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New Years Day Trek

Kitchen Mesa rising 600' from the valley

Jocelyn coming up through the narrows on the rope

Every New Year on the 1st of January we do something awesome. Last year it was a Crossfit (OMG) class in the morning. I am very grateful to have a wonderful home on the north end of  Heron Lake in Northern New Mexico so this year it was Hiking Kitchen Mesa at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico with my girlfriend, my daughters and boyfriends. I have two daughters and love them to pieces however it was the best having guys around (the boyfriends).

Michael, Jessica, Jocelyn and Dan-Shock and Awe at the beautiful panoramic view

Everyone was ready to get out and hike a bit after stuffing ourselves for the past ten days and the noteworthy muffin tops arising from the indulgence. Not really. All of the family is in extreme shape enough so to run marathons, salsa dance for hours, hold yoga positions forever, pursue and receive black belts in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Snowshoe for miles at high altitude and keep horses under control, you get the picture here.

Jessica and Dan

We started out at Vista de Brazos  in the pines of Lake Heron and as we drove south and dropped in elevation down to the desert, we started getting into the reds, oranges, yellows, blues and blacks of the massive sandstone cliffs and mesas carved out by millions of years of water, wind and weather. This was the stomping grounds of one Georgia O’Keefe and I could feel her presence as we viewed Pedernal Mesa as it grew bigger and bigger.

Callie coming up through the narrows

We started out on a very slippery slope of ice shaded by the juniper and pinon trees. We broke in to red mud that added about 10 pounds per shoe. Slogged up the canyon and then at the end of a box canyon there was a rope. Hmm? So we pulled ourselves up the rope about 150 feet to the most spectacular views. I could see in every direction. Some views were up to a hundred miles away. Wow. The whole hiking group made it to the top, my girlfriend Jocelyn had minor trepidation about the narrow and very steep passage with the rope but was a trooper to the top.

I ran part of the mesa. It was energizing, recharging and fantastic to have the family along to enjoy this epic hike on New Years Day. The quiet was, positive, all that is and all that will be good, astounding, inspiring. Now I start the New Year rested, energized, focused and with that Never, ever, ever give up attitude that keeps me going in Boulder luxury real estate. Thanks for the great memories family!

Michael grew up near Santa Fe and is a longtime resident of Boulder and has been with Sotheby’s International Realty since their inception in Boulder County and along the front range.  If you have questions regarding this article or would like information about Boulder real estate or Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes is a Certified Negotiation Expert and full time Realtor at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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KOHAI

Posted By Michael Hughes      January 17, 2011

Kohai means “Eager Student” in Japanese. I am a black belt candidate in the martial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing at Itsera Martial Arts in Niwot, Colorado (as well as a fulltime Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty). Kru Meier is my teacher. He’s going to  push us to our limit, every time. I will be participating in Kohai with Ann McCullick and Shelly Allen.

I remember my first testing from white to yellow belt when I was starting out at Trans.  I thought this is so difficult how can I possibly remember all the different katas.  I kept at it. I didn’t give up. I moved to Niwot and now the workout facility is only 2 blocks from my place. Perfect!

It is not only the workout that I love. It’s the people and their stories. I met Mr. Schlutz who lost the left side of his brain in a freak accident when a propeller on his airplane came in contact with his head, he was slated to fly large commercial jets for United Airlines the very next day. He is a prime example of when life gives you lemons make lemonade. He was in rehab for several years and when his right brain kicked in and he was doing therapy with modeling clay and he had some amazing dreams he realized he had a talent for sculpting American Indian bronzes. He had never done so before or had any formal training. He has become a world renowned sculpture and his sculptures are much sought after.

There is the woman Ms. McCullough who 4 years ago due to MS was in a wheel chair. She started Muay Thai Kickboxing and has not only ditched the wheel chair for several years now but also been able to stop the last of several medications because now her heart is so strong she no longer needs it. She has also started a business and website called Hopeology.

There is the woman and for her privacy I will not mention her name here. She had lost her son at 17 in a terrible car accident. She needed the social contact and the workout to help her through a devastating period in her life. She went on to partner, create and start a well known micro-brewery and restaurant in Longmont called Oskar Blues.

