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Rocky Mountain National Park Series - Park Campgrounds Open

by Cory Dudley

 

Despite the six feet of snow that some areas of the mountains received late this month, 4 out of 5 campgrounds within Rocky Mountain National Park are open and ready! The ever-changing weather is something we love about our state; one day we're buried in snow, the next it's melted and made way for sunshine and warmth..

Because these campgrounds are inside the park itself, the sites are reserved well in advance. Get a jump on it and line everything up for the beginning of summer! 

 

Aspenglen Campground - 54 sites total - 12 tent only - 5 walk to 

With equal amounts of shade and sunshine, this campground is popular for family tent camping and RVs alike. There are also several sites that you must walk to which provide a more secluded and serene experience for those looking to get away from the hustle. Seasonal inclusions/services: Firewood and ice for sale, food storage lockers, trash & recycling collection, amphitheater use, staff or volunteer host on site, potable water, and flush toilets. There are no showers at this campground. 

 

 

Glacier Basin Campground - 147 sites total - 73 tent only - 13 group sites

Enjoy lots of grass, shrubbery and season wildflowers that sprout in nearby meadows. Certain loops have lost nearly all of their trees due to Pine Beetle damage, so be mindful of that when reserving a site in Loops C & D. Group sites are available as well, so you can bring the whole crew! Seasonal inclusions/services include: Dump station, firewood and ice for sale, food storage locker, trash/recycling collection, potable water, staff or volunteer on site, amphitheater use.

 

 

Moraine Park Campground - 247 sites total - 101 tent only - 49 walk to 

Located near the Beaver Meadows entrance on Highway 36, Moraine Park Campground offers gorgeous views of the park and surrounding mountains and hillsides. If you're looking to explore nearby civilization as well, there are free shuttles that connect the campground to Bear Lake trailheads and Estes Park restaurants and shops. Seasonal services/inclusions include: Dump station, firewood and ice for sale, amphitheater, staff or volunteer on site, potable water, flush toilets, and vault toilets.

 

 

Timber Creek Campground - 98 sites total

Timber Creek is the only campground on the west side of the park, and is about 8 miles north of the Grand Lake entrance, right along the Colorado River. All sites are first-come, first-served; reservations won't help you here! Due to a Pine Beetle infestation, all the trees were removed from the campground so no shade can be found. Seasonal services/inclusions include: Dump station, firewood for sale, trash/recycling collection, amphitheater, staff or volunteer on site, potable water, and flush toilets. 

 

 

What Are Real Estate Experts Saying?

by Cory Dudley

 

 

As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying:

Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist

“Positive demographic factors should continue to reshape the housing market, as rising employment and incomes appear to be positively influencing millennial homeownership rates.”

Diana Olick, CNBC

“Even as more homes come on the market for this traditionally popular sales season, they're flying off fast, with bidding wars par for the course. Home prices have now surpassed their last peak, and at the entry level, where demand is highest, sellers are firmly in the driver's seat.”

Daren Blomquist, Senior VP at Attom

"I am guessing we will see it get even better… If you are considering moving, it could be a really good time to sell."

Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist

"The early returns so far this spring buying season look very promising as a rising number of households dipped their toes into the market and were successfully able to close on a home last month. Although finding available properties to buy continues to be a strenuous task for many buyers, there was enough of a monthly increase in listings…for sales to muster a strong gain. Sales will go up as long as inventory does."

Mark Fleming, First American Chief Economist

“Despite higher mortgage rates, the potential for home sales increased on an annual basis driven by steady income and job growth, along with a surge in building permits. While it may be a little late for this spring, the increase in building permits is a welcome sign that some relief may be in sight for the inventory shortages that are holding back many markets from realizing their full potential this spring.”

Local Events This Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 


 

Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Here are some events going on in Longmont and Boulder...

 

Saturday, May 27th 

 

Better You, Better Earth - 7:00 to 9:00 am - Longmont

Come out to this special all day event, complete with yoga, meditation, live healing arts demos, music and wellness vendors.

 

Jackson Cloud Band - 8:30 to 11:00 pm - Longmont

 

Summer Vacation Sale - Store hours - Longmont

The Used Book Emporium's Summer Reading Sale runs through June 3rd. All used children's and young adult's books will be 20% OFF!

