Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Year-round Hiking Adventure at The Paint Mines in Calhan Colorado

Colorado is notorious for its fluctuating weather patterns.... snow possible in areas 10 months out of the year, but 300+ days of sunshine! This week is a fine example of this... snow and wind today, but we'll be back up to 60 & sunny by Wednesday/Thursday. That being said, for a girl who loves outdoor adventure, I try to hike year round. 

One of the most unique hiking adventures we've enjoyed is "Paint Mines Interpretive Park" in Calhan, Colorado. My pictures will be worth much more than words in this case. It's hard to explain the natural beauty of how the water and other weather has cut through the land, revealing seienite clay and jasper in an awe-inspiring display. I've heard about this place for years, but finally ventured over in the summer of 2016, so these photos are from the summer months. There are some paved walk ways, and dirt trails in & around the natural carvings. Calhan is east of Colorado Springs about 20 minutes. It definitely feels like you are driving into the middle of nowhere, and even if you park at the first marked parking lot and trail head, you can't quite imagine what you're about to see. Don't worry, it is a quick hike in.

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Be forewarned about weather!! We were here on a cloudy day, but I have heard the formations and rock can really hold onto the summer heat, so be cautious if you go on a particularly warm day. As with any day in Colorado, pack extra water! We enjoyed the clouds, but those summer storms can roll in surprisingly quick, so we ended up making a very quick jaunt back to vehicles before getting poured on. The Paint Mines are incredible to see and it makes you wish you paid more attention in geology to understand the origin of the beautiful colors.

Here is the El Paso County description and directions to the park...  http://adm.elpasoco.com/CommunityServices/ParkOperations/Pages/PaintMinesInterpretivePark.aspx

Enjoy!! 

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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 14, Jan 15) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 14, Jan 15) in Colorado Springs

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count -  Sat Jan 14 8:30-11:00 am, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO 80817

Admission: $5. Want to get outside this weekend and help out the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join them for the Winter bird count. Good for the beginning birder as well for the more advanced lovers of birds. Reservations required by phone or online: Fountain Creek Nature Center

Jubal Flagg: Stand-Up Comedy, Sat Jan 14, 8:00 pm, Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

Admission: $18-$23. This guy can do everything! From being a radio host on 98.9, to being a television personality to a writer and producer of comedy bits, Jubal has plenty of material for his stand up routine. . For more information: Stargazer's Theatre.

 

Kids' Quarterly: Starry Night Sleepover, Fri Jan 13 6:30pm - Sat Jan 14 7:30am, Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road

Admission: $60 members, $65 non-members. Need some alone time away from the kids? Take them on a sleepover at Bear Creek Nature Center. Hiking, fire pits and s'mores all included. For more information: Bear Creek Nature Center.

 

Unfinished Romantic by Chamber Orchestra, Sat, Jan 14, 2017, 7pm, Broadmoor Community Church, Sun, Jan 15, 2017 2:30pm First Christian Church

Admission: $25 Adult, $20 Senior and Military. Fanny Mendelssohn Overture in C Major Schubert Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D.759 “Unfinished” Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138, Franck Symphonic Variations for Piano & Orchestra with Dr. Zahari Metchkov, piano. For more information check out their website Chamber Orchestra.

 

Questions for the Map: Writing Travel Poetry, Sat Jan 14 10:00am - 12:00pm, Hooked on Books Downtown, 12 E. Bijou

Admission: Free. Love to travel? Love to write? Have we got a fun thing for you! Bring your maps, postcards and travel memorabilia to serve as inspiration for some travel related writing prompts. For more information: Poetry West Facebook Page.

 

 

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Understanding Clouded Titles

Understanding Title Clouds, Colorado Springs Real EstateWhen you buy a house you certainly don't want to inherit someone else's debts or legal problems. This is one reason for a title Insurance policy. Title Insurance protects or insures that you have "Clear Title" to your property. Clear Title means that there are no liens, claims, judgments or problems with the title. The aim is to define the undisputed owner of the property. If you are buying the property, we want that to be, you!

What is a Clouded Title?

When the title to a property is not "Clear" we refer to it as "Clouded". Title clouds hurt both the value as well as the marketability of a property. Clouds could include the following:

  • Mechanic's lien-These are lien rights given to contractors. This is used for the purpose of securing the payment for work performed.
  • Homeowner's Association Assessment Lien- For HOA fees and/or violations.

  • Federal or State Tax Lien

  • Judgement Lien- These liens are generally created when someone wins a lawsuit against you and then records that judgment against your property.

  • Misspelled property's address on a deed that conveys title

  • A mortgage lien whose repayment hasn't been officially recorded

  • Deed which has been signed but was not properly recorded

  • Easement that has not been properly recorded

  • Unpaid property taxes

  • Failure to transfer property rights (mineral rights, etc.) to the appropriate owner.

  • Pending lawsuits (lis pendens) over ownership rights to the property.

