Halloween, Candy, and Pumpkin Seeds!

Smashing Pumpkins“What do you think about this one, Dad?” asks my son after picking his prize pumpkin at Bartle’s Pumpkin Patch in Fort Collins, CO only a couple of weeks ago.

And now the sugar high is here.  Candy wrappers are plentiful.  And what to do with all of those pumpkins and pumpkin seeds?

Smash the pumpkins!  At least that’s what my kids want to do.  But I just wanted to share a blog from Whole Foods Market in case you need some ideas for making the best out of your pumpkin seeds.

But seriously, you’re probably still eating all of that Halloween candy, aren’t you?!

What is Cycle Quest Racing?

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Just another cycling team in Colorado?  Not exactly.  Together Klara Rossouw and Michael Nichols, founders of Cycle Quest Racing, have twelve years of bicycle racing experience between them.  After racing for various teams over the past five years, they created Cycle Quest Racing to fill the void they found in their prior organizations.

Michael began cycling when he was in high school.  His goal was simple:  to lose weight. Michael’s father introduced him to mountain biking, and before long Michael lost over 100 pounds!  He has had the opportunity to race both professionally and collegiality for his previous school, Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina.  Klara started cycling when she was 14 years old.  Nearing the end of high school she competed in national level events in her home country of South Africa with a dream of receiving a cycling scholarship to America.  She began her schooling at Mars Hill College in North Carolina in the spring of 2010.

Klara and Michael met through collegiate cycling.  From the beginning they shared the same views on the complexity and exclusivity of the sport.  Long story short, they decided to live in Fort Collins, Colorado and are currently students at Colorado State University.  They are still inspired by the healthy lifestyle and organic living in Fort Collins.

Cycle Quest Racing will be in its first season in 2014 to face a daunting yet exciting schedule filled with seasoned veterans.  The type of racing the team will focus on is what is known as endurance mountain biking.  This discipline of the sport calls for mental and physical endurance due to the length of each race.  The values Michael and Klara have instilled into this program are integrity, honesty, and respect. It is important to them that the team be involved in their community and give back to a sport that has given them so many opportunities.  These two hope to make an impact that is bigger than just cycling.  They strive to go beyond competition and show people they can be passionate about what they love.

You can see Cycle Quest Racing around the Rocky Mountains next summer – most notably at the legendary Leadville Trail 100, and Endurance Mountain Bike Nationals.  If you would like to keep up with the adventures of Cycle Quest Racing and their continued growth you can ‘Like’ them on Facebook at Cycle Quest Racing or follow them on Twitter
@Quest4Shred.

 

Our favorite photos so far of the Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest 2013 Festival!

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Colorado State University Flower Garden

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NoCo Lifestyle took a walk around the breathtaking Colorado State University Flower Garden shortly after a fresh rain. This was what we saw through the lense…

Pianos Around Old Town Fort Collins

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Ever catch yourself walking around Old Town and stopping to admire one of these lovely, artistic pianos?

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Well, it’s a collaborative project among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority and the City of Fort Collins. The idea is intended to be a fun experience that creates an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Old Town Fort Collins.

The concept behind Pianos is two-fold: (1) for residents and visitors to experience seeing art in action as the pianos are painted in public by local artists, and (2) for residents to have the opportunity to both play the pianos and enjoy them as works of art as we rotate the finished pianos about town.

The inspiration for Pianos About Town in Fort Collins came from British artist Luke Jerram who created a 60-piano installation that has toured the world since 2008. The Jerram pianos have been on display as works of art for people to play in several major cities including New York City, London, Sydney and Sao Paulo. Bohemian Foundation approached the Downtown Development Authority to seek their thoughts about creating a similar project here, placing painted pianos in downtown Fort Collins. From these discussions, the Art in Action component of the project was added with the idea of local artists painting the pianos in public.

The project evolved into a collaboration among Bohemian Foundation, the Downtown Development Authority’s Art in Action Program and the City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places Program. The first pianos were placed in Fort Collins’ Old Town Square for the 2010 holiday season and were an instant hit with the public. The program now is in operation throughout the spring, summer and fall months. We are proud that Pianos About Town brings spontaneous art and music discoveries that contribute to the cultural vibrancy of Fort Collins.

For more information on the Bohemian Foundation, click HERE

For more information on the Downtown Development Authority, click HERE

For more information on the City of Fort Collins, click HERE

Morning Hike in Horsetooth Mountain Park

Horsetooth Rock

Horsetooth Rock

Many residents of Fort Collins have made their way to the top of the infamous Horsetooth Rock in Horsetooth Mountain Park.  Sitting at 7,256 in elevation and visible from nearly everywhere in Fort Collins, Horsetooth Rock attracts hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers from all over Northern Colorado.

I have run and hiked to the top of Horsetooth Rock many times over the past few years.  What I realized on my hike this morning is that I have so much more exploring to do in Horsetooth Mountain Park.  Sure, I have made my way over to Horsetooth Falls, but there are still miles and miles of trails waiting for my shoes to step on them.

Today I decided to do a couple of things differently to make my hike a bit more interesting.  First, I climbed to the top of the south rock (the one on the left side if you are looking west toward the mountain).  Horsetooth Rock Trail leads you up to the north rock, but if you willing and able to scramble up the rock on the south side you may be pleasantly surprised with the unobstructed views as you look south.  Carter Lake, Lake Loveland, Boyd Lake – you name it.  If you have been to the top of Horsetooth Rock you know the views are spectacular and well worth the excursion up the rock.