 

BolderBOULDER Expo and Sports Exhibit - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm - Boulder

During the race weekend, take advantage of these events. Grab sample products from hundreds of vendors and learn about the latest in running innovation and technology.

 

Boulder Creek Festival - Boulder

The festival open to the public and free! Fun for people of all ages. You'll find 9 separate events areas that showcase 500 vendors with varying services and goods. Don't forget about the carnival rides, and food & drink trucks, too!

 

Run Deep Film Festival - 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Boulder

Head to the Trident Cafe's back garden for this year's Run Deep Film Festival. Pizza will be available before the films start and stick around afterwards if you'd like to hear Ryan Van Duzer talk about his experience running and filming in Ultra Caballo Blanco. Film lineup can be found HERE.

 

Sunday, May 28th

 

Sunday Afternoon Zumba - 5:00 to 6:00 pm - Longmont 

‚Äč Join Karina Xaubert for an upbeat zumba class, fun for all levels! $5/person

 

War Dance - 6:00 pm - Longmont

Longmont's Community Drums will lead the community in a Modern Day War Dance, with the intention of connecting people through music and dance. Come join in on the storytelling, dancing, music and dining!

 

The Matt Flaherty Band - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm - Boulder

Get funky at the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery with a mashup of members from various Colorado bands. 

 


Must-Visit Colorado Hot Springs

by Cory Dudley

 

There may be 80 degree weather down along the Front Range in Colorado, but our mountains are still chilly and even snowy in many areas. It's the perfect time of year for a weekend mountain getaway... Be sure to keep warm by highlighting your trip with a visit to one of Colorado's best hot springs! Below are our top picks throughout the state that provide rustic, unique experiences with gorgeous views (in true Colorado fashion, of course!)

 

Penny Hot Springs - Carbondale, CO 

Drive along Highway 133 south from Carbondale and you should have no problem spotting this lovely spot along the banks of the Crystal River. Now and then the pools can become flooded with an excess of spring snowmelt run-off, so summer is a great time to take a dip! Make sure you pack in and pack out - there are no amenities, trash containers or bathroom facilities. One of the perks to the Penny Hot Springs is it's small size; only 10-12 people can relax at a time. If you drive up and spot more than 4 cars at the turnout, chances are it's all full up. 

 

 

Valley View Hot Springs - Villa Grove, CO

This non-profit, clothing-optional spot is in the beautiful land of the San Luis Valley and offers some truly breathtaking views. Several of their all natural ponds are found along wilderness trails, so can hike and then soak! Admission is limited and an OLT Membership is required, which you can read all about HERE. 

 

 

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs - Ouray, CO

These particular geothermal waters were originally tapped for healing purposes back in 1925 and have been enjoyed ever since. You must be a guest of the lodge to enjoy their hot springs tubs, which are terraced on the mountainside directly behind the building. Each of their four redwood tubs provide gorgeous 360 degree views of the nearby San Juan mountains, and countless stars at nighttime. 

 


 

Dunton Hot Springs - Dolores, CO 

Deep in the mountains of southwest Colorado you'll find Dunton Springs; a restored 19th century ghost town turned mineral hot springs getaway. Cabins can be rented out or you can opt to experience 'glamping'; luxury camping that comes complete with mountain bikes and en-suite bathrooms. Have a wedding or family reunion coming up? The entire town and ranch can be rented out exclusively for larger events and parties, too. 

 

 

 

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa - Hot Sulphur Springs, CO

With 21 mineral pools and baths, you'll find plenty of variety and space here no matter when you arrive. Temperatures are controlled and vary from 95 to 112 degrees, and they keep everything as natural as possible; no added chemicals and no filtering or re-circulation of their waters. Lodging is also available here if you'd like more access to the mineral-rich waters.

 

 

Avalance Ranch Cabins & Hot Springs - Redstone, CO

3 natural hot spring pools were created and designed with the natural landscape of the rock formations in mind. Because of it's location in the Crystal River Valley, you'll be privy to breath-taking scenery. Water flows from the top pool down to the others from a waterfall cascading down a rock grotto - massage, anyone?

