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Sugarloaf Mountain Boulder Colorado.

Trials of Life, Backyard Edition

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I never know who to root for in those predator / prey nature specials. Usually, the narrative is set up so that if you’re introduced to the lion first, you root for the lion. If it’s the gazelle, well then you’re hoping it speeds away to live another day. In real life, the roles of hero and villain are more subjective. Now that we have a small piece of genuine wilderness in the Boulder foothills, we have an unedited look at the trials of life. I’ve lived in Colorado 17…

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Fremont does his patented move, the "gold rush".

The Golden Touch

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O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper, Which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour — Lord Byron, Don Juan I’m not the first person in Colorado to have visions of gold dancing in my head. Long before the promise of gluten-free cupcakes and mega-hip tech companies, dreamers made their way to Colorado — before there even was a “Colorado” — to partake of the great Gold Rush of 1858 – 1862 (Colorado wouldn’t become a territory until 1861). The ‘59ers were similar to the more famous ‘49ers…

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The Mines of Cloud City

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There’s gold in them hills!! Less interesting is “There’s tungsten in them hills!” and perhaps even less inviting, “There’s bismuth in them hills!” Turns out we have all three on our property, along with a few other radioactive, naturally occurring elements such as thorium and uranium. Mining history in our community, Sugarloaf, is fairly interesting, especially if you like Cold War conspiracy theories or Pepto-Bismol.  Let’s start with everybody’s favorite arc-welding metal, tungsten. “Tungsten” sounds like it could be a private, east coast college: “Oh, I didn’t know you were…

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Cloud City Cabin, Boulder Colorado

A Cabin in the Woods

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The sequence of events that added up to Sheila and I owning our cabin and land would be nearly impossible to reproduce; therefore the question, “How were you guys able to find that land?” would require a long, convoluted answer. The short answer is something like this: Mountain land values went down after the 2013 floods; our site wasn’t affected but did drop in price a few hundred thousand  dollars. Sheila was able to convince me to get off my butt and look at the land when she first saw…

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