27 Feb 2011

Switzerland Trail Run

Went for a long run on the Switzerland Trail today with a buddy while our wives also went on a long run. We all ran over 2 hours doing maybe a little over 10 miles with about 800' of elevation gain (all on the way back)

4 miles out from the trailhead is the town of Sunset

23 Feb 2011

Sugarloaf Visit Number 3

Saturday we ran a 5-mile race in Littleton, CO along a river trail that was a lot like the Burke Gilman. I ended up with the exact same pace as the prior week at a 5K. This race had chocolate fondue at the finish

So Sunday we made our way up for another visit to the Sugarloaf house. We stopped in at both Longmont and Lyons

The homeowner was not there as agreed but these guys (or gals) were

These are the neighbours. Not a bad distance although for 9 acres I had expected seclusion

Various views from inside the house. Not bad

This is on the next door property. Any idea? It looks like a telescope

Various rooms

Looking back towards Sugarloaf Mountain. Our property goes back between those two houses. Not necessarily the most usable acreage but would be good to build a path as that is the way to endless miles of trails

The hot tub and the sauna...

HAHA! We let the dogs in

Outside deck

Ruins on the property. Looks like was long ago a stone building. Given where I drank underage as a youngster, this is a huge plus

Mountain living - propane tanks

The horse barn. If we do buy this we decided that the barn would be a very fun place for "socializing"

The neighbour with the pink toilet is only in view leaving the property

Neighbours across the street

And Boulder - 19 minutes to downtown

We're filling out forms for pre-approval, which we had to do anyways. May make an offer that would likely be declined as we won't be buying it anywhere near it's listing price (which is about $100,000 less than was bought 5 years ago)

17 Feb 2011

Sugarloaf House Part 2

Here is a pic from last week's "Love 'em or Leave 'em" 5K

I took today off work to explore around the possible new house. While Maureen gets excited about the house itself, I'm more interested in things like drive into town, privacy and other factors - like running nearby and historical uniqueness. Right behind the house is that Switzerland Trail mentioned last update. Here are pics of and from the trail. This section of the trail is an 11-mile round trip. We obviously didn't do 11-miles. It was also 29 when we started - it was 47 when we left Denver in the morning

A view of the house from above

The house comes with a barn for our burros. Can't see the barn here, just the fence

Here is one possible neighbour - no idea why there is a pink toilet on the porch. It is "rugged" country

We then went 5-miles up to the Peak-to-Peak Highway as this would be a nice short-cut to skiing. It is paved the first two miles then dirt the final three. It wasn't bad

On Peak-to-Peak it was 20 degrees and snowing (2 hours later back in Denver it was 54 and sunny)

Mountain towns are pretty cool - if not to live at least for character. This is Ward

First time in the area we stayed in Gold Hill. There was a brutal road you could use to get up there (we did 3x only). We also remembered there were 2 cool dogs who always were hanging out so we checked to see if they were still there. Yup

Lefthand Fire Station

Near Lee Hill Road

I will see the house itself Sunday...