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  • 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[…]

  • snowkiting Harness the Colorado Wind: Snowkiting on Lake Dillon

    Like a flurry of butterflies, snowkiters flock to the frozen flats of Colorado’s Dillon Reservoir, weaving a colorful dance on the open expanse of snow-covered ice. It’s a magical feeling, harnessing the power of the wind to ski or snowboard across the lake. To the untrained eye, snowkiting might seem daunting, but hopeful enthusiasts should toss aside any trepidation: It’s easier than it looks. With just a few hours of instruction, you can be flying the kite and riding on your own—a much faster learning curve than kiteboarding on water. Lake Dillon, in Summit County and about an hour-and-a-half drive from Denver or Boulder, is the perfect training ground—a wide-open area with frequent, steady wind. It’s one of the few places in Colorado suitable for learning (set against a stunning backdrop, to boot). Whether you’re new to the sport, or want to transfer your water experience to snow, here’s what you need to know about snowkiting on Lake Dillon. How to Get Started Anyone with kiteboarding experience will be able to nail snowkiting on their first day. Avery Stonich Colorado Kite Force offers lessons every day the wind is good—five days a week on average. Owner Anton Rainold has been teaching snowkiting[…]

  • 20170811_Colorado_my420tours-01 Marijuana Tourism Is Actually a Thing

    Colorado is still the OG state for 420 Friendly experiences. Here at the Boulder Adventure Lodge (A-Lodge), we noticed that there are tons and tons of tourists coming to Colorado to enjoy both the freedom of legal weed as well as the great outdoors. Seems like a match made in heaven! HOWEVER, there is literally no where that you are “allowed” to consume. Tourists are stuck in alleys, in parks, or getting big fat fees at their hotels or in their rental cars. The A-Lodge decided to do something about this! Our solution, provide 420 friendly amenities at our hotel. We provide a vaporizor for your room (we still don’t want you burning anything in our rooms), designated smoking areas, and the right gear and coupons to get you going in the right direction. Most importantly, we embrace cannabis tourism and feel it can enhance your trip, especially while enjoying the beautiful outdoor gifts of our state. Book your 420 Friendly Package Today on our website, just add it on to your stay when checking out on our booking system:  Book Now! Looking forward to hosting! -Asa Firestone, President of A-Lodge A Little History and More Info on Cannabis Tourism[…]

  • The Best Protein Bars: The Tastiest And Healthiest Options The Best Protein Bars: The Tastiest And Healthiest Options

    They ain’t cheap and can contain more calories and sugar than chocolate bars. Choose wisely with our expert’s guide and top picks. Protein is so much more convenient these days. Where once gym-goers had to tuck into a couple of rotisserie chickens to refuel their muscles after a hefty workout, they can now mix up a protein shake or, more convenient still, tuck into a protein bar. Protein bars are now widely available, involve zero preparation, and generally taste good enough to seem like a treat as well as a way to help build muscle. However, there are downsides to protein bars, mainly involving the diamond-hard texture of some of them, and you need to be careful not to overindulge because they’re not simply a guilt-free replacement to chocolate. Read on for the full lowdown on what to look for in a protein bar and a few of our favourites. Protein Bars Buyer’s Guide Before you start grabbing fistfuls of bars it’s important to know what you should be looking for. The headline is obviously how much protein they contain, but as with all processed food you have to be careful to avoid hidden nutritional nasties. To help determine what[…]

