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7 Best Year-Round Boulder Beers

September 28th, 2020

1.  Avery, White Rascal Don’t let the devilish rascal on the can scare you away because this unfiltered Belgian-Style White Ale is delicious. Expertly spiced with coriander and orange-peel, it is flavorful and easy on the hops for those looking for lower a IBU. 2.  Upslope, Pale Ale This golden hued ale is a satisfyingly balanced option for anyone looking for a beer with just the right amount of hops to add flavor and still make for relatively easy drinking. It is bright, crisp, and always feels like the sweet spot between Upslope’s Craft Lager and IPA. 3.  Boulder Beer, Shake They weren’t... Read More

6 Reasons Why Moab is a Great Escape From Colorado Fall

September 28th, 2020

Let’s face it Colorado is beautiful in the fall but for some, it just is not their favorite time to camp.  While most days are absolutely beautiful and make great camping weather some days see 40-degree swings between the highs and lows and it can get pretty damn chilly at night. Maybe you read my article about the 7 features to consider when buying a winter sleeping bag and you bought that sleeping bag and you’re still cold.  Well, you have a few options, you could go back to California, Texas, or Florida because you clearly aren’t cut out for this state or… you know go camping... Read More

Motivational Monday – Weeding Our Garden

September 28th, 2020

All living things share a litany of commonalities. We’re comprised of carbon, we need nutrition in some way, shape or form, we benefit and get energy from sunlight, we need hydration, and the list goes on. When a child looks at a group of adults, they typically see no differences. For them, it’s a collection of individuals much older than they are and they tend to generalize them. They do not know or understand the difference between 20 somethings, middle aged individuals, or their great grandparents. Human nature is to cluster. We group like with like and spend little time differentiating... Read More

The Best Bike Rides in Boulder for Everyone

September 27th, 2020

Boulder has the highest percentage of bike owners of any town in the US. 71% of the population owns at least one bike. This means that 71% of the population owns the ultimate exploring machine. As a cyclist I have been on almost every road in Boulder and the surrounding area. Sometimes I head west into the mountains, and other times I like to cruise around out east on the flatter roads. No matter where I go, I often look around and think about how if I weren’t a cyclist I would have never seen most of these places. The reason for this is because as a cyclist we look for roads with low traffic,... Read More

Are the Boulder Flatirons Remnants of Ancient Beaches?

September 27th, 2020

You will learn how Boulder’s iconic Flatirons formed. Turns out, Boulder was once beachfront property. The Flatirons are Boulder’s favorite portion of the Fountain Formation, a geological formation of mostly red sandstone. This sandstone, more appropriately called “arkose” gets its color from the pinkish feldspar contained it it. This red rock makes up the Red Rocks of Morrison and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. The Fountain Formation stretches from Colorado Springs all the way to Wyoming. The reddish color is due to the concentration of feldspar in the sandstone,... Read More

Faces of Boulder: Meet Shiro

September 26th, 2020

Meet Shiro! Shiro is a digital marketing manager at the local marketing firm, Mondo Marketing and part-time adventurer. Mondo Marketing is a marketing firm in Boulder that focuses on marketing Japanese products from companies with an emphasis on outdoor gear and apparel.  For example, their major account, C3Fit, is a subsidiary of the company Goldwin, who is the distributor of North Face and Helly Hanson in Japan. Shiro first moved to Boulder in the fall of 2010 from the Seattle, WA area, initially to start school at CU Boulder.  While working part-time at the local Japanese restaurant Amu... Read More

3 Inspired, Innovative, Boulder-Based Inventions

September 26th, 2020

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

TOMFOOLERY at the Aurora Fox Center

September 26th, 2020

I went out in public. Yes, all the way outside of my house, to a public event, where there were strangers that I did not know, and I sat in a row of seats and watched these unfamiliar humans who, and I am not making this up, were in the same exact room as me. The event was Tomfoolery, a revue of the works of Tom Lehrer, at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, directed by Kenny Moten and executive produced by Helen Murray. I’ve seen a number of other productions at the Fox and never been disappointed so I was curious to see how this creative company would handle a pandemic-age production. The Colorado... Read More

RARE SIGHT CAUGHT ON VIDEO – Mountain Lion Captured Swimming Across Reservoir in Colorado

September 26th, 2020

In an rare and amazing video posted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Durango, a mountain lion can be seen swimming across McPhee Reservoir! Check out the video HERE!  Read More

Eight (Really Bad) Reasons College Football is Back!