 

 

Strawberry Park Hot Springs - Steamboat Springs, CO

Strawberry Park is well-known for being one of the more rustic hot springs around. Somewhere between the rock and sand pool bottom and all the stars you can see at night, you'll realize that you truly are out in the wilderness when you come here! It's clothing-optional after dark and runs alongside the river for those looking to get the heart pumping. 

 

 

Sarah Jo's HOT PICK of the Week!

by Cory Dudley

 

My HOT PICK for the week is 326 E 8th Avenue in Longmont, Colorado! Located near Clark Centennial Park and Kensington Park, this cute ranch home is also close to downtown Longmont restaurants and shops. 

 

 

This is one-level living at it's best, on the corner lot in a central location in Longmont. Parks, downtown shops and restaurants are all just a walk or short drive away!

 

 

Enjoy the open floor plan and modern, sleek Pergo flooring throughout

 

 

 

Lots of light in this home, especially in the den! The design surrounding the wood-burning fireplace was custom created to compliment the feel of the home.  

 

 

The remodeled kitchen includes features such as tiled flooring, a unique dining nook, custom concrete counters, an undermounted sink and stainless steel appliances - which are included in the sale!

 

 

 

 

 

4 bedrooms means plenty of space for the whole family. Your master suite includes a private master en-suite bathroomwalk in closet and custom vanity

 

 

Your laundry room right off the kitchen makes it easy to get household chores done while juggling the rest of day to day life. Clothes washer and dryer are also included in the sale of the home!

 

 

Plenty of potential in the fully fenced backyard. If you have a green thumb, you'll love the already built raised garden beds, perfect for lettuce or tomato plants! 

 

(Listed by 8z Real Estate)

 

If you'd like a private showing of this adorable home, give me a call - I'm happy to help! Maybe this one's not quite right but you'd like to live in Longmont... No worries! Click HERE for a list for currently available homes in the area, and then give me call...

 

 

Sarah Jo is a REALTOR and the Director of Marketing & Social Media for The Winning Team Real Estate Group. As someone who grew up right here in Old Town Longmont, she has excellent knowledge of the area and a love for it, too. With her client's wants & needs in mind, she strives to provide the best experience for everyone she helps! During the summer months she can be found soaking in the sun at Horsetooth Reservoir, snowshoeing and sledding in the winter, and driving up to see the aspen take on new colors in fall - no matter what, it's all Colorado, all the time.

Sarah Jo can be reached by mobile at 720.934.3404 or email at sarahjo@justlistedcolo.com.

 


 

Just before Colorado's last snowstorm rolled through, Bill Sycalik from New York City was running through Rocky Mountain National Park on his quest to complete what he calls a "life experience project"; to run a 26.2 mile personal marathon in all 59 U.S. national parks. 

"When I left New York City, I never thought that I would ever do anything like this," Sycalik said. "I never thought that I would break out of that typical corporate lifestyle."

 



 

He was unhappy living in the big apple, where he felt detached from nature and all of the wilderness that he enjoyed most. In an effort to push past his own limits and reconnect with the great outdoors, he decided to get back to his love for trail-running and visit as many national parks as he could in the process. But that wasn't quite challenging enough for Sycalik..

Instead, he decided he would run a 26.2 mile personal marathon through each of the parks on a course of he designed with the help of park rangers and topographers.

 

(Video Credit: Bill Sycalik)

 

For those of us who do not run marathons regularly, the entire feat is very impressive. Sycalik emphasizes that truly anyone has the ability and grit to complete a marathon! Transferring your movement over to a trail instead of a paved track is when the entire thing goes from mundane to magical. 

"It gives you an energy that you don't get running in a gym..", he says.

But no one said it was easy. People train for marathons, and it's worthwhile to note that it takes practice and repetition, like everything else in life. Find someone to help coach you and begin slowly conditioning yourself, working up to that 26.2 mile marker. Approaching it expecting immediate results will likely discourage you from continuing on at all.

Running in the outdoors and along uneven terrain is excellent for the body, too. Not only is it more physically stimulating but mentally stimulating as well. "You're part of nature," Sycalik says. "You're actually part of the surroundings, as we had been for thousands of years, but we've forgotten about it. And it gets you connected to that again."

During his run through Rocky Mountain National Park, he encountered some of Colorado's wildlife, including deer, elk, bison and bears. In the coming days, pictures from his trip to RMNP will be added to other galleries of the beautiful places he's been on this trip.

