Local Tourist Colorado – 2013 Denver Zombie Crawl

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Denver’s 16th Street Mall on Zombie Night

The creators of the 1968 black and white film “Night of the Living Dead” could hardly have envisioned that one day, their handiwork would reside in the Library of Congress due to it’s cultural significance.  Who would have guessed that hundreds, if not thousands of Zombie movies would would follow over the next four and a half decades, that the most popular show on television would be set in the midst of a global Zombie apocalypse.  We are indeed a society with a fixation on the un-dead.

This Halloween season, we grabbed our cameras and headed to the 8th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl.  I haven’t yet heard an official number but I’m pretty sure there were fifteen thousand or so participants, dressed to the nines and slipping and slathering up and down the 16th Street Mall.  Enjoy the pics and be sure to check out our short video!

The Greatest Adventures are Waiting in Your Own Backyard.

zombie crossing

paramount

momgirls

tornjeans

2girls

groupparamount

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The New Normal

city skyline print

Our Routine was picked up by the wind and blown around in the Colorado spin-drift this winter, and as spring emerges we find ourselves landing softly in a new life at a much lower elevation.  We leave behind warm memories of living in relative seclusion at 9600 feet and we find ourselves excited about the new challenges at 5280.   Denver is our new normal.  Not only are we close to Family, friends and new opportunities, we are in the midst of a thriving city much different from the Denver that I grew up in.  We can’t wait to reach out from our new home base, find new experiences and share them with you all right here, so please stay tuned.

Napoleon Hill once said “A goal is a dream with a deadline”.  I simply couldn’t wait another day to get things moving along again, deadline met.  As for the dreams, they will take care of themselves.  It’s great to be back!

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Forward

The lenticular cloud formations light up like a giant marquee.  The stage is now set for the opening of a new season in the Colorado high country.  The warm days of Indian Summer have been wisely used, the wood is piled high and the plow sits ready to push back the spin-drift in the days and weeks ahead.  No longer do we lament the passing of what was, we now look to the challenge of the future with eager anticipation, knowing that prosperity is the offspring of hardship.

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Tales From The Crypt

Scattered along the hillsides that surround the historic towns of Central City and Blackhawk you will find dozens of cemeteries, final resting places of the hearty souls who traded the easy life for a chance to pull treasure from the Earth.  It can be a bit spooky to stroll through these graveyards at dusk on a cold fall evening, leaves crunching under your feet as you walk, looking over your shoulder with an unexplainable feeling that you are not alone.

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Santa Fe Escape

Palisades overlooking the Cimarron River – Cimarron Canyon State Park

Taking advantage of the best weather that Indian Summer has to offer, we headed south this weekend, chasing the last remaining colors of fall into the great state of New Mexico.  Our getaway took us to Taos via State Hwy. 64, then south along the Rio Grande River to Santa Fe.  How lucky we are to be so completely surrounded by places to go and things to see and to have the ability to roll back the seasons a week or two simply by driving for a couple of hours.

Canyon Road

Santa Fe is an artist’s mecca and there is no better way to feel the vibe than to find yourself on Canyon Road on a Saturday morning.  Over 100 galleries line this street and just being part of the crowd will inspire you to do something creative as soon as you get home.

I think the pictures say it all, great weather, great places, great company and a great weekend.  The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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Summer’s Grand Finale

The Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range from the Wet Mountain Valley

“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower” ~ Albert Camus

So bittersweet is this time of the year in Colorado.  The moment I see the first signs of Autumn, I find myself crying out to the season, “I miss you already”.  And as each week passes there is a sharpening of the senses, a greater appreciation for the gentle sound of the breeze rustling through the soft glowing leaves, the warmth of the sun, the length of the day.  I have been witnessing this grand finale of the Colorado Summer for my entire life, yet each time I am actually surprised that nature has so many colors in its palette.

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It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This

 

Late Summer Eve – West Spanish Peak and The Devils Stairstep

Summer has reached maturity in the Colorado high country and as we anticipate the annual explosion of colors that will soon take place, there is also a realization that the warm days and nights are slipping away, giving many of us incentive to get outdoors to enjoy them while we can.  Getting out might mean golfing, hiking, fishing,  taking a four-wheel adventure or simply having lunch on your favorite deck or patio.  The next time you are in Cuchara on a Saturday, drop in and experience the Cuchara Produce Market.  Jon and Ruth Ann Brandt of La Junta have been bringing the harvest of the plains to the high country each Summer Saturday for the past few years.  Melons, fruits, vegetables and other tasty Colorado products are set out along the boardwalk in front of the Cuchara Inn and it’s a great place to meet folks.  The Cuchara Produce Market is open Saturdays through mid-October.

                                           The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

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The Greatest Adventures Really Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard

A glance up from the kitchen window this week and Tammy spotted our local Bobcat friend in broad daylight, sitting on the walkway and steps that we commonly refer to as the “Catwalk”.  Great Shot Tam!

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Inspired Wood Art By Annie Enke

We are fortunate to live in the midst of one of Colorado’s richest art colonies, giving us the opportunity to be inspired by some incredibly creative people.  We recently completed a profile video for gifted woodworking artist Annie Enke and hope that you will take a minute and a half to be inspired as well.  Her work absolutely defines originality.   Also, visit  Annie’s website at http://www.AnnieEnke.com and see her work in person at the La Veta Fine Art Gallery.

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Stars Over Cuchara And The Stonewall Century Ride

The summit of Cuchara Pass is one of those spots that makes you feel like you are on top of the world.  At 10,000 feet in elevation and far from the lights  of Colorado’s more populated front range centers, this is absolutely one of the best spots to view the night sky over the southern part of the state as well as northern New Mexico.

Last week, around 400 hearty souls departed La Veta under the power of their own muscle and spirit to conquer a 102 mile, 7200 vertical foot bike ride over this lofty pass.  This was the ninth running of the grueling Stonewall Century Ride and we were there to capture the smiles of the event volunteers, and the bigger smiles of a few of the participants as they approached the final uphill revolutions of their aching thighs.  Congratulations Stonewall Century Riders!  Check out the event website at http://www.spcycling.org/archive.php

pictured in no particular order, Anne, H.E., Kathy, Mark, Flip, Susan and Carl

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