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A Love of Lonsdale

April 5, 2018 / By Chris Oudean It all started in 2004, when my wife and I began an 18 day road trip through Canada starting from our then longtime hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. On our last pit stop, we spent four days in Vancouver BC. Booking our room at a hotel atop a quaint looking market with decent pricing, we spent our days taking the ferry across to downtown Vancouver to wander around town, and our nights exploring the offerings of the marketplace. Lonsdale Quay was it’s name and in our brief time here, we fell in love with …

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5 Reasons Why Not To Move To Colorado If You’re A Nature Lover

January 29, 2018 / By Chris Oudean -Pine Valley Ranch Park, Colorado A healthy plant cannot survive without strong roots in rich soil. One could say the same about your mental health. Without a rich soil of positive experiences to feed the roots of your emotions, your mental health cannot sustain a good mood. When you wake up one morning and realize that that soil around you isn’t sustaining you anymore, its time to pull up your roots and replant them in richer pastures. This is the reason why after four short years living in Denver, Colorado we decided to …

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Destination Red Rocks Park

July 7, 2017 / By Chris Oudean Red Rocks Park is one of the most popular destinations in Colorado. It’s not only home to the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater prized for it’s near perfect acoustics, but it’s also a great place to get some exercise on the numerous hiking trails, and learn about its history of dinosaur fossil discoveries throughout the years. The park itself has many entrances and exits. The roads meander through the park, interconnecting in places. There are a number of small parking areas and pullouts where you can head out on one of the many …

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Frederick in Flight Hot Air Balloon Festival

June 29, 2017 / By Katie Hnatik “A bayoon! A Bayoon! A Bayoon!” I shouted to my mom excitedly as we drove down the road in Anchorage, AK one late spring afternoon when I was only a few years old. In fact, there were several hot air balloons launched from an open field, and my mom pulled the car into a parking lot nearby so we could watch them floating above the trees. They had bright, colorful patterns, and seeing so many of them at once made it seem like something magical was happening, as if my every day world had mixed with some dream …