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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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Transform Your Life

When you think about your work, your life, your family, did you Crush It? Or did you spend all your time at the office while relationships, family and your health suffered. Are you going to find out toward the end of your life that you should have taken that running or exercise a little more seriously and the threat imposed by stress has now trapped you and has impacted you with serious health problems. Sure you have a lot of money. Here’s the question. If you don’t have loved ones around to enjoy it with, or your health has diminished so much (from lack of balance) you will spend your remaining life uncomfortable, visiting doctors or hooked up to machines. What was the point?

You need balance. Move to Boulder and buy Boulder Real Estate. Balance yourself with thriving in Boulder, Colorado. Move, thrive and love. Boulder can give you a sustainable health, vitality and a life you love!

Decide. What happened in the past does not matter. Start now. When is Now a good time? Start walking outdoors or on a treadmill or take a yoga class or get your heart rate up in a low impact kickboxing class. Hey we all started out as beginners at one time or another in our exercise regime. I myself was 40 pounds heavier until I found my niche exercise; Muay Thai Kickboxing (contact optional). Within 6 months I had dropped 40 pounds. Yikes!

Here are some of the accolades Boulder has received in the last year. Boulder was selected as the happiest and healthiest city in the United States. Medical marijuana you say? No. We workout. We get the blood flowing. We are the cyclists, the runners, the hikers, the chanters, the meditators, the Guruji followers, the climbers the skiers, the boarders, the snowshoers, the parachutists, the pilots, the chefs, the entrepreneurs, the CEO’s, the moms, the dads, the kids and the people of Boulder. We know the benefits of working out on a regular basis and how it enhances our longevity and our happiness.

Boulder has also been selected as #1 Best Cities to Raise an Outdoor Kid. Forbes named Boulder as one of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well. While my children were born in Boulder, Colorado they are scattered throughout the U.S. They love to coming back to Boulder, to see the Star on Flagstaff Mountain during the holidays and to enjoy all that Boulder has to offer. Both my children are balanced, eat well, work with inspiration and workout. They know the benefits as I have modeled that behavior most of my life.

Why buy Boulder real estate? Because you want to have a wake-up call to your life or get out of your rut. Even our storms and cold weather don’t last that long. -17 one day gives in to a beautiful 50 degree day in February. Imagine buying Boulder real estate and actually living here, moving your family to the best place in America to call home. You will jump out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face. I guarantee it.

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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