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From the editor: Lovin’ those Steamboat summers

— If you spend any time at all in Steamboat Springs, you will likely hear the saying, "you come to Steamboat for the winters but stay for the summers."

Since moving here in mid-July two years ago, I have most definitely discovered the truth of that statement. I still enjoy everything about winters in the 'Boat, but I find summertime simply magical. In particular, I love the fact that I have 14 hours of daylight to enjoy the natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation that the Yampa Valley offers.

Just this week, I went tubing on the Yampa River for the first time, climbed to the summit of Hahn's Peak and went fly-fishing with my sons on Mad Creek. During all three adventures, I stopped to take plenty of photos in honor of Explore Steamboat's #SummerinSteamboat photo contest. I know I can't enter to win, but I can share my photos and remind others to participate.

Not only will our readers have the chance to see their photos appear weekly in print and online if they enter, but there is also a grand prize and two smaller monthly prizes at stake.

The person who sends in the most photos throughout the contest period, which ends Labor Day weekend, will win a hot air balloon ride for two, valued at $500, from Wild West Adventure Balloons. Ensignal Verizon Wireless is sponsoring two monthly prizes, valued at $250 each, to be awarded in July and August to our most prolific and creative posters.

This summer's photo contest is not limited to selfies. You may also send in photos of you, your friends and family enjoying summer in Steamboat that are taken by others. Some people have sent in landscape photos, and while they are beautiful, we want pictures with people in them.

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To enter, simply post your picture to your Instagram account and tag the photo with the hashtag #SummerInSteamboat. Each week, we'll pick our favorite photos to run online and in our weekly Explore "Out and About" feature in Friday's issue of Steamboat Today. To view the photos as they are posted visit ExploreSteamboat.com/SteamboatSummer.

The purpose of our contest is to celebrate summer in Steamboat Springs and draw attention to all the amazing things there are to see and do in the Yampa Valley. Your photos can be taken at local festivals or events or while enjoying the great outdoors.

There is no limit to the photos you can enter. The more pics you post on Instagram with the #SummerInSteamboat hashtag, the greater the chance you have to win one of the prizes or see your photos published.

So I encourage you to get out and experience summertime in Steamboat. Snap a lot of photos and share them with us. We will also be sharing our photos with you on our new Instagram accounts. Follow us at @ExploreSBT and @SteamboatPilot.

Happy summer!

To reach Lisa Schlichtman, call 970-871-4221, email lschlichtman@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @LSchlichtman