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Exploring 285 - Pine Emporium

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Pine Emporium in Historic Pine Grove, Colorado . They have antiques, trinkets, books, photography, collectibles and so much more! Check them out next time you are in Pine! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pine-Emporium/790822087637159


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Halloween in the Mountains!

As new homeowners (or new parents), many of us look forward to participating in those annual holiday traditions - decorating for Christmas, passing out candy at Halloween, etc. When we bought our first house in Conifer, we were so excited to welcome Trick or Treaters to our door that we rushed to Costco to buy the giant bag of candy to be sure we'd have enough. We decorated our house, made sure our porch light was turned on, and sat in eager anticipation of little voices yelling "Trick or Treat!"

That first Halloween, we quickly realized things are done a little differently here from where we'd grown up when we had not a single goblin, ghost, Spiderman, or princess warrior grace our door. With houses spaced out further, and a lack of streetlights, going door-to-door in the neighborhood isn't really an option for kids in the mountains. After polishing off that giant bowl of candy ourselves (ouch), we discovered the fabulous world of Trunk or Treats at local schools, activities at libraries, and Trick or Treating at area businesses!

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CCMRD is hosting a Trick Or Treat at the Rec on 10/26 from 4-6pm! (Clear Creek Recreation Center, Idaho Springs)
October 19, 2019
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Thank you Samantha! We'll get that added to our Community Calendar. ... Read More
October 19, 2019
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Exploring 285 - Scooters Smokehouse & Grill

This week on Exploring 285 we visited Scooter's Smokehouse & Grill to see their new remodeled restaurant and eat some delicious bbq! Next time you are in Conifer check them out!  https://m.facebook.com/scooterssmokehousebbq/

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Keeping Up With The Community | Episode 22 - Sharon Trilk of My Mountain Town

If you're reading this post, you're probably on it right now. MyMountainTown.com. Meet our beloved Sharon Trilk, she's the face behind My Mountain Town, the leading news and forum website for the foothills. 🏔

Sharon is ĂĽber-passionate about our local mountain towns and is constantly striving to strengthen the fabric of our community. Learn about her story and how she came to take over My Mountain Town back in 2011 as well as what MMT has to offer.

"Our goal is to connect everyone in the community—the businesses, the non-profits, the community members… because we all help each other succeed and thrive. But it takes more than just being online. You have to get out in your community. So I'm going to challenge everyone. Pick a favorite non-profit in the area and find one you love, and just volunteer for an hour or two a month or an hour a two a week. Whatever you have time for. When we all pitch in and get to know each other, we make it the place to live that it is. It's beautiful; this is the place to be. This is our heart."

Sharon Trilk, Owner of My Mountain Town

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Thank you so much Trang for doing an episode of 'Keeping Up With the Community' on My Mountain Town! It's been such a delight work... Read More
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Great interview! People and community helping one another
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Adopt a Shelter Pet - October Adoptable pets

This week on #exploring285 we visited Intermountain Humane Society for October's #adoptashelterpet month! See all the adoptable #dogs and some of the #cats. Visit imhs.org to submit an application and get more details! Or stop by IMHS in Pine Junction located off 285 near The Cruz drive thru.
#adoptdontshop #family #bff #dogs #kitties #furrbabies #IMHS #Exploring285 #October #adoptashelterpetmonth #companions #mountainlife #lifeofashelteranimal #kaylamaathuis #kaylasellshomes
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FALL COLORS OF 285

This week on #exploring285 we took adventures to some of our local parks including Kenosha Pass , Guanella Pass , Staunton State Park - Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Meyer Ranch Park! We would love to see your adventures too, so share your photos of your adventures! We LOVE fall! #lovefall #explore285 #guanellapass #stauntonstatepark #coloradoparksandwildlife #Meyerranchpark #adventures #fallcolors #nature #beauty #leaves #octoberinthemountains #viewsfordays #realtorlife #kaylasellshomes 


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Colorado Trail Segment 28 of 28

We could see the parking lot now, we were almost laughing with excitement as we took our last steps and arrived at the southern terminus. We took off our packs and just deflated, as if on cue, in an emotional end to an incredible journey.

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Colorado Trail Segment 27 of 28

We crossed through treeline and across the open tundra where we were greeted by a spectacular array of mountain peaks and ridgelines. Back in the alpine we were. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 26 of 28

Our pace was quick, our focus acute, we were only 53 miles away from the southern terminus of the Colorado Trail.

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Colorado Trail Segment 25 of 28

There was a sense of harmony in this place. We needed to pass through it, but didn't want to disturb the energy. Peacefully we made our way across, absorbing it's beauty and leaving no trace of ourselves. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 24 of 28

If the avalanche debris we were finding off on the side of the road was any determination to what we were bypassing in Elk Creek, we were assured of our decision to take the detour.

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Colorado Trail Segment 23 of 28

Traveling in the alpine region for this long was a special treat for us that we will cherish for a long time to come. Sunsets, sunrises, extreme views and starlit skies beyond imagination made for great moments and everlasting memories. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 22 of 28

We found an inviting saddle to camp in that would offer, not only a great sunset in the coming minutes, an incredible sunrise the next morning, but also a starlit sky that night like nothing we had ever seen before. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 21 of 28

We neared a known avalanche debris field and began a tedious game of "where is the trail" in the dark. Our headlamps allowed us to see only so far.

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Colorado Trail Segment 20 of 28

We paused, looking forward into segment 21 and were in awe of the trail as it climbed straight up the other side of the valley as if a stairway to heaven. We had arrived, we were in the San Juan Mountains. We pushed on in silence.

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Colorado Trail Segment 19 of 28

The bridge crossing, more like log crossing, had been washed out earlier in the season, so we took off our shoes and waded through the cold waters to the other side. It was invigorating.

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Colorado Trail Segment 18 of 28

It was just a quiet stroll through a place lost in time. Nothing out here spoke of modern man. It was just earth, sky and far off mountains as far as the eye could see. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 17 of 28

The thunder cracked, the rain began to increase and we found ourselves pitching our tent on an awkward hillside trying to take shelter. 

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Colorado Trail Segment 16 of 28

In the middle of the night we heard what sounded like a pack of wild hyenas coming up from the valley below in search of a late night snack. Coyotes.

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Colorado Trail Segment 15 of 28

We were in a happy place. Good vibes just seemed to wrap around us. We hiked, we talked and we shared our stories. It was a day of recognizing all the good that exists. 

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