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The Strange Team Hiking Quandary PeakThere’s nothing like doing something you like to do and having friends join you.  Especially when what you like to do is see the view from the top of the world.  About 3 years ago I decided that a good way to connect with friends, associates and to meet new friends would be to do something I enjoy and invite them to come along. Being a Colorado resident the obvious bucket list item was to climb a 14’er. We started 3 years ago with Grays, last year was Mt. Bierstadt and this year it was Quandary Peak.

Most of us came from the Denver area so we met at I70 and exit 259 at the park and ride (T-Rex lot) to caravan to the trailhead. There were 11 of us and we had plans to meet another six in Breckenridge. We gathered everyone and started on the trailhead at 9am. I realize it’s a little late (although to sell a gathering like this it takes some caressing) so a little later start was required.

Before getting started we missed the turn (the driver was pretty excited and drove by the obvious sign indicating where the trailhead was) and headed down 850 to the lake. This is worth a visit. There’s a cool stream that runs from the lake through the valley. On this road we came across some goats that we believe we saw again on the trail to the summit.

We had a good mix of seasoned hikers, some have hiked before and several were doing this for the first time (one of which was my 9-year-old son). The trail starts out with a pretty good incline through a forest. The trail is very well marked and is a nice treat with some interesting sights. There was lots of cool fallen trees and some great meadows. The first break in the trees is in a meadow of sorts with some breathtaking views of the valley and neighboring peaks. After seemingly forever we peaked above the tree line. The path remained relatively easy to see. Several large rock piles help guide the way as the path does look a little worn in some places.
The rock path goes on forever until you reach the ridge separating the last pitch to the summit. A slower pace would lend this segment to another hour of hiking. This is where we were greeted by a tribe (I googled this Wink ) of goats. There were several babies and they were pretty docile. I saw a marmot on the trip as well as numerous pikas (mouse like creatures).

Of the 17 that joined us 14 summited. My 9 year old was one of them. He managed pretty well and he’s pretty athletic. We did experience some rain and heard thunder. We made out after getting a good looking storm that came from behind the peak that only brough rain and not lightning.

Sunday traffic in the afternoon is not ideal so instead of heading down I-70 we  went down CO Road 9 to HWY 85 going through Fairplay and Bailey and made it back in less than 2 hours. The folks that went down I70 said they got stuck in painfully slow traffic.

With a large group like this the fastest of us made it to the top in 3 hours and the longest time on trail had our last group down around 4pm. All in all it was another great experience and I look forward to it again next year.

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September 3, 2011:  The sun is starting to reach the apex of it’s daily trek, the artificial turf is glistening and there is electricity in the air.  After a full month of practices and late nights in coaches strategy sessions our work is being put to the test…oh yeah, and the kids will be there too…it’s…

Opening Day forYouth Football!

Go North Suburban Thunder

your North Metro Denver

Pop Warner Team!

Having grown up playing youth football and starting out in Florida with the Cypress Lake Hornets I remember how game days felt.  It’s great to relive that through my two sons.  There really is nothing like the sense of community as parents start to arrive with their players dressed to the nines for the games upcoming.

Pop Warner has been established for years nationwide and is getting a foothold in the Colorado region.  We’ve had exponential growth over the last couple of years. 70% of the NFL came from a Pop Warner program.  One big difference that differentiates itself from other programs is the age/weight matrix which allows kids to play against kids their own size and eliminates the need for patch or X players (those restricted to blocking only due to their size) and allows kids to learn and get a feel for all different position.  We also play on a 100 yard field and use high school rules so players do not have to ‘relearn’ later should they choose to continue to play in middle and high school.

If you are available on any given Saturday and want a wholesome way to spend a couple of  hours with the family. I would encourage you to come by and help our families and the cheerleaders cheer on the North Suburban Thunder.  We currently play our home games at Prairie View High School.  To all players beginning their season: “Play hard and have a fantastic (and safe) season!”.

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Ruston Park SignOn October 1st, 2010, City of Federal Heights officials, Metro North Chamber members, Adams County officials and students from Federal Heights Elementary School joined together for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the new additions made to Ruston Park in Federal Heights, Colorado. 

Ruston Park is named after a long time Federal Heights resident named Harry Ruston Park from a distanceRuston.  Mr. Ruston was a magistrate for the city and an avid aviation enthusiasist whoeventually built the first airport in the area.  The location where he built is currently located at the Flight Deck at 10105 Federal Blvd.  During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s the airport served as a training facility for pilots.  In 1962 Broomfield opened it’s city operated airport and forced Mr. Ruston’s runway out of business.  He sold his land to a few different parties including Pulte Homes.  Following this endeavor he then became a federal judge appointed by President Truman.  The land where Ruston Park is located was donated by Mr. Ruston. 

