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Exploring 285 - Time Capsule Framing

Do you have some art that needs new framing or do you have an awesome photo that you would like to turn into a piece of art? Look no further! This week on Exploring 295, we visit Time Capsule Framing located in Shawnee, CO ! They are a locally and family owned business for all of your printing, framing and artwork needs! They can print just about a...
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What is great about mountain living?

​What is great about mountain living? Well EVERYTHING! But, one of my favorites is the South Platte River! The South Platte River is just out your "back door" ! This week on Exploring 285 we are visiting the South Platte River! Visit the Platte river for fishing, tubing, rafting or more! Make it a great day! See the video at https://youtu.be/83XbzZ...
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2022 Foothills Event Guide

Like the butterfly from the cocoon, we too are emerging following the long winter of COVID. Community events, nonprofit fundraisers, library programs, Chamber mixers, live music, special holiday events, networking and so much more are back in full swing and we couldn't be more excited to share with you what all has been scheduled so far for 2022! Be sure to keep checking our Community Calendar frequently for there's always something new being added. Carpe diem!

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Exploring 285 - Tatonka Farms

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Tatonka Farms located in Conifer, CO. Tatonka Farms offers mountain grown plants including annuals, perennials, herbs and tomatoes. The plants are grown and cared for locally in Conifer from the time they are planted until they are in full bloom, hardened off, and ready to go to their new home. Tatonka has been...
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Chance's Scholarship

This week on Exploring 285 we are reaching out to our wonderful mountain community to help support the Chances Scholarship fund.  We're hoping to make an even bigger impact this year and we're asking our community for help! Your Journey Home is donating a 2-night stay in Steamboat Springs for the silent auction!  HOW CAN YOU HELP?? Good Q...
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Exploring 285 - Look What I Found Boutique

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Look What I Found Boutique located in Conifer, CO. Ladies check it out!! They are a fun, funky, flirty, fresh and fabulous women's clothing and accessories store! Have a fun ladies shopping experience in our local small town. We found some cute hats and some BIG laughs!  This fun shop has fun clothing, acc...
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Exploring 285 - Buster's Natural Pet Supply

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Buster's Natural Pet Supply in Conifer, CO.

If you live in Colorado, then you probably know that we LOVE our fur babies! Who doesn't love shopping for new toys for their animals to play with?! We do!!

They provide pet supplies, toys, food, beds, accessories, dog training and dog grooming to our small town! They have a team of dedicated animal lovers that specialize in natural nutrition, holistic wellness, training and grooming.

Watch the video at https://www.exploring285.com/post/buster-s-natural-pet-supply

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Exploring 285 - Evergreen Mountain Sports

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Evergreen Mountain Sports and had a new co-star - Cody ! Isn't he the cutest!!?? 🙂 

Do you love the outdoors ?? For all of your outdoor adventures, sports rentals, bike tune ups and apparel be sure to shop local and check out Evergreen Mountain Sports! Any season - they have something for you - ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE! They offer ski, snowboard, bike, paddle board, and more rental equipment so you can try out a sport or try out new equipment! 

Do you love to camp ? They also offer camping gear or outdoor apparel for all shapes, age and sizes! 


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Exploring 285 - Rosalie's Market

If you are a Bailey or surrounding area resident – be sure to check out the newest and freshest country market in town!

We have all been there, you are making dinner and forget a key ingredient! Well now you do not have to drive to the grocery store in Conifer, instead you can visit your new country market in Downtown Bailey.

Looking for a dinner idea or some fresh food?

Rosalie's has it! Check out Rosalie's Market and support a locally owned business. They have tons of beautiful & super fresh produce, meat, dairy, locally made baked goods, pastas, ready-to-make meals, gluten free items, chips, breakfast items, sauces, nuts, gifts, apparel, specialty items and more!

Who doesn't love a small town, local, and fresh country market? If you haven't been you are missing out! If you don't live in the area, check them out and grab some food next time you are in town.

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Exploring 285 - Chill Squirrel

This week on Exploring 285 we visited The Chill Squirrel at their new location in downtown Bailey. They are an eclectic gift shop offering unique finds, homemade gifts and home décor. If you have not been to their new location, you are missing out! 

Their toy section is full of books, toys and games for all ages. One of our favorite finds is the real aspen leaves dipped in copper to create ornaments or jewelry. They also offer fun candles, rustic home décor, pillows, cigars, Turkish lamps, backpacks, men's toiletries and outdoor décor! 

If you are looking for a small town shop to explore and find something fun, come see the Chill Squirrel in our small downtown of Bailey Colorado! 

Visit their site for more details or to see their products at http://chillsquirrel.com/ . 

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Exploring 285 - February Adoptable Pets at IMHS

As an animal lover, one of my favorite videos for Exploring 285 is when we get to go play with the animals at the local humane society in Pine, CO. This week on Exploring 285 we visited our local humane society in Pine, Co @Intermountain Humane Society.

Currently they have some friendly and playful pups and a handful of kittens available for adoption. Help us find these babies their new furever home by sharing this video of them playing with your friends!

To learn more, apply or donate visit imhs.org .


For any of your real estate needs be sure to check out our page http://www.yourjourneyhome.net

Kayla Maathuis, Team Lead of Your Journey Home 303.507.2751

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Exploring 285 - Blizzard Mountain Pinball

Do you love pinball OR have you always wanted to play pinball ?
Blizzard Mountain Pinball is located in Conifer, CO and is a fun time out in our local town! They have over 38 pinball machines and other arcade games to play. They also host birthday parties or special events in their fun party room.