How to Clear a Clouded Title

Clouds on title can be resolved in a couple of different ways. The most common method is by initiating a quit-claim deed. Once the lien holder has proof that the lien has been satisfied, they would sign the quitclaim deed. This releases any interest the lien holder has in the property.

The second and more complicated method is through the commencement of the action to quiet title. This is an actual lawsuit that determines the validity of any challenges or claims to the title of a property. The outcome would "quiet" any claims and/or challenges to the title.

Why Getting Clear Title is Important

It is certainly best to take care of these issues prior to putting a property on the market but unfortunately, this isn't always possible. Homeowners are often surprised to find liens from subcontractors they have no knowledge of. Additionally, improperly recorded easements are often surprises that are discovered only upon a new survey or Improvement Location Certificate.

Title clouds are generally resolvable with the right knowledge and a little legwork. This is why the choice of a Title Company is essential during a real estate transaction. If you have any questions about "Clouded Titles" please give me a call.

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Why People Move to Colorado Springs

Why People Move to Colorado Springs

There are probably a gazillion reasons why so many people are moving to Colorado, year after year, and after 27 years of living here myself, here are just a few of my own:

WE HAVE JOBS! And we apparently have A LOT of them, and in a wide range of industries, especially in the professional and business sectors. As of November, 2016, the unemployment rate for the country was 4.6%. As of November, 2016, the unemployment rate for Colorado was 3.2%.

WE HAVE MOUNTAINS! The Front Range, to include Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo is no more than an hour and a half drive to world class hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, and some of the most breathtaking views of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the country. Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring, you will never be without a ton of different options as you head west into Colorado's mountains.

WE ARE FIT! Colorado routinely ranks in the top ten for healthiest states in the country, and we routinely have very low obesity rates. Combine those stats with 300+ days of sunshine a year, and the almost obscene popularity of physical, outdoor activities, and you find yourself with a very healthy and fit population!

WE HAVE PRO SPORTS! So, if you are into that, you have a plethora of which to choose. The Denver Broncos play at Mile High Stadium in Denver and you may or may not have heard that they won the Super Bowl last year. The Colorado Avalanche (hockey) and the Denver Nuggets (men's basketball) share the Pepsi Center in Denver and both are always fun and great for a night out! The Colorado Rockies play baseball at Coors Field which is one of the most spectacular stadiums in the country with the stunning Rocky Mountains in the backdrop. Colorado even has a professional soccer team and two professional lacrosse teams!

WE HAVE ARTS AND CULTURE! So, if you are into that, you also have plethora with which to choose. Colorado's music, dance, theatre, and visual arts organizations are known here for presenting popular masterpieces and innovative, creative new works pretty much year round. Our state's long tradition of stellar cultural events, performing arts series, and indoor and outdoor art festivals ensure that there is always something amazing to do and see here and you will are pretty much always guaranteed to be entertained!

Need more reasons to move to our great state? Give me a call! We could talk the benefits and beauty of living here until I am blue in the face! 

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Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 7, Jan 8) in Colorado Springs

Things to Do This Weekend (Jan 7, Jan 8) in Colorado Springs

United States International Duo Piano Competition -  Fri Jan 6, 7:00 pm, Sat Jan 7 9:15, 10:30, 2:20, 3:45, 5:00, Sun Jan 8, 1:15, 2:45, The Broadmoor Hotel, 1 Lake Avenue

Admission: Free. Have you ever seen a Duo Piano Competition? Now you have 3 days to catch your glimpse of this unique performance. This competition spans all ages and all levels. For more information: United States International Duo Piano Competition Organization

Wine & Watercolor - Evergreens & Trees, Sat Jan 7, 6pm-8:30pm, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street

Admission: $45 per person, $35 for members. Nothing goes better together than art, music and wine. Join the Beamis teachers for a class on Evergreens and Trees and enjoy a glass of wine to get your creativity off to a good start. For Registration and more information: Fine Arts Center.

 

Second Sunday Concert Series: The Taiko Society, Sun Jan 8 2pm, PPLD -Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive

Admission: Free. Traditional Japanese drummers will perform a lively and thunderous free concert at the 21c Library as part of their Second Sunday Series. A great show for all ages. For more information: Pikes Peak Library.

 

Paintings by Missye Bonds and Photography by John Fielder, Sun, Jan 8, 2pm-5pm, Rico's Cafe, Chocolate and Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon

Admission: Free. This art opening features paintings and photographs of Strawberry Fields through different eyes and different seasons. Proceeds from the sale will support Save Cheyenne in the legal action to preserve and protect this land, our city park since 1885 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information check out their website Save Cheyenne.

 

Colorado Springs Fitness Expo, Sat Jan 7 10:00am - 5:00pm, Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa

Admission: Free. Just in time for your New Year's Resolution, this Fitness Expo aims to get you on the right track for fitness. There will be fitness vendors, live fitness classes, studios and clubs onsite and even a fashion show to inspire you to look your best while working out. For more information: Colorado Springs Fitness Expo.

 

 

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