Ruston Park PlaygroundRuston Park is located at the 9800 block of Zuni Street.  The park features a gazebo, lots of open field space, a serious playground, an athletic trail with exercise stops and steep hills perfect for winter sledding.  There are also basketball courts and a horse shoe pit. 

Homes for Sale in Federal Heights under $100,000

Homes for Sale in Federal Heights between $100,001 and $200,000

Homes for Sale in Ferderal Heights over $200,001

See you at the sled hill!

Alan Strange, Keller Williams Realty – The Strange Team



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Buffalo Wild Wings has opened a new location in the Larkridge Shopping Center in Thornton, CO. Over 200 people waited outside the grand opening early one morning in September in hopes of being one of the first 100 people to receive a coupon book good for free wings for one year.

Here’s some info from their site:

 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar® is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains in the country, and our concept is more than just a NY-styled wing joint with 14 signature sauces.  We are also a sports bar, complete with a full menu featuring from salads to appetizers to burgers, and a variety of speciality items.  All served in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where people like to hang out with friends, play trivia on our Buzztime® Trivia system and watch their favorite games on one of our many big-screen TVs.  
Wild Wings has made it’s new home at Larkridge Shopping Center which is located at Highway 7 and Washington. The shopping center offers many other conveniences such as Costco, Sears, Petco, Home Depot and several restaurants such as Famous Dave’s BBQ, Gunther Toody’s and Village Inn.

Their address is:

Buffalo Wild Wings

16540 N. Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80023-8964
Phone: 303-524-3800

Store Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 11AM to 1AM
Fri-Sat: 11AM to 2AM
Sun: 11AM to 12AM

Several nearby neighborhoods in the area are:

North Range Village offers many different single family homes available from a couple different builders.  Centered around a Thornton Parks and Open Space designated park this neighborhood has lots to offer including the close proximity to every convenience imaginable.  Below is a link for all currently active homes for sale in North Range Village. 

North Range Village Homes for Sale

The Haven located in Thornton, Colorado at York and 144th Ave is a spacious neighborhood both in layout and in the homes available to own.  Centered on a community pool this neighborhood has tons of trails, parks and open space.  There are several models to choose from and Silver Creek Elementary School is located in this neighborhood.

The Haven Homes for Sale

Quail Valley located in Thornton, Colorado at the south-west corner of 144th and York has a great collection of homes from which to choose.  This neighborhood has lots of trails and is located just south of the Big Dry Creek Open Space designated by the city of Thornton as protected space.

Quail Valley Homes for Sale

Join Alan Strange and The Strange Team in welcoming another great business to the Thornton, Colorado landscape.  Alan and his team have been serving in the Denver Metro market for nearly 10 years.  For more information on market activity and to find out whether the market has stabilized in your area visit our website on the Colorado Real Estate Market.

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Pretty cool things are heading down the pike in Thornton, Colorado.  Recently the City Council has decided to move forward on projects at the Carpenter Recreation Center grounds allocating money to spent which has already been collected.  A few phases are already completed.  The most obvious completion is the two ponds that were filled recently.   Another recent development is the giant sled hill on the west side of the location.  All of the fill dirt taken from the site was placed here for what should be a great sledding experience this winter.  This year the plan is design and execution will follow the next year.  Some things we can expect to see is an amphitheater with lawn seating, basketball courts, volleyball courts, a carousel feature, a large secondary play ground (to compliment the already installed playground), additional parking, paddle boats and several other nice amenties.  Here’s a link to the master plan for POSAC in Thornton: HERE

For those residents on the north side of Thornton plans are in the works for you as well.  Trailwinds Park located at 136th Avenue and Holly Street has been approved for a skate park, a temporary dog park (to be made permament when the paving can reach the designated area in the future) and a large acquatic center.  This will be in addition to what is already completed which are some large multi-use fields and some structures. 

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To see everything available for sale in a particular area and to find out about detailed market statistics and other valuable information, such as: days on market, current sold to list prices and proximity to conveniences click here: Market Update

Alan Strange, and The Strange Team, has a comprehensive website focusing on Denver Real Estate.  Buyers can search all of the active Colorado MLS listings for homes Fast, Free and Easy.  Alan Strange has served on the commission for nearly two years.  In addition to community service Alan runs a real estate team for Keller Williams Realty.

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