  • Wichita-2 Exploring Colorado’s Front Range Plane Wrecks

    Many plane wrecks in Colorado’s mountains remain frozen in time, a testament to the forces of nature and the fallibility of human error. Remnants of hundreds of air accidents are scattered in the Front Range, though in many cases the evidence is scant: a small gear, a few pieces of metal, or a smattering of rusted screws. However, a few extensive debris fields are up there too, some of which have been bleaching in the high-altitude sun for more than 50 years. Visiting these sites evoke a range of emotions. For most wreck chasers, the allure isn’t in the macabre but rather curiosity. The mechanical aftermath and the sequence of events that added up to disaster all tell stories whose physical imprint remains too remote or too difficult to purge from the land. Some wreck sites are surprisingly close and easy to access, while others require a good degree of fitness and navigational skills. Explorers looking to see these wreck sites firsthand can start with these three spots. It is important to never tamper with or remove any debris, no matter how small, from wreckage sites—in many cases, it’s illegal. On a larger scale, aviation archaeology involves examining crash sites[…]

  • Rocky Mountain National Park in winter camping Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter: How to Plan Your Adventure

    Getting out of the Front Range and up to Rocky Mountain National Park is an obvious (and popular) escape in the summer. But what about in the winter, when so few other souls are there? You’ll practically have the whole place to yourself. A trip to the park in the winter means you’ll experience something truly unique to Colorado: prime and easily accessed snow-centric recreation in one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. Indeed, RMNP offers some of the best winter recreation within an hour’s drive from Boulder, with sledding, winter camping, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, and ski touring and winter mountaineering in the park’s high country and snowier west side of the Continental Divide. Another bonus? You’ll avoid the dreaded traffic on I-70. Here, all the intel you need to know for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in winter. Winter Hiking The trails of RMNP are much less crowded in the winter. Aaron Bible The simplest way to experience the park in the winter is exploring the same trails you do in the summertime. Yet you’ll have the entire winter wonderland to yourself, a snow-blanketed, serene landscape where you can spot animal tracks in the snow, drink from Thermoses, and pretend you’re on an Arctic expedition[…]

  • These inbounds runs in Colorado will surely test your skills (and give you serious bragging rights). 9 of the Steepest Inbounds Ski Runs in Colorado

    While Colorado’s ski resorts boast oodles of awesome terrain, they’re a little short on seriously steep inbounds runs: those spine-tingling drop-offs and slopes that brush your hip when you turn, and elicit a deep sigh of relief once you conquer them. But this hardcore terrain is out there, just waiting to be shredded by the most fearless souls on skis and snowboards; you just have to know where to look. Inspired by fellow hard-charging powderhounds, we set out to find the steepest shots in the state. Before you read further, a heads-up: No doubt this list is prone to subjective scrutiny. Measuring steepness isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. It can refer to maximum grade or average grade. Cliffs can skew ratings. And a slope’s angle can change over the course of the season as cornices build up, or snow fills in and softens the grade. For our purposes, runs on this list had to flirt with 50 degrees, based on our own clinometer measurements in the field as well as resorts’ claims. We don’t count cliffs or mandatory air, focusing instead on runs where skis or snowboards can remain in contact with the snow. Yet without question, you’ll find plenty of cornices and cliff[…]

  • 20090307_Frozen Dead Guy Days_001 12 Weird, Wild Winter Festivals Around the World

    Let’s face it: Once the holidays are over, it’s hard not to start counting the (dark) days until spring arrives. But that doesn’t there’s nothing to look forward to during those long winter days. Around the world, communities large and small come together to put on seasonal celebrations that have fun with—and make light of—this time of year. From a spirited celebration that honors an unsightly fish to massive light displays and everything in between, here are 12 weird and wild winter festivals around the world. 1. Québec Winter Carnival The storied Québec Winter Carnival traces its roots to 1894 and has since become one of the world’s wildest winter celebrations. The festival kicks off with the arrival of the festival’s snowman mascot, Bonhomme, and continues over 17 bone-chilling but fun-filled days. Every year, more than 400,000 visitors check out the carnival’s events, which include ice-cold snow baths, graffiti displays, a snow sculpture contest, night parades, canoe races, human-powered foosball, ice skating, axe throwing, ice sculpture workshops, curling, and much more. To stay warm, be sure to try one of the region’s signature drinks, Caribou, a heady blend of red wine and booze that’s served hot. 2. Frozen Dead Guy[…]