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  • tubing boulder creek How to Tube Boulder Creek

    If you’re planning a trip to Boulder, Colorado, it quickly becomes clear that one of its greatest draws is its natural beauty. When it comes to outdoor adventuring, there is something for everyone. Home to a diverse array of natural ecosystems, there’s something for you whether you’re a seasoned hiker or someone who just needs a break from urban living. Overwhelmed by choice? One of our favorite outdoor activities in Boulder is tubing. And this year, A-LODGE is rolling out a tube rental program, right from the frontdesk! What is tubing? Tubing, also known as “inner tubing,” is exactly what it sounds like: an individual rides on top of an inner tube. It’s appropriate for all seasons, as it can be done in the snow or on a body of water, like a river. Boulder’s summer tubing season runs from May to August and the water can get rough during the peak months. Keep in mind the temperature of the water will be cold, so you may want to consider a wet-suit. While tubing is safe and great for all ages, you want to ensure that you’re taking proper safety precautions. This means being careful about your choice of inner[…]

  • 00-20160419 BoulderCO ChautauguaFlatironsHiking Balanced Life: A Look at How Colorado Business People Get Re-Energized in the Outdoors

    It’s no secret that Colorado is a popular place to be if you love to be outdoors. It’s consistently recognized as the fittest state in the country, and was ranked 4th in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2016 (Colorado has been in the top 10 for the past eight years). With developed trails rarely more than a few minutes away and decent weather practically year-round, it’s hard to find a reason to not get outside. Which is good news, because studies have shown that spending time in nature can make you more creative, more focused, and less stressed‑all of which can make you better at your job. For Nick Cerratani, owner of Cerratani Aviation Group, Colorado has always been his top choice for where to work (and play). "I came to Boulder in 1983 on a rock climbing trip, and the first sight of Boulder Valley affected me in the same way as my first flight-I immediately knew I would live here someday. It took me a while, but … Boulder was the only option on my list." Cerratani believes that spending time on the trail makes him both a better father and a better boss. And when you’re based in[…]

  • Six Amazing Wildflower Hikes in Colorado

    In the high reaches of Colorado, summer is short, giving wildflowers just a brief season to show off their glory. Peak viewing is typically June and July, when Colorado’s high country explodes with a riot of color. Some years, the wildflowers are a little late out of the gate, with winter reluctant to release its grip. But as soon as the snow starts melting fast, the buds that have been patiently biding their time in alpine meadows are ready to pop. Here are six amazing wildflower hikes in Colorado that will make your spirit soar. Indian Peaks Wilderness: Devils Thumb Bypass Devils Thumb Bypass Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness passes through meadows ablaze with blooms. Elaine Wells West of Nederland, the Indian Peaks jut dramatically skyward, topping out with a string of summits along the Continental Divide. It’s the quickest shot to high alpine wilderness from Boulder. The Hessie Trailhead is a great place to start, with trails leading to a variety of lakes (you really can’t go wrong with any of them). To maximize your wildflower mission, take the Devils Thumb Trail to the Devils Thumb Bypass Trail, which emerges from the trees into a beautiful meadow full of flowers. You’ll[…]

  • Boulder County Farmers Market Boulder County Farmers Market

    Intro Boulder, Colorado is always showing up on “best of” lists, and with good reason: loads of sunny days, lycra-clad buff bodies, homegrown pot and craft-brewed beer. For foodies living in this Rocky Mountain playground, though, it’s having the one of the best farmers markets around that inspires hometown pride. The Boulder County Farmer’s Market (BCFM), in its 28th year, celebrates another thing that Boulder does well: supports local farmers and other food artisans. The BCFM celebrates the best of every season, running from April – November. If you’re a dedicated locavore, that’s plenty of time to stock up on food to eat while its fresh and enough to put away for the wintry months. The market is producer-only, which means that the folks selling the food grow it, rather than buying from a wholesaler and re-selling. What Makes It Great The market happens twice weekly, and Saturday markets happen in Boulder and Longmont. All markets feature food vendors, as well, so come hungry and enjoy gingery dumplings, polenta and marinara sauce, or a loaded gyro. On Wednesdays in Boulder, you can have a pint of local beer or a glass of wine with your snack! Live tunes round out[…]

  • Magnolia Road Trail Run Magnolia Road Trail Run

    Intro Magnolia Road is a classic Boulder run. “Mags”, as it is called by the locals, is a 12 mile road that connects Boulder Canyon with Peak-to-Peak Highway in Nederland. Oh yeah, it’s also the steepest paved and maintained road in the country. The first four miles are paved and average a 9.1% grade, maxing out at a ridiculous 17%. Luckily, where the pavement ends and the dirt begins, the road takes on a more inviting demeanor consisting of rolling hills and flat stretches. This 8 mile section (from the end of the pavement to Peak-to-Peak Highway) is the ideal place to plot out your workout. What Makes It Great Somewhat amazingly, Magnolia Road is serviced year-round (there are dozens of residences along the road) so it’s possible to access it in any season. The area has an entirely different atmosphere than Boulder. The peaceful, wooded surroundings occasionally open up to grandiose views of the western mountains. There is very little traffic and yet there are enough residences that you never feel entirely removed from civilization. Moose, elk and other critters are regular sights on Magnolia Road. As a high-altitude run, pushing it over 8,000 feet above sea level is[…]

