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Monthly Archives: April 2016

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This past weekend our Front Range Friends were enticed to take part in a beautiful Lantern Festival in Dacono on Saturday and Sunday nights! Live music provided amazing aviance and serenity as the glowing lanterns floated weightlessly…into the night sky! Lanterns are released for good fortune, hopes and dreams, but they can also provide a release of burdens, fear and regret. 

On May 20th, there will be two venues hosting Lanternfest in Colorado, one in Colorado Springs and the other in Pueblo. This should be a spectacular sight, stay tuned for more information!

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Origin: German  –  Volkssport:  (“people’s sport”) A  non-competitive sporting activity for groups of people.

Take advantage of the many outstanding outdoor activities that are offered in the Vail area!! Stay tuned for many more postings in the future!

Vail Volkssport Events are hosted by the Rocky Mountain Wanderers

Contact C. Rickauer with questions (970) 668-3737

June 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016

Starting Point: Sonnenalp Resort

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What: Four-Week Road Ready Cycling Program.

When: Kicks off Thursday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. and continues at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, May 17.

Where: Vail Vitality Center, 352 E. Meadow Drive, No. 3, Vail.

Cost: $160 for members or $232 for nonmembers.

More information: To reserve your spot or find out more information, call 970-476-7960. 

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Vail Vitality Center’s Four-Week Road Ready Cycling Program, led by Jennifer Sage begins on Thursday April 21, 2016. This is the final session, Jennifer will prepare you for outdoor riding by spending a little more time at a threshold for longer intervals, and do shorter intervals above that. This class will definitely help you get ready for the steep climbs around Vail, both on the pavement and singletrack.

The training is designed to improve your body’s capability to sustain energy longer during your rides. Ride faster, reduce your fatigue, use the correct energy stores, increase your power and prepare for your bucket-list cycling events, all while having more fun on your bike.

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Now go have some FUN!!

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Lifeitsownself Vail 4-18-2016.  Vail Mountain closed to the public for the 2016 Season yesterday, but the Vail Resort employees are skiing today.  It’s a good time to look for real estate and make offers.  The income properties will be easy to show until June.  The Vail Daily should be posting a list of open Restaurants and most of them will be having great specials!

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It was interesting this year that when Vail Resorts extended the skiing season for an extra week, several of the Vail Village Restaurants closed on the original closing day.  They may have had a shut down or improvement schedule previously set and did not want to delay it another week.  The snow the last few days of the extended Skiing season was great.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate, gatewaytovail.com, vailbob@Comcast.net, 970.376.4484 http://www.gatewayland.com/

 

Take in the spectacular views from this outstanding Cordillera Ranch home!

150 Grey Hawk View

Price recently reduced – Now $1,750,000

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Cordillera Ranch Homes are designed with the “Heart of the West” in mind! Rustic homes nestled in beautiful topography with log, timber and stone architecture. Cordillera Ranch offers an active lifestyle for all outdoor enthusiasts, just follow the road home through the gate to Cordillera Ranch!!

For expert knowledge about Cordillera, please contact Suzi Apple (970) 376-7354 

 

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April 10, 2016.  It’s raining in the Valley and snowing on the Mountain.  Vail extended the Mountain skiing through the 17th (next Sunday) and Beaver Creek Mountain is closing for skiing after today.  So far it is very quiet here in the Village.  I rode in on the free bus at about 8:30 a.m. and there were five riders.  I guess everyone went to Beaver Creek today for the closing festivities and the extra free cookies (can’t keep the cookie dough until next November).  The final round of the Masters is being played today under better conditions than the 3 previous days; and the leader board looks like it could be an explosive great round for the top 15 golfers.  I really love the game and wish I had emphasized it as a kid instead of many other sports.  Didn’t really get started until I was almost 40.  “Kick it, hit it, throw it, put it in a hole.  If you can’t do that with it, it ain’t no damn good.”  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado, Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate, gatewaytovail.com, 970.376.4484, vailbob@Comcast.net

 

 

 

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If you aren’t here today, you should be.  I don’t usually “should” anymore, but it is so beautiful here today, you should be here.  Ski, golf down valley in Eagle or Gypsum.  Maybe look at real estate?  The prices in East Vail, Sandstone, and West Vail areas are still below the late 2007 and 2008 prices.  If you are going to use it and you find the right property for you, usually by the time you sell it or your family members do many years from now, the price you actually paid seems mostly insignificant if you can afford it in the first place.  If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.   We will still try to buy the right property for you at the best possible price.  It’s a beautiful day in Colorado,  Bob

Bob Essin, Gateway Real Estate, gatewaytovail.com, 970.376.4484, vailbob@Comcast.net

 

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~Springtime in the Rockies~

Eastern North American Monarch Population

The eastern population of North America’s monarchs winter in the same 11 to 12 mountain areas in the States of Mexico and Michoacan from October to late March. Monarchs roost for the winter in oyamel fir forests nearly 2 miles above sea level. The mountain hillsides of oyamel forests provide an ideal microclimate for the butterflies. Here temperatures range from 32 to 59 degrees . If the temperature is lower, the monarchs will be forced to use their fat reserves. The humidity in the oyamel forest assures the monarchs won’t dry out, allowing them to conserve their energy.

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Western North American Monarch Population

Monarchs living west of the Rocky Mountain range in North America winter in California along the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz and San Diego. Here the conditions are very similar to that of central Mexico. Monarchs roost in eucalyptus, Monterrey pines, and Monterrey cypresses in California.

Clustering in Colonies

Monarchs cluster together to stay warm. Tens of thousands of monarchs can cluster on a single tree. Although monarchs alone weigh less than a gram, tens of thousands of them weigh a lot. Oyamel trees are generally able to support the clustering butterflies, but sometimes branches break.

 

Traveling North

As warm temperatures and lengthening days arrive, the migratory generation of monarchs finishes the development they halted prior to their migration. They become reproductive, breed and lay their eggs for the new generation.

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This starts their northern journey back to North America. Unlike the generation before them, who made a one-generation journey south, successive generations make the journey north. Generation 1 monarchs are the offspring of the monarchs who overwintered in Mexico. Multiple generations of monarchs are moving further North with every migration, each successive generation travels farther north. It will take 3-4 generations to reach the northern United States and Canada.

Map of North America showing the spring and summer migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly.