10 Crazy Things to Do in Colorado

Colorado is a state full of hidden surprises. Do you have enough heart to conquer this list? Proceed at your own risk!   10. Ride this alpine rollercoaster. Ride down the mountain on 2,500 feet of coaster track on the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster at Breckenridge. Ride alone or with a friend on our 2-seater coaster cars, and control your own speed through the turns, dips and twists around and above the ski runs and through the forest. www.breckenridge.com/activities/gold-runner-alpine-coaster 9. Dive with the sharks at the Denver Aquarium. Looking for something out of the ordinary without leaving the great state of Colorado? Have we got an adventure for you! Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with a variety of sharks, barracudas, giant sea turtles, saw fish and so much more. www.divedowntown.com/programs/dive-with-the-sharks 8. Drive to the top of Pikes Peak. The safe, scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. From the gateway at an elevation of 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through an alpine wonderland of scenic beauty, mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, overtaking the clouds…all along the way to the 14,115 foot summit of America’s most famous mountain. 7. Zip lining in the Rockies Soar up to 600 feet above rugged canyon floors and explore the Rocky Mountains at speeds up to 40 mph on Colorado’s finest zip lining tour. http://www.theadventurecompany.com 6. Gator Wrestling Class During the gator wrestling class you will be catching alligators from 2 foot to 8 foot long!  You will start off learning how to catch and handle the little 2-4 footers, then...

View of Denver from Sloans Lake with Wakeboarder and Boat

On my way home from an appointment today, I paused to enjoy the beauty of our city viewed over Sloans Lake from the Eastern border of Edgewater. Fortunately, a wakeboarder passed in front of me and jumped his wake to show in this image how one can bring a motorized boat to this lake, right in the heart of Denver. How cool is that?!...
2014 Schomp BMW Denver Polo Classic and Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation

2014 Schomp BMW Denver Polo Classic and Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation

The Denver Polo Classic is an event organized by the Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation of Denver (part of Active 20-30 International). The event is the longest running, biggest charity polo fundraiser in the country. The event raises close to $1,000,000 a year for at-risk youth. I was blessed with the opportunity to be a volunteer member of this organization for many years and now carry on my service as a volunteer photographer at its events when my schedule permits. Following are my pictures from the Championship Day. Post by 1 Special Moment Photography – Rick Janson, Denver...
Cool Real Estate Trends – When 200 Square Feet Lives Large

Cool Real Estate Trends – When 200 Square Feet Lives Large

  As more and more people choose to live in densely-populated urban areas, cities are becoming more and more crowded and living spaces are becoming ever more compact. As such, forward-thinking designers are beginning to embrace the trend and develop so-called “micro-dwellings” that aim to maximize space and efficiency. We’ve seen some pretty impressive small space designs in the past, but this one –MIT’s CityHome– takes things to a completely new level. Contrary to what the name might suggest, CityHome isn’t actually a living space itself. It’s more like a large, consolidated chunk of home essentials that allows you to maximize usable space in a small studio. Think of it like a murphy bed on steroids — it’s basically a closet-sized mechanical box that fits into an apartment and functions as a bed, work space, dining room table (with seating for six), a cooking range, closet, and multipurpose storage space. Additionally, the entire module is built on low-friction rollers, so it can easily be moved a few feet in any direction to extend or compress a given room. Furthermore, as you’d expect from something designed by MIT students, CityHome is also motorized and can be controlled using Minority Report style gestures. Generally speaking, most micro apartments rely on hinges, rollers, and other fixtures that you expand or collapse manually, but CityHome is different. Want to pull out the bed? Just point your palm at the bed section and make a pulling motion backward. Need to adjust the lights? Simply change the position of your hand to adjust color temperature and brightness. With just a few motions, you can transform your dining room into dancehall, or turn...
You’ll love these Little Free Libraries that are appearing in Washington Park Denver CO 80209

You’ll love these Little Free Libraries that are appearing in Washington Park Denver CO 80209

What a fun idea! We’ve started seeing these little free libraries pop up all over Washington Park, Denver 80209 and applaud the effort to build community and nurture a love of literature. What is a Little Free Library? It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Little Free Library FAQs From www.LittleFreeLibrary.org 1. What ‘s so special about having an official Little Free Library? If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months. Little Free Libraries have a unique, personal touch and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. These aren’t just any old books, this is a carefully curated collection and the Library itself is a piece of neighborhood art! 2. Is there a World Map of Little Free Libraries? Where is it and how do I navigate it? You may find the World Map of registered Little Free Libraries on several pages of our website, including the home page. You may also find the map on the page called Map in our main menu. If you are having trouble navigating the map, simply click on the link below the map that allows you to open it in full-page view. You will then see an index on the left-hand side of the map that allows you to locate Libraries based on City and...

What do I need to earn to live in Denver?

The salary you must earn to buy a home in 27 metros By Tim Manni @ HSH.com How much salary do you need to earn in order to afford the principal, interest, taxes and insurance payments on a median-priced home in the metro Denver area? Here’s a current look at how much salary you would need to earn in order to afford the principal and interest payments on a median-priced home in Denver. Mortgage rate: 4.53 percent average as of May 21, 2014 Quarterly change: +0.04 percent Home price: $288,400 Quarterly change: +3.26 percent YOY change: +10.4 percent Monthly payment: $1,397.49 Salary: $59,892.46 Quarterly change: +$1,814.15 Denver has been known over the past few years as a stable housing market—one that never rose too fast or fell too hard. But that stability is beginning to be replaced by fast-moving seller’s market. Quickly rising home prices are prompting more sellers to list their homes. And why not, Denver-area Realtors are reporting that their homes are some of the fastest selling homes in the nation. How much salary do you need to earn in order to afford the principal and interest payments on a median-priced home in your metro area? To find out, HSH.com took the National Association of Realtors’ first-quarter data for median home prices and HSH.com’s first-quarter average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to determine how much of your salary it would take to afford the base cost of owning a home–the principal, interest, taxes and insurance–in 27 metro areas. We used standard 28 percent “front-end” debt ratios, and a 20 percent down payment subtracted from the NAR’s median-home-price data to arrive at...