September 25th, 2020

Wearing my Colorado Buffaloes jersey I scurried to the kitchen and grabbed the closest dishrag.  The dust had accumulated on the chips-and-dip bowl placed high above the shelf, but I would take care of it.  The logoed beer glasses would need a rinse, but that could be salvaged as well.  The Big Ten had just announced that college football was coming back, and conferences such as the Pac-12 and others would soon follow their lead. Football was back! It was crazy to think that just over a month ago the Big Ten postponed all fall sports due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

September 24th, 2020

Nick is in love with the ski and snowboard industry. Ever since moving to Boulder a couple of years ago, he has loved the laid back culture and positive vibes that surround the ski and snowboard world. When Nick was hired by Deviation, a Denver based ski and snowboard company, he told me he couldn’t have been happier. He became a sales rep for them and was delighted with the pleasure of representing Deviation at the 2017 SIA Snow Show. Nick obviously showed a passion for the sport and a bond with those who practice it. He was more than happy to tell me all about Deviation’s missions... Read More

10 Songs That Mention Boulder

September 24th, 2020

The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (2016) So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover That I know you can’t afford Bite that tattoo on your shoulder Pull the sheets right off the corner Of the mattress that you stole From your roommate back in Boulder We ain’t ever getting older Shawn Mullins, “Santa Fe” (2000) He was living with some hippies in school bus They had puttered here from Boulder covered in dust He said I know a little lady living 30 miles up the road The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Colorado Christmas” (1997) But all along the Rockies you can feel it in the... Read More

Mountain Biking at CU? I Thought it was Only for Roadies!

September 24th, 2020

  For those of you who are already part of the Boulder mountain bike community, it may seem crazy that many people don’t know about the many opportunities for mountain biking around Boulder.  When I first came to CU, I had no idea there was a collegiate mountain bike team.  Of course I knew there was a team for road riding, but since all I ever read or saw in pictures was about the road team, I didn’t even think to look at CU Cycling’s website to see what other disciplines they participate in.  It wasn’t until the beginning of my second year that I happened to see... Read More

Outdoor Adventure of the Week: Walker Ranch Loop

September 24th, 2020

Nestled up Flagstaff Road just a few miles outside Boulder, you will find a collection of three different trails. The longest and one of the most popular is Walker Ranch Loop. Nearly 8 miles long, this moderate trail has a total elevation gain of about 1700′ and is popular among hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers alike. If you find that you want to spend even longer in this beautiful area long after you finish your hike, there are picnic tables located at each of the three area trailheads. Pack up a simple picnic or grab a sandwich on your way out of town and enjoy your lunch in the... Read More

5 Great Mountain Biking Trails Near Boulder

September 24th, 2020

As spring nears and the snow melts (we can hope!), it will soon be time to trade skis for spokes and take to the mountain biking trails. Not sure which trails are worth the trek? Never fear—we’ve compiled five of the best bike trails in the area to get you started. 1. Sunset Trail East, Erie CO For those looking for a gentle start, this 1-mile beginner loop in Erie has high ratings, views of the plains, and nice easy switchbacks for a pleasant afternoon ride. This singletrack trail offers connections to Sunset West, County Road 5, and other trails and roads for those who want to keep on going. 2.... Read More

Faces of Boulder – Pic of the Day!

September 23rd, 2020

“The best decision I ever made was moving out here. It’s beautiful, I mean that scenery, right? And the people are so friendly and happy. It’s been the best year of my life for sure.” – Ashley Stewart  Read More

Hiking with Dogs in Boulder: What to Know, Where to Go

September 23rd, 2020

It’s time to start getting back out on the trails. What better to venture into Boulder’s beautiful open spaces than with a furry friend. Boulder Open Spaces and Mountain Parks offers a sprawling 145 miles of trails to the avid hiker, and up to 90% of those trails are open to dogs. This includes the Chautauqua Meadow, Mt. Sanitas, NCAR trails, Bear Canyon, the Table Mesa Trails and much, much, more.   But, before heading into the great outdoors with your pooch, don’t forget to bring a leash and some doggie bags. While the Open Spaces and Mountain Parks welcome dogs, it is your responsibility... Read More

Girl Power!!! The History of Women in Boulder

September 23rd, 2020

In a recent study in Boulder, it was found that the city is leading the nation on gender equity. Currently, the national average for women’s wages are 84% of what men make. In Boulder the average is 88%. Boulder is obviously a special city, leading the nation in multiple avenues from preventative measures for climate change to progressive gender equality. This got me thinking about famous women in Boulder and the steps they have taken to catalyze change in their city and nation. If you were lucky enough to visit the Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder exhibit last year at the Art Museum at... Read More

3 Places to Visit on “The Hill”

September 23rd, 2020
woman holding white ceramic teacup

Almost every student at CU Boulder has an opinion about “The Hill,” a very popular section of Boulder with shops and restaurant within walking distance from the university. Many students, including myself, will head over to “The Hill” between classes for a quick bite to eat or to grab a cup of coffee. However, “The Hill” is also infamous for having a wild party scene and being possibly dangerous after dark. Because of this, I cannot responsibly recommend going to ‘The Hill’ at night, especially if you are alone. However, I have been to ‘The Hill’ a number of... Read More

Calming the Inner Storm: A 20-Minute Meditation for Reduced Stress

September 23rd, 2020

I was already up the mountain when it hit. Out of nowhere, it came rushing in—dark, gray, ominous clouds. At first, I was hopeful that it would all blow over quickly so that I might enjoy my rendezvous longer. It was noon, and based on my earlier report, the storm wouldn’t approach until 3 pm. But alas, what was now boiling up in the sky was here to stay, and at the first flash of white, I knew I had to get down the mountain to safety. No sense in remaining at what was close to being the highest point. No point in being stagnant. It was either stay or leave, so I retrieved my pack and descended... Read More