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Coot Lake: Your Favorite New Place for an Afternoon Walk

June 14th, 2021

Colorado has a lot of mountains, and sometimes you may want something a bit more relaxing than scaling the flatirons. That’s what Coot Lake is for. It’s a flat lake area that houses coots, mallards, and lots of other ducks. A lot of the lake actually acts as a wildlife preserve for wetland species, so expect to see a fair amount of ducks and birds. You may even see a Northern Harrier, which is the most threatened nesting bird species in Boulder County. It’s also a very popular gathering place for dog walkers and runners, who can be seen pacing the trails in the area. Although,... Read More

8 Easy Mountains to Summit in Boulder

June 9th, 2021

Despite the snow moving in and winter approaching, there will still be many beautiful days for hiking. While you may not be ready for a winter Fourteener, I think you can definitely summit some of these super close beautiful mountains with amazing views. Just be sure to bring your crampons! Although some of these trails at the right time you may not need the crampons. My list gets progressively harder, so start at the top and climb your way up to the tops of those mountains first. 1. Bald Mountain, 1.5 miles one way: From Boulder, head west on Mapleton and on up about 7 miles on Sunshine Canyon.... Read More

Settler’s Park in Boulder

June 9th, 2021

Settler’s Park is a pretty area with an array of short trails. With red rocks, springing up from the same formation that caused the well known music doused Red Rocks in Morrison, CO- the Fountain Formation- Settler’s park is alive with geology, ecology, and history. As City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks says on their website: “Settlers’ Park got its name because it was thought to be the location of the first permanent camp of American settlers in the Boulder area.” That was back in 1858, when the area was still just being explored. You can find more information... Read More

The Best Place in Boulder to Watch the Sun Set

June 8th, 2021

Like a classic “look-out point” Legion Park sits on a hill peering over Boulder, the Valmont Reservoir, and the foothills leading up to the Continental Divide. You can count on most every nice sunny day (which happens a lot in Boulder) that the parking lot at Legion Park, managed by Boulder County, will be almost full of cars. The park can be found right on Arapahoe, between 65th and 75th streets. Park patrons can stay seated in their cars, just like an old drive-in theater, to watch the sun set over our little mountain town.  Or if you like you can explore down the trail. Right now... Read More

3 Inspired, Innovative, Boulder-Based Inventions

June 7th, 2021

Maybe you already know that the comfortable (and allegedly edible) innovation; the Crocs shoe, was created in Boulder County. Today we’re checking out some less explosive, but equally clever, Boulder-based inventions. This is one smart city, and the products created here prove it! Nimbus Cloud Dome The Nimbus Cloud Dome is a deceptively simple invention created by Boulder resident Cindy Litchfield. As a jewelry maker, she struggled to create close-up, glare-free photos of her products. No one had addressed the problem before, so she took on the challenge. The result was the Nimbus Cloud... Read More

6 Things That Make CU Alumni Nostalgic

June 3rd, 2021

It’s true, college can be the best time of your life. You’re living in the middle of a cultural hub and surrounded by people who know how to have a good time and hate CSU. When it’s all over, here are the things that alumni miss the most: Tailgating. Among the things that CU is good at, winning football games isn’t necessarily up there, but tailgating certainly is. Football games are an all-day event so by 8:30am on Saturday morning, the Hill is popping with music, mimosas, and people getting ready to grill. If you ask around, a lot of students don’t even have tickets to the actual game... Read More

Confession of a Boulder Budtender

May 30th, 2021

This week I was criticized by a reader for not offering a true “confession” like the title of this blog suggests. Alright I have a reader! The thing is though, there is not much to expose about being a budtender. There are no secrets that need uncovering, no whistleblowing that needs doing, and no oppressive leader that needs toppling. I am not an investigative journalist up here to call out the weed industry for their abuses of power, I am just a dude who works in a weed shop. “Breaking News! Nobody likes strains that are low in THC, more on this story next week”. I like to make fun of... Read More

Sawhill Ponds Trailhead, Boulder

May 28th, 2021

Sawhill Ponds is another beautiful park in the plains in Boulder. For some Gunbarrel residents the park is in walking distance and provides beautiful landscape views, ponds for fishing, and wide hiking trails. The City of Boulder manages the park, which means Green tags for dogs are applicable here. The trails connect to Walden Ponds’ trails, which is right next door.   Learn more about the park here. Have fun out there!  Read More

6 Things You Shouldn’t Forget in Boulder

May 28th, 2021

It’s a town full of adventurers, foodies, and oh-so-trendy college kids. You’ll want to be in the know and prepared for anything. Here’s what you shouldn’t forget when you’re in Boulder: Reusable Bags. These puppies can save your life. Plastic bags are the cancer of environmentally-friendly cities everywhere, so more and more places are passing legislation that imposes 5 or 10-cent fees for having to use plastic or paper bags at the check-out. Plus, if you forget your reusable bags when you’re checking out at Whole Foods or Sprouts or Trader Joe’s, people will... Read More

5 Times Buying a Fixer-Upper Might Be a Good Idea

May 26th, 2021

Television shows sometimes make buying and fixing up a home look like the best option for everyone. That’s certainly not the case. However, there are some times and circumstances when purchasing a home that needs some work is a great idea. When you can get an awesome deal Obviously, the best time to buy a house that needs work is when you can get an awesome deal. If your area is experiencing a buyer’s market with plenty of houses available at reasonable prices, then you may be able to snag a fixer-upper at a great price. According to Zillow, on average across the United States, fixer-uppers... Read More

Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado

May 24th, 2021

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Boulder’s Terrifying Mascot from the 1980s!