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Once I made my way back down the rock, I kept an eye out for the Audra Culver Trail.  I have passed the trail loop so many times on my way down but today I finally took the one-mile loop – and I’m glad I did.  The Audra Culver Trail has much less traffic than the Horsetooth Rock Trail, and because it’s on the west side of the park you can see the valley and Long’s Peak just about the entire time.  The trail intersects with the South Ridge Trail, so even though it added some distance to my descent, it was a nice way to mix it up and see something different in the park. All-in-all my hike this morning was less than two hours, and that includes the time I spent taking pictures.  What a great way to start my day!  And what a blessing it is to live in Fort Collins, CO! If you have any questions or suggestions about hiking up Horsetooth Rock or if you’d like to share information about some of your favorite hikes in Northern Colorado, send me an email or Facebook message!  It’s always nice to chat with other outdoor enthusiasts! Here are some more pictures:  

Sunrise on Horsetooth Rock Trail

Sunrise on Horsetooth Rock Trail

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Mark on Horsetooth Rock

Richard Jensen on Horsetooth Rock

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Horsetooth Rock via Audra Culver Trail

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Dirty Dog Wash at Bath Garden Center and Nursery

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This morning and afternoon, the Animal House put on a “Dirty Dog Wash” at the Bath Garden Center and Nursery. All proceeds benefited the Animal House and what they stand for. For more information on their rescue and grooming services, click HERE.

For $10, your dog received a wash,

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dry,

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treats,

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and dog friendly ICE CREAM!

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To make a community, it’s not only important to have an abundance of events going on that suit one’s interest levels, but also events that do good for the community; giving back and making it a better place to live. The Animal House understands this, which is why we think it’s one non-profit organization that is worth checking out!

Anberlin Interview

“Chocolate donuts, hands down.” replies Anberlin’s drummer, Nathan Young. If someone was to throw something while on stage, Nathan would prefer it to be just that, a chocolate donut. I can’t say I would blame him, either.

Besides donuts, Nathan and I brushed on a few other topics this afternoon on a phone interview I conducted with him, here is the rest…

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NoCo Lifestyle: Vital, the latest album you guys released has a different feel to it. Some might say “youthful” or “energetic”, was there a reason to head in a different direction?

Nathan: I think it’s important as an artist to not be “one dimensional” and give the listeners the same sound with different lyrics. If you can combine new lyrics AND a different sound, without losing your musical passion as a group, then well, that’s the diversity we’re after.

NoCo Lifestyle: You guys have been together for 11 years, and created quite a few albums (6 to date), can you say that you’ve had a favorite one that you all have made?

Nathan: I think if I said a certain album it wouldn’t be fair, because all of our albums are so unique individually. Also, when we create an album, we focus so much on pouring everything we have into every song. So, to answer your question, we can honestly say that our latest albums are the ones we are most proud of. That doesn’t have to be the answer for every artist; but it feels good to be able to answer your question that way.

NoCo Lifestyle: There isn’t a shortage of countries you guys have played in, do you have a favorite?

Nathan: Australia. We’ve been there quite a few times; have a great fan base and following there. We’ve always have a lot of fun playing there. We’ll be going back this fall again; we’re excited.

NoCo Lifestyle: Your schedule says Colorado Springs tomorrow night (Wednesday) and Fort Collins on Thursday. Have you guys played in Colorado before? Ever play at Red Rocks?

Nathan: We have been to Colorado before, played in Denver a few times and have loved it. Never played at Red Rocks, though. Maybe someday…

NoCo Lifestyle: Never played at Red Rocks, really?! I thought you guys were like, popular…

Nathan: We are popular, really popular. We just haven’t played at Red Rocks yet… (for the record, this wasn’t an exact quote)

NoCo Lifestyle: Besides pouding on a drum canvas, what else do you like to do? (Personally)

Nathan: I’m into photography…(interrupted abruptly)

NoCo Lifestyle: Oh yeah?! What type of photography?

Nathan: I like a few different types, but primarily like to shoot with a Pentax, and the more old school route, 35mm, black room and all…

NoCo Lifestyle: I like it! I have respect for people who shoot with that still in this day and age, when digital photography can be so easy to alter, delete, or edit images. Ok, sorry to interrupt, any other hobbies?

Nathan: I’m also into coffee, as in, roasting my own. Thoughts of possibly opening a shop someday wouldn’t be unrealistic. I also like to ride bikes.

NoCo Lifestyle: So you like photography, coffee, and bikes. I can only assume you ride a fixed gear bike. 🙂

Nathan: haha! I don’t, but I appreciate fixed gear bikes. I think you are more “in-tune and apart” of the bike when you are dappling on one around the city. I used to do a bit of Alley Cat racing back in the day. That was fun!

NoCo Lifesyle: Dude, you’re going to love Fort Collins…

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I then proceeded to tell Nathan a little about how much bikes are apart of our community, and that Fort Collins was recently named “Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community” by the league of American Bicyclists. I also told him about our Bicycle Library and he, like almost everyone I tell that too, thought that was very unique and cool.

I was conducting this interview from inside one of my favorite coffee shops in Old Town Fort Collins, the Bean Cycle Coffee Shop. Before Nathan and I ended our conversation I told him he should get in touch with me if he gets into town early enough before the show. If he likes bikes and coffee, then he would definitely love a brew from the Bean Cycle. It is also just a short walk down from where Anberlin is playing on Thursday night, The Aggie Theater. Show starts at 8pm as Anberlin will be joined by Stars in Stereo and Campfire Ok. Check back here for photos from the event, as NoCo Lifestyle will have photo credentials.

Thanks for the time, Nathan. Maybe see you before the show on Thursday!