Opera House. Santa’s Village can be found in Snowmass Village and you will hear carolers there as well. White Elephant Parties  are common Christmas activities, and you can
even enjoy the Aspen Film festival.
The Holiday Torchlight Parade in Snowmass  village is a sight to behold. Make sure that you  don’t miss this! You can even participate in this parade! There are many Christmas arts and crafts programs offered around Aspen that your children will love to participate in as well. Make plans to attend the Winter Wonderland Christmas Party at the Aspen Recreation Center also.
For the ultimate Christmas adventure, make sure that you get in on the sledding and hot chocolate festivities and go for a sleigh ride as well. Christmas in Aspen is a very magical time of the year, and you should plan to spend at least one Christmas vacation here. Plan to stay at Snowmass.25731