There is Ms. Nannen who I absolutely respect.  She started a company you may know called Greenspoint Catering. It has become a very successful and renowned catering company in Boulder County. She has started numerous successful businesses and she is one of the greatest people you will ever meet. Ms. Naftel also teacher extraordinaire. If you’re not sweating obviously your not in class.

There is Kru Meier. Here to teach, support and help us to be the best of what we can be.

There are the Lucarelli Brothers (race car drivers and mechanics)  who are tough as nails and the nicest guys you will ever meet, There is Margie Balthous, Patty Chonis,  Ed Ruskus a New Yorker and a great sparring partner extraordinaire,  Demian Weigle who has become not only a good friend but a great running companion as well or ms. Olson and Mr. Butler who are so commited to the practice and teaching of Muay Thai. I look forward to seeing all my pals at kickboxing and Muay Thai and boot camps.

And it’s not all about the people. It’s also the weekly message, “if you have to eat a frog don’t look at it too long” (don’t procrastinate-if you have something difficult to do-just do it), “a smooth mountain cannot be climbed” this is one of my favorites as it makes it clear that without difficulties, problems and challenges we would not have the contrast between what is good in life and the not so good times, it’s all about contrast.

When my mother died September 2009 I just could not act as if everything was great, and then I realized No matter what kind of day, week, month or year I am having; when I come in to workout or even at work now, if someone asks me how I am doing; my answer is Super good and getting better…it elevates me; every time……..I hope one day you can say that about your life.  Super Good and Getting Better.  Life is so precious and so good. Come workout if you can at Itsera, it’s right across the parking lot from the Niwot Market. It will change your body and change your life for the better and it will give you the ability to have the freedom to live your best life now.

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Morning Perfection

Posted by Michael Hughes   June 5, 2010

I was on a 5 mile run the other morning with a friend of mine.  Demian is a fellow runner and an all around good guy. Competent, smart, tough and has a beautiful wife Kathryn.  Running this morning at 6 a.m. was inspiring, about the 3rd mile when we went over a fence to find a longer path the sun was rising and the clouds were shooting rays of gold. The water sparkled like no other morning. I could hear the pelicans on the pond. What a great and wonderful time of the morning. The gratitude I felt for this morning was somewhat overwhelming. The appreciation for the quiet, the moment, cold air going into my lungs, legs moving effortlessly. My lungs working better than ever, after having encountered a bout of pneumonia during the winter that seemed would never leave. The hills came and we mowed them down one by one. Morning runs, the better they get, the better they get. Perfection in less than an hour.

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If you start me up I’ll never stop

Posted by Michael Hughes   May 6, 2010

“An influx of entrepreneurs … has changed the face of this Colorado city of 98,000, making it a destination for Internet startups,” author Vivek Wadhwa writes of Boulder in the online package. “With the University of Colorado as an anchor and a backyard full of mountains as lifestyle bait, Boulder now has the highest concentration of software engineers per capita in the nation.”

Boulder takes the top spot out of 10 U.S. cities singled out by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best places for startups.

11 factors were weighted — including the number of startups already in a city, quality of the workforce, and resources like universities and venture capital.

It said smaller cities and towns generally are the best places today to start new tech companies.

The article also notes the presence of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Let’s face it, having lived here for many years, I know Boulder has the best lifestyle in the nation. Make this your base, buy a home in Boulder.   Boulder is Fitness oriented, smart and  creative, has interesting people, the University of Colorado-Boulder, great restaurants with celebrity chefs, cool coffee hangouts,outdoor cinema, farmers markets, Investment Capital, Bands on the Bricks, Studio Tours, Chautauqua Park, The Flatirons, community gardens, The World Affairs Conference, The Shakespeare Festival, Hiking, Running, Biking, an abundance of software engineers, Google, Celestial Seasonings and once again Boulder comes in 1st. Read the entire article in the Denver Business Journal.

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Boulder Balance


Bill Dan Rocks in Balance-San Francisco

Ever feel like you are walking a fragile tightrope with all your life’s activities and demands?