 

(Photo Credits: Bill Sycalik)

 

Once his journey is complete and all the national parks have been visited, Sycalik plans to settle in the Denver area and remain close to friends. His dream would be to work in an industry he is passionate about, such as outdoor clothing or vegan nutrition.

We'll look forward to welcoming someone to our colorful state that is so clearly Colorado at heart! 

 

JUST CLOSED in Loveland, Colorado!

by Cory Dudley

 


 

Congratulations to our home buyers! They are excited to begin their new journey as a family in this lovely, brick ranch home in Loveland, Colorado. 

 

 

Thanks to it's location on a 1/2 acre lot, and the wetlands that it backs up to, the family was able to create a new space for their chickens, too. Christa was happy to have found them something that was so perfect so quickly! 

If you're looking for a home in Loveland, click HERE for a list of currently available properties on the market. We'd be happy to set you up with a private showing...

 


 

Christa is a Licensed REALTOR for The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Christa is a Winning Team's Buyer's Specialist. Her business background gives her the experience and expertise a Buyer needs and wants in today's competitive market. Christa lives with her contractor husband, Guy, and their two pups Bubba and Whim in the foothills of North Boulder. Christa can be found spending her free time mountain biking, skiing, running and enjoying her home and property. It's all that Colorado has to offer that keeps Christa and Guy happy, healthy, and enjoying life to it's fullest.

Christa can be contacted via email at christa@justlistedcolo.com  or mobile at 303.913.9698

 

UNDER CONTRACT Near Waneka Lake...

by Cory Dudley

 

Congratulations to our first-time home buyers! We're so excited to help them find the first home in the beautiful, highly sought after city of Lafayette, Colorado.

 

 

 

The house is near Waneka Lake Park; a 147 acre wildlife preserve that includes trails, a playground and picnic area, and fitness stations. The area is particularly good for bird watching, and a number of raptor species can commonly be seen, including the Bald Eagle. 

 


 

The home's close proximity to Boulder allows for lots of exploration in the foothills and downtown scene, as well as an easy commute to nearly anywhere else!

We were up against 9 other offers and thanks to our proven systems and determination, we helped our clients win the home of their dreams. Call us if we can help you find the perfect home, too! 

 

 

Christa is a Licensed REALTOR for The Winning Team Real Estate Group at Old Town Real Estate in beautiful Longmont, Colorado. Christa is The Winning Team's Buyer's Specialist. Her business background gives her the experience and expertise a Buyer needs and wants in today's competitive market. Christa lives with her contractor husband, Guy, and their two pups Bubba and Whim in the foothills of North Boulder. Christa can be found spending her free time mountain biking, skiing, running and enjoying her home and property. It's all that Colorado has to offer that keeps Christa and Guy happy, healthy, and enjoying life to it's fullest.

Christa can be contacted via email at christa@justlistedcolo.com  or mobile at 303.913.9698

 

Motivational Monday - Discipline Is King

by Cory Dudley

 

 

Discipline is quite different than it's partner-in-crime, motivation. But it is perhaps the single most important factor in the equation to success!

 

Motivation ebbs and flows and can change in a moment, adapting to it's surroundings and external conditions. Discipline, however, is that thing you call upon to climb the toughest mountains - or the tasks you know you must complete but lack the motivation to do so. If you are effective at managing yourself and your own efforts in the world, your discipline will come from within you. It will will call upon your feelings and mood toward a certain task/habit and use them toward achieving that which is important to you. Discipline is a muscle you exercise so that your life can consistently reflect your values; motivation doesn't always have the same follow through...

 

There are several ways you can exercise your discipline muscles, and many things to be aware of if you wish to improve in this area. 

 

Remove Your Feelings From the Equation

 

Maybe your goal is to get up each morning at 5 am and workout for an hour. Guess what? That early hour will roll around the next morning and you'll want to hit the snooze button.What's lacking? Motivation!

The biggest impediment to success is that we are all dictated by our feelings and emotions. Instead of seeing reaching our goals as the ultimate prize, we expect to be reward all along the way. And be honest - if you did hit the snooze button once, twice, or three times, wouldn't you finally roll out of bed feeling worse than if you'd simply gotten up despite your feelings?
 


