Sanitas getting closer to goal! 10.5%

March 30, 2017

Gutted it out up the Sanitas steep west ridge segment on strava. Sort of not fun but also really cool. Heck of a gorgeous day took no snacks and

 no water. Set a personal record.  10.5%, getting closer to breaking the 10% goal! Really excited for it.  I just need to move up 8 spots.  I’m a bit conflicted because it’s not a meandering hike but all good, fun to get the heart rate up for 30 minutes straight and be outdoors.  I take my time on the descents. Gorgeous day and I’m pretty proud of myself. 🙂 

Did a bit of the MMM and Tim ferriss stoic ism, pretending I was blind for a while and then was so happy I’m actually not! 


Dawn Patrol Hike at ncar

March 28, 2017

Did a 630am hike with a buddy from church who works for Cru. Good times, watched the sun rise. 

Pretty stunning. We made about 5 miles at a solid clip.  Did ncar to the Mesa trail then north towards  hat aqua and added in a steep extra loop up to woods quarry where much of the stone for the CU campus was quarried.  Strava showed us top 8% for one section and top 3% for another rarely traveled section. My goal is to get into the top 10% for the ascent of Mt Sanitas, last go a week ago was top 12% so I’m getting there. Actually that was done two days before this hike. Then after we went to a men’s breakfast at church (cornerstone in South boulder) which was super cool too. 

And saw some deer near the end close to the ncar buildings. 

Sun rising with moon still up

February 21, 2017

Not the most amazing shot but a cool moment out on the dock in the Intra Coastal Waterway in Jupiter Florida,  early morning watching the sunrise with my early riser 2.5 year old.  Sliver of a moon is in the upper right, sun coming up on the left.  Was a gorgeous day with a heck of a great start. 

Sanibel causeway Islands beaches

February 14, 2017

Super cool beaches on the Sanibel causeway Islands. 

Flagstaff House 6th anniversary dinner

December 20, 2016

Amazing meal and date to the Flagstaff House in Boulder. It’s

 up on Flagstaff mountain and we were seated looking straight out a window down onto the mountains as well as Boulder proper.  Such an stunning setting.  All sorts of fun free treats and amuse bouches throughout the meal including 5 little bonus desserts for our anniversary. 

Free valet and all around cool vibe. Financed by my wonderful grandparents in-law. 

Good morning from NCAR

December 20, 2016

Leaving my house this morning the sky was such a pretty light blue and all the clouds were pink.  I knew I had to drive the 4 minutes up to NCAR and check it out.  I was nicely rewarded. 

Above is a panorama shot as the flatirons were gorgeous too. 

And below from visiting our old 91 year old neighbors Sunday in their neighborhood. 

I sometimes feel sorry for people who don’t live in Colorado,  thought hit me a few days ago.  Silly I know but probably means I’m in the right place for me. 

Old dad’s are the happiest dads

December 19, 2016

I had my kids starting at 42 and have been really joy filled since without much downside if any in my well being,  it’s all been huge upside. Seems it is proven to make you happier having kids as an old dad,  plus I have higher education:

“Parents who are highly educated or have their first children between the ages of 35 and 49 show the strongest gains in happiness around the birth of their children.

For these parents, happiness gained when they became parents was sustained over the long-term.”

And again “The fact that among older and better-educated parents, well-being increases with childbearing” 

Got those from here.  Dr.  Rachel Margolis did the study. 

Nice to see as I’ve been sort of amazed at how good the whole marriage/family thing has been for me.  Considering so many people complain about it.  I think some other factors are that I work for myself and make my hours and make a decent living,  have a really easy going wife who I find very attractive as evidenced by our 4th kid on the way,  our just moving to Colorado,  my wonderful parents and parents in law who are all happily married, lots of good lifelong friends, living my dream of moving to Colorado and doing lots and lots of work on self improvement and learning to focus my brain on the good and how to best think for a pleasant life.  And exercise and healthy eating and avoiding gluten has made a big difference in my well being.  And the book the big leap where he makes the case that it is OK for everything to go great all the time. And regular church attendance and a belief in God. 

Life is amazing. 🙂