In today’s fast paced society, it is very difficult at times to keep life in balance and perspective.  Life balance is about helping you find your priorities.  This will help you experience less anxiety because when you find your priorities you aren’t being pulled in so many different directions.

Spiritual/Philosophical

Family

Friends

Fitness

Nutrition

Career

Leisure Pursuits

Diversions

Are there any additional categories you would like to add? What are your priorities? Why? What do you think about? Is it positive or negative self-talk?

Have an awesome week!

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Hike Boulder

Posted by Michael Hughes   April 26, 2010

Sanitas Valley Trail is a wide, graveled trail heading north up the valley between the Hogback Ridge and Mount Sanitas. It affords access to the Dakota Ridge Trail to the east, the Mount Sanitas Trail to the west, the Hawthorne Trail near its northeast terminus, and the East Ridge Trail at its northwest terminus. It is heavily utilized by people walking their dogs, runners and families. Best to get to these trails earlier especially on spring or monsoonish summer days when the clouds build up and you can rely on that afternoon thunder boomer. You do not want to become one with lightening.
Mount Sanitas Trail is a moderate to difficult trail which meanders both sides of the ridge leading to the summit (after several ‘false tops’) of Mount Sanitas. The southern portion of the trail is utilized as an access by climbers to several bouldering areas along the trail. Access points to these bouldering areas are clearly marked . This trail also provides beautiful views to both the east over the city of Boulder and to the west, the front range of the Rocky Mountains. When you wish to buy a home in Boulder, this is a great place to get a first initial overview of almost all the areas except South Boulder.

Dakota Ridge Trail meanders the west side of the Dakota Ridge through ponderosa pine stands. It is heavily utilized by runners.

Hawthorne Trail is a steep and difficult trail leading down a narrow gully before leveling to a more moderate incline in to the city of Boulder. Its terminus is at the access just west of Fourth Street on Hawthorne. East Ridge Trail connects the Sanitas Valley Trail to the Mount Sanitas Trail at the north end of the mountain. It is steep and difficult.

Centennial Trailhead, which is just west of the Sanitas Trailhead, accesses the Red Rocks Trail and Anemone Hill Trail. Both trails go south from the trailhead . The Red Rocks trail is 0.6 miles and gains 300 vertical feet. The trail climbs to a ridge, then to the fins of the Red Rocks. After it passes a historic marker, the trail ends at Settlers’ Park (near the Boulder Creek Path). Anemone Hill Trail climbs 0.4 miles up the hill west of the Red Rocks.

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Boulder Double Happiness

Boulder "is" Double Happiness

By Michael Hughes  February 16, 2010

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Feeling down? Don’t take a pill.  Consider buying a home in Boulder and a move to Boulder, Colorado.

A massive new study of Americans’ attitudes concludes that the city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains is home to the happiest, healthiest people in the United States. At the bottom of 162 large and medium-sized cities: Huntington, W.Va.

Is it any wonder we are the happiest, healthiest people in the U.S.?  Attitude is everything and when you are healthy a great attitude comes easier. Get happy, notice the good, appreciate even the smallest gift from the universe,get healthy, live in Boulder, Colorado.

CHECK THE INDEX: How does your city rank?

STATES: See how yours rates

Most cities in the west scored higher while more cities in the south scored lower.

Boulder’s setting, including a greenbelt of public lands around the city, may help explain its top ranking. Mayor Susan Osborne says. “We tend to have lots of opportunities for being outside,” she says. The jobless rate is 5.7%, below the nation’s 9.7%.  Also the 300+ days of sunshine doesn’t hurt. Do we ever have opportunities for being outdoors! Hiking, snow shoeing, skiing, climbing, cycling, mt. biking, or my friend Mr. Gusts’ favorite pastime building igloos up in Rocky Mt. National Park,  running, walking, bouldering and ice climbing. Even indoors is great and boot camps with Mr. Meier, Trans Muay Thai Kickboxing which is what I love, to name but just a few. Get in shape. Be the best you you can be. We love Boulder.  It is upbeat, cutting edge, new feeling, new ideas and answers to old questions, the best city to love in, live in, play in and where all the children are above average.

To read the entire article  go to  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-02-15-cities_N.htm

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