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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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Avoiding Valentines Day

Posted by Michael Hughes

Generally I have always avoided Valentines Day like the plague. I typically would never arrange a date on the weekend prior to or whenever you were ‘supposed’ to ‘celebrate’ Valentines Day. Too much pressure, she might get the wrong message when in fact we are just dating. My neck tightened at the mere thought of Valentines Day and how I would strategically avoid it this year. After divorce then dating for ten, yes ten years, I gave up. I thought well I will just be alone and I’m okay with that.  About 9 months in to that scenario, I went to a Holiday party with no expectations at a friends’ house on Pine St. I saw a wonderful woman across the room. I started talking to her and acted like I knew her (I had found out what her name was from a friend), but she saw through my very clever ruse. Hmm cute and smart. I got her email address and held off contacting her for a couple weeks. When we did finally meet for “tea” I was pleasantly surprised. Cute, smart and normal as in not crazy. I was no longer going to get away with texting “u r gr8 let’s m8”

Well turns out now 2 years after meeting my girlfriend, Valentines Day is a fun holiday and also a great reason to drink wine and have great conversations. Have a great Valentines Day and enjoy the journey.

Happiness is a choice and Joy is a journey.

If you have questions regarding this article or have any questions about Boulder or would like information about Boulder Luxury Real Estate check out my website. You may also call or TEXT me 303-359-6627 or e-mail Michael Hughes at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder, CO.

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