  • Finding a Special Place in Nature

    Richard Louv would rather hike than write, but the time spent putting pen to paper has been well worth it. As a journalist and author of eight books, he focuses on connecting the younger generations to nature. Louv is co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization that seeks to do something that has become increasingly lost to children through the wires of technology: bring them back to nature and the great outdoors. “I was actually a kid once,” Louv said during a recent visit to Atlanta. He was speaking to a group of Children & Nature Supporters on the eve of the 10-year anniversary for his book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. “I spent a lot of my boyhood in the woods. Those were my woods and I had my special place in nature.” Louv’s other book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder also attributes the absence of nature to the diminishing rates of children’s mental and physical health. “Nature deficit-disorder,” although not a medical diagnosis, is a phrase that has unlocked the conversation about the future of children. While the phrase may seem[…]

  • Mountain Running in Colorado The 10 Commandments of Mountain Running in the Rockies

    Mountain running has carved out an identity for itself in the Rockies. What was once a small cadre of dedicated enthusiasts has begun to resonate with athletes from other disciplines, from ultra-runners to day hikers. More than simply covering ground for the sake of movement, mountain running introduces the contrasting need for a deep understanding of the terrain with the promise of freedom while running in dynamic, ever-changing environments. Whether looking to reach the top of your local hill or the lofty summits of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks, here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your time in the mountains 1. New runners: Walk the steeps, run the flats. One of the joys of mountain running is gauging the evolution of your skills. But if you’re new to the sport, the prospect of staying in motion up an imposing vertical ascent can be daunting. Experienced road runners are often disheartened at how taxing mountain ascents can be; after all, it requires a different type of strength and endurance. One good tip is to start out modestly by jogging the flats and modest inclines and walking the steeps (and steps)—but never stop moving. Work up to jogging[…]

  • 201612 Colorado Bonfire An Ode to the Trail-to-Brewpub Lifestyle in Colorado

    The trail-to-brewpub phenomenon is nothing new in Colorado, who owes much of its history to its many watering holes. This time-honored tradition has its roots in the gold rush of the mid-to-late nineteenth century, when hopeful miners flocked to the foothills of the Rockies—then headed back to Denver, where they made sure the bars of Larimer Square stayed in business. At one point in the late 1800s, Denver alone had 55 saloons! Early Colorado beer proprietors include Tivoli Brewing Company, which sold its brews to thirsty fortune seekers beginning in 1859 and, to this day, painstakingly recreates the beer flavors of the 1800s. And you’ve certainly heard of Adolph Coors, whose recipe, known then as the “Miner’s Banquet”—brewed with water from the Rocky Mountains—has been produced en masse in Golden since 1873. Commercially produced beer has been creating jobs (and, of course, delicious flavors) in the Centennial State for more than a century, but it wasn’t until President Jimmy Carter legalized homebrewing in 1978 that the modern-day beer revolution began in earnest. When Carter did away with the remnants of the Prohibition era, homebrewers in Colorado could finally sink their teeth into beer innovation. Golden is home to the famous[…]

  • The Starhouse GUEST POST: Adventure of a Lifetime at StarHouse in Boulder, CO

    We are excited to partner with our friends at the Starhouse. In honor of this partnership, they have provided us with a guest post on our blog. The Adventure Lodge is located only minutes away from the Starhouse and we strongly support their mission, management, and the power and beauty of the Starhouse itself. – Asa Firestone, CEO, A-Lodge   Rare now is a place on Earth where people can be in direct communion with the land; with plant and animal beings who have been called in to support personal growth; where people can embody and grow their personal connection to the web of life.  The StarHouse, a 12-sided mountain temple constructed in 1990 perfectly aligned with the four directions and designed with the principles of Sacred Geometry at its core, is a unique exception. Nestled on 200 acres in the foothills of Boulder, CO just minutes from Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge), this sacred site is home to the most recent in transformational programming, Sacred Arts Practitioner Certification (SAP). Beginning May 1, 2019, the annual SAP 9-month certification is an adventure of a lifetime at the intersection of ancient wisdom, self-realization and modern day neuroscience. With Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge) as the[…]

  • The Best Reusable Water Bottles The Best Reusable Water Bottles

    As God is your witness, you will never go thirsty again. You know what’s great for you? Drinking water. We’re pretty sure everyone agrees on that. Even in the darkest corners of the internet, where the Earth is flat and humans have never walked on the Moon, people accept you need to drink water to survive. To drink water you need a container to put it in. We’ve long moved beyond cupped hands – it’s just not practical. A reusable water bottle can be a lifelong companion if you buy a good one, and by going with one of our picks you can be sure you’re getting a good one. Must-have attributes for water bottles include not leaking (obviously) and a sturdy build, so that it won’t start leaking after a couple of accidental knocks. Not quite must-have, but undoubtedly desirable features include a stylish design, vacuum seals to keep drinks at the right temperature, and clips to attach the bottle to a backpack. Then there are a few bonus features that will appeal to some, like built-in filters or an infuser. You’ll find the best water bottles to cater for all desires below and you can also rest assured[…]