 

"Discipline replaces motivation because you show up consistently. The goal is too important to allow feelings to get in the way.

- Stephen R. Covey 

 

If you rely on your feelings, you are significantly less inclined to put 100% into that task before you because your actions are being entirely dictated by immediate emotional states. Discipline, in the other hand, will show up time and time again, no matter how you feel in the moment. A disciplined person recognizes that the ultimate goal is the true purpose, therefor it is crucial to remain diligent until the end.

 

Focus On 1% Gains 

Slow and steady wins the race, right? The smaller, gradual and consistent improvements are what ultimately separates those who achieve and those who fall short. These short improvements will lead up to marginal gains and set you apart from the rest. The key is to start small and achievable changes that get you that much closer to your goal.

 

 

What Is Your Daily 'Why'?

It is of the utmost importance that you discover the underlying motivation behind the goal you are pursuing. If you lack the compelling reasons to reach your goal, maintaining your discipline will be difficult to near impossible. 

 

"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to broken."

- Samuel Johnson

 

 

Something will always come up in day to day life, big or small, that will seem to conspire against you and challenge your resolve. Give in and your success will be squashed; all your efforts will have been in vain. When such moments arise, you'll need a strong desire behind achieving your goals. 

Continue to be persistent in the face of fears and adversity by clinging to a strong 'why'. After all, you're worth it and so are your goals! 

 

Local Events This Weekend

by Cory Dudley

 

Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Here are some events going on in Longmont and Boulder...

 

Saturday, May 20th 
 

ArtWalk - 4:00 to 8:00 pm - Longmont

‚ÄčExperience live artist demonstrations, interactive activities, musical performances and pop-up vendors. The entire event happens on Main Street, between 3rd and 6th Avenue.

 

Hair of the Downward Dog Yoga - 9:30 to 10:30 am - Longmont

Every Saturday morning, before most of the world has awakened, a group of beer-and-yoga lovers convene at Wibby Brewing for an hour long class in the taproom. All levels are welcome here, and the $10.83 price tag includes a pint of beer after class! Please bring your own mat and a towel for comfort.

 

Historic Callahan House Open House & Tour - 4:00 to 8:00 pm - Longmont

Come to the Historic Callahan House (312 Terry Street) and admire the work of several local artists amidst live music in their gardens. This event is open to the public and is FREE.

 

Monty Python's "Spamalot" - 7:30 pm - Longmont

The Longmont Theatre Company presents their current production of "Spamalot." Prepare to laugh and participate in this entertaining musical that is filled with crazy characters and plenty of shenanigans. Tickets start at $18.

 

Rooftop Party at Samples Bistro - 2:00 pm - Longmont

Join Samples World Bistro and Sam Adams for an exclusive Tap Takeover party to celebrate! You'll be able to try 6 unique Sam Adams beers, including the award winning LongShot. Live music will be playing, and beers will be tapped promptly at 3:00 pm. NO COVER for this 21+ party! This is your only chance to get the LongShot in Longmont, so be sure to stop by.

 

Spring Arts Day & Craft Sale - 11:00 am - 5:00 pm - Boulder

Head over to the Boulder Shambhala Center to explore meditative arts through demonstrations and hands-on classes. This is a free, drop-in program that you don't need to register to. The craft sale portion of the event is in the Community Room and will feature works such as calligraphy, herbal skin care products, paintings, cushions and more. 

 

Triple Crown Parties - 11:30 am - Boulder

The West End Tavern welcomes all Triple Crown fans to celebrate The Preakness. Enjoy the race on a big screen with Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps aplenty! Prizes will be handed out for the best dressed ladies and gentlemen.

 

Sunday, May 21st

 

Blues & BBQ at The Dickens Tavern - 2:00 to 5:00 pm - Longmont

Bring your friends out to the Dickens Tavern patio for some sweet music, $2 Bud Lights, BBQ specials and a lot of fun! Jack Hadley will be playing and it promises to be a good time.

 

Family Yoga Fun Time - 4:00 to 6:30 pm - Boulder

Save the date! Take advantage of craft time, partner yoga play, butterfly flow yoga, yoanasium, a family dance party and more. 

 

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