May 23rd, 2021

Meet “Buddy Boulder,” the mascot proving that even the gleaming citizens of Boulder sometimes make bad decisions. Or eerie ones at the very least. How was this grinning stone created? Well, in 1984 the Boulder Hotel and Motel Association had a “Mascot Mania” event whereby people were allowed to submit mascot ideas for the city of Boulder. The winners received cash prizes. You would think money would be incentive to create something inviting and recognizable. Sure, Buddy has the Flatirons on his head, but we just can’t stop looking at his cold, shifty, doll eyes. The... Read More

Hiking Tips: 5 Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness

May 23rd, 2021

Whether you are from out-of-town planning a trip to beautiful Boulder County, you have family and friends coming into town, or you are a native, protecting yourself from altitude sickness is a must! Here are five tips to avoid getting sick while enjoying Colorado’s beautiful outdoors. Get Acclimated. If you live at a lower altitude, it is best to avoid strenuous activity the first day or two after you arrive. Your body needs time to get used to the oxygen deficiency that comes with the higher altitude. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Because of Colorado’s arid climate, you are more likely to get... Read More

Boulder’s Best Kept Secret: Hessie Trailhead

May 22nd, 2021

So it is indeed getting chillier… but SO WHAT. You are a devout outdoorsman or outdoorswoman and nothing less than apocalyptic plague of locust would stop you from racing up mountains, rambling through rivers, or taking Zibeon, your falcon, out for a jaunt. A great place to start is   at the Hessie Trailhead, which leads into the Indian Peaks Wilderness, no matter your level of outdoorsy-ness. I list several hike options below ranging from easy to difficult. Easy Hikes First Waterfalls on Middle Boulder Creek: A very short hike from the actual trailhead, and just over 0.6 mile from parking... Read More

A Brief History of the Beer Boot

May 21st, 2021

Drinking beer is not the only thing I do, so the other day, I decided to go on a lovely jaunt through downtown Boulder. Where was I walking, do you ask? To the Bohemian Biergarten, of course! I was on a quest to discover the history behind the beloved beer boot, or Das Boot, as many of us fondly refer to it. I arrived at my destination, but to my disappointment, their Bavarian chef, Martin König, was away, and my question could not be answered. I actually think my curiosity may have sparked the same questioning surrounding Das Boot in others. Anyways, I am not the most patient person, so instead... Read More

West Flanders Brewing Company : A Truly Intercontinental Tale

May 19th, 2021
West Flanders Brewing Company Boulder

At this point, I realize it’s rather passé, but I just have to talk about this month’s unusual weather one more time. Notably, the daily gloomy forecasts remind me very vividly of my time spent in the city of Amsterdam. As a young and impressionable collegian, I can’t imagine a better crash course in beer culture. Every day would greet us with thick fog, the occasional drizzle, only to be replaced with an onslaught of rain and grumpy attitudes. So, along with some of the other Americans on my study abroad semester, decided to seek out Amsterdam’s best bar for beer. While... Read More

Staying Healthy in Your 20’s

May 19th, 2021

Photo credit: Rand Corporation I was on Facebook today, scrolling through my newsfeed waiting for my next class to start when I came across a New York Times article by Tara Parker-Pope titled, “The 8 Health Habits Experts Say You Need in Your 20’s.” Though I consider myself to be a healthy person, I am in my twenties so it intrigued me to see if I do any of the habits that it mentions. The first question in the article asks something like, “if you had one piece of health advice for people in their 20’s what would it be?” Before reading on, the answer that I came up with was to drink... Read More

5 Ways to Live Greener

May 18th, 2021

I love the outdoors. The purity and sanctity of nature is something many of us take for granted, and nothing is more disappointing than seeing trash on the bank of a mountain stream or finding plastic in the underbrush of a backcountry trail. Our planet is in danger, and it’s up to us to do our part and make a difference in protecting it so future generations can enjoy the beauty of untouched nature the way we have been able to. But how to even begin? The internet is flush with examples of people who live a zero-waste lifestyle, who started recycling companies at age 7, who invented tools to... Read More

Pearl Street’s Quick ‘N Dirty Backstory

May 17th, 2021

A Boulder resident in the 1940s remarked that Pearl street is “a good place to buy a pair of socks.” I think this adage holds true today, and that Pearl offers Boulder exponentially more to go along with those socks. Pearl Street is supposedly named for one of the wives of the original 54 founders of Boulder. However, I have also heard whispers that “Pearl” was a madam of a brothel once located near what is now Pearl Street. The first explanation is more likely, though I find the second more provocative and appealing. If I had to describe Pearl Street, I would say it’s an intermingling... Read More

Cheba Hut: The Munchie Cure

May 16th, 2021

If you’ve been on college hill in Boulder, you’ve probably seen the sign that reads:  Cheba Hut “Toasted Subs”.   You don’t have to be a college student to delight in this fresh approach to made to-0rder sandwiches “where the only thing fried is the occasional customer.”  With shops in Colorado, Arizona, California Oregon, New Mexico and Wisconsin, Cheba Hut embraces the local communities in which they serve. Weed-themed Sandwiches:  You’ll have fun just reading the Cheba Hut menu filled with references to the canna-verse vernacular.  Each sandwich... Read More