Fireworks on New Year's Eve

Tonight there will be fireworks from the top of Pikes Peak.  Every year the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club climbs the icy slopes of Barr Trail, located on the east face of the world famous Pikes Peak.  Then, at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, AdAmAn members and their guests ignite a glorious fireworks display from the summit to usher in the New Year.

 

The club has been a local tradition since 1922.  It is a unique group of mountaineers, who each year on December 30th and 31st make the climb.  The club was founded in memory of the original "Frozen Five," Ed Morath, Fred Morath, Fred Barr, Willis Magee and Harry Standley.  Their idea was that each year only one new member whould be added to the club, hence the name AdAmAn (for add a man).  New members are chosen from a list of applicants, and it is quite an honor to be selected.

 

The climbing party of thirty members and guests leaves the trailhead of Barr Trail on December 30th, with an overnight camp at Barr Camp.  On December 31st they flash mirrors from their location at timberline, to friends and families in the Colorado Springs area.  In the early afternoon, they finish the ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak.  This 14,110 foot climb is often accomplished on icy and snow covered slopes with wind chills of -50 degrees.

 

Today our local weather in the Springs is a chilling high of 30 degrees.  The snow covered Peak towers above with temperatures well below that.  I admire those brave mountaineers who take such pride in this local tradition.  Thank you, AdAmAn, and be safe!

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Christmas Wishes!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Today I am especially grateful for all my clients/friends!  Thank you for your business, referrals and friendship.  Thank you for letting me help you with these life transitions.  I wish you happines and peace during this holiday season and in the year ahead. 

 

 

nicole happel

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2014 Still Going Strong

I keep scratching my head cuz it's Christmas time and home sales have not diminished.   Homes are still selling at a record pace.  Buyers are still buying.  Normally around the holidays we quiet down.  I'm not even going to question why we haven't this year.  I am just happy and grateful that the market is so good right now.  Here is what our Colorado Springs housing market saw last month, November 2014:

 

SINGLE FAMILY HOME SALES        =  UP 10.3% OVER LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

AVERAGE SALES PRICE S/F HOME = UP 1% OVER LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

TOTAL HOMES FOR SALE                 = DOWN 14.8% FROM LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

 

CONDOS/TOWNHOME SALES          = UP 8.9% OVER LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

AVERAGE SALES PRICE OF CONDO/TOWNHOME= UP 2.4% OVER LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

TOTAL CONDOS/TOWNHOMES FOR SALE = DOWN 11.1% FROM LAST YEAR, SAME TIME

 

I don't know exactly why, but our market is just as strong now as it was earlier in the year.  I just hope that everyone still believes in Santa Claus!

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Local Resource - Alpine Autism Center

Autism is a challenge affecting more and more families across the US. While I'm not interested in engaging in the great debate about why this is the case, I thought I would share this recent discovery. If you live here, and have a child on the autism spectrum, you may already be aware, but if your considering Colorado Springs, this might be a great resource for your family!

I was showing houses on the northwest side of Colorado Springs yesterday (worthy of a blog post all it's own sometime soon!) when I was intrigued by a gorgeous Tuscan style building just up the hill past my turn. I was a minute early, so I drove on up to check it out. I only snagged a picture of the sign & building setting, and looked them up when I go home. The Alpine Autism Center offers full and part day programs during their 8a-4p hours. Their site offers a plethora of information about autism and the services they offer, so I'm going to direct you to them- www.alpineautismcenter.org.... I just wanted to make this resource known for those not yet aware or researching it as a decision factor in coming to Colorado Springs. 

This tucked away and gorgeous location is great, I'm sure you could stop by for assistance as well. From Garden of the Gods Rd, go west to the "end", turn right/north on 30th, left on Flying W ranch, Left on Stoneridge left on Fieldstone, follow up hill and it ends at their property. 

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Love or Fear; It's Your Choice

I once read a self-help book entitled "Love is Letting Go of Fear."  The basic premiss of it was that you cannot love something and fear it at the same time.  The two are mutually exclusive.  You must choose if you are going to love something or fear it.   Today I read a quote from Jon Gordon, basically the same principle.  Here it is:

Love the struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.

Love challenges because they make you stronger.

Love competition because it makes you better

Love negative people because they make you more positive.

Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness.

Love fear because it makes you courageous.

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.

 

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