Are you looking to entertain friends, family or little ones? Pinball is a GREAT and fun way to do that while staying up the hill!
Did you ever play Mrs. Pac-man back in the day or wish you could play it now?? At Blizzard Mountain Pinball they have Mrs. Pac-man ready for you to enjoy! Check out their fun games in the video below!

To learn more or check out other Exploring 285 videos visit http://www.exploring285.com

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Exploring 285 - Taspen's Organics

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Taspen's Organics in Conifer, Colorado . 


Taspen's offers all one could want for their healing, health and overall wellness. The retail store features their organic line of products Taspen's Organics and Dragonfly Botanicals Hemp with CBD which are all created in house right here in Conifer! 


They also offer a variety of yoga classes and healing sessions with heart-centered practitioners, unique workshops, live music, and yoga teacher training. Taspen's Yoga, Music & Healing Center.


To complete the vision the amazing organic restaurant, Taspen's Cafe & Bakery, offers options for people of all dietary needs such as vegan, gluten free, and those looking for organic/locally sourced meat and veggies. 

Things to Do in mountain towns of Colorado like Conifer, Bailey and surrounding areas. Not in the area? Check out their retail locations along the Denver Metro area, Steamboat, Breckenridge and Boulder! Visit their site for more details and locations: https://taspens.com/ 


For any of your real estate needs be sure to check out our page www.yourjourneyhome.net 

Kayla Maathuis, Team Lead of Your Journey Home 303.507.2751

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Pawnee Buchanan Loop - Indian Peaks Wilderness

"The trail began to become quite elusive, covered with debris and indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape. To sum it up, it was quite a mess that took some time to navigate and get a good feel as to where the trail "should" be based on the topography. Route finding was demanding and at some point, was more of a guessing game than anything." 

If you are looking for a challenging backpacking loop in the Colorado backcountry for two or three days, this is one you will want to consider. Though it can be done as an overnight trip, we highly recommend at least two days. Three or even four days would be perfect as there is so much to see and explore. 

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Shop AmazonSmile to Help Support Your Community

We all know that shopping locally is the best way to support your community's small businesses who are run by your neighbors and who give back to our schools and area nonprofits, but what if you need something you can't find and have to order online? You can still "give back" to your community if you shop through AmazonSmile!

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Exploring 285 - Native Vibrations

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Native Vibrations Colorado Crystals & Gifts in Bailey, Colorado . 


They are an eclectic gift and rock shop offering locally mined stones and gems, handmade jewelry, unique gifts, home decor, clothing, bags, CBD products and more! Check out this hidden gem (see what I did there) and go visit them next time you are in downtown Bailey ! Boyd, the owner, is very knowledgeable if you want to talk about rocks too 🙂 


Jessica Ford and I had a great time visiting - we even picked up some stress rocks to help us relax... AHH Visit their website at https://nativevibrations.square.site/


For any of your real estate needs, Your Journey Home is here. Find out more information at www.yourjourneyhome.net . 

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Welcome To A La Niña Winter

Today, December 1, is the first day of "Meteorological Winter". Unlike the traditional seasons, based on the solstices and equinoxes, meteorologists name the seasons in three-month increments, so "winter" is December, January and February.

According to recent data from the Climate Prediction Center, CPC, La Niña is in full swing, with good chances of it staying in place through March 2021. Here's a look at what this might portend with our average Colorado weather this winter. These are the latest climate maps for the next month, from the CPC.
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Thank you for an excellent summary of what we can expect this winter!
December 10, 2020
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Small Business Saturday Promotes Shop Local

Every year, American Express helps small businesses promote shopping locally on Small Business Saturday®, the movement they started in 2010. Now, 10 years later, small businesses face one of the greatest challenges ever: a worldwide pandemic that has seen millions of Americans lose their jobs, countless small businesses close, and many more struggle to keep going. According to the Amex-commissioned 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study, 62% of U.S. small businesses reported that they need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay in business. When you Shop Small® this holiday season – and all year long – you can help create a big impact.

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Colorado Mountain Weather Observing Systems to be Enhanced with Cameras

Colorado Mountain Weather Observing Systems to be Enhanced with Cameras
February 27, 2020 - Denver Metro Area

DENVER – The Colorado Division of Aeronautics and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announce plans to enhance the Division's network of 13 Mountain Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS) with real-time camera data. In addition to receiving accurate and certified weather information, pilots will soon have the ability to visually observe weather conditions high in the Colorado Rockies before they've even departed the airport.

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Memorial Weekend Foothills Weather Forecast

It's looking like a mixed bag of weather across the foothills, the Denver metro and the adjacent plains for the upcoming holiday weekend. Some precipitation will be possible, but no big storm systems are expected. It looks like a pretty warm Saturday, followed by cooler temperatures Sunday and Memorial Day. Overall, the rainfall potential doesn't look too impressive, so you may be able to fit in some outdoor activities off and on, but you'll want to watch the skies. Remember, lightning is one of the biggest weather dangers this time of year, and we're expecting some throughout the weekend. So if you'll be hiking, biking or just enjoying the outdoors, keep the "30 Second Lightning Safety Rule" in mind. Thunderstorms and showers will continue to be at least a possibility Sunday and Monday as well, along with fairly cool temperatures.

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