My fantastic and ridiculous blog posts to pass the time  

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         In today's world where it's common to text, chat, email and use the various electronic devices without ever getting to know someone and meeting them face to face,  I wanted to create a blog with a bit of a personal touch on the World wide web. On this page I'm not interested in selling your house or convincing you I'm the Estes Park real estate agent for you... this is the FUN section...

         I want to use this space to share uncommon ideas and experiences, the stuff that not everyone is aware of. We all have knowledge to share, even if it's sharing how we learned from a mistake we made.  It could be a kernel of gold about your professional career and how people can save some money,  or to help people save time so they can see family and friends more often. Anything, Anything helpful.

         I am going to be visiting this spot regularly and I hope you find it helpful, in fact I hope many people find something helpful on here...after all, these are my kernels of gold.

Jim REALTOR Estes Park - Front Range Jim

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        If this is your first time on my blog, you should know a bit about me. I really like helping people.. and I'm not just saying that. There is actually some logic to it also. When you give a present to someone you really care about and they genuinely appreciate it, the giver gets a rush of endorphins in their brain! (at least this is what the internet tells me, so I choose to believe it.) This then makes you want to do more nice things... and so on.

 

The point of me rambling on here is that I like to share fun ideas (as this page indicates above), but some of them I have put on different pages since I thought they were more real estate related and didn't belong here on my blog. There's a page about passive solar homes that I find very interesting and hopefully you enjoy as well. Another has to do with saving money on heating costs in your home, but using a different method call air sealing. I think they are both interesting, but also a bit too real estate oriented to belong here.

 

Anyway, I just thought I'd mention them here in case you were interested, but I didn't want to put the articles here.

So if you hate those topics, read on. If you want to know more, click these blue links above. Happy trails.

Jim Idler REALTOR

 

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      Recently, I had an experience with..  my beloved Toyota 4Runner SUV that traumatized me and made me proud at the same time. It proved to me that the power of the internet along with a dash of stubborn determination can go a long way.rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

           To give you some background story, this truck has taken me to Alaska and back, towed a horse cross-country THREE times, and is basically a part of the family. (I hope its obvious to you that I'm quite attached to her).  Now I can readily admit that I am no mechanic... I'd say I'm barely average handy with cars. I can change oil, wipers, a battery and a flat. After that, I'm calling folks to take a look.

            About 4 months ago, the dreaded "check engine" light came on. As you can imagine, the first thought in my head was, "great, this will probably cost me at least $400 ...." or who knows how much. I was fumbling around on my laptop later that day and decided to do a bit of online detective work. One thing I read a few times was.. "check your gas cap, if it doesn't seem to have a good seal, that might be your culprit." REALLY?!? That seems to good to be true... yet I must have ran into that one maybe 15 times, so I thought, why not take a risk in life? You know, Check it out (I enjoy puns more than I'd like to admit).  Sure enough, it seemed excessively loose..almost like the rubber gasket was not getting a tight seal. I ran to the store (well okay, I drove), bought a new cap for about $12 and popped it on. I read it was wise to reset the Toyota computer by unhooking the battery for 30 minutes, and reconnecting, so I did just that.

Now I know I expected this to be a complete waste of time, but I am telling you, the light went off and stayed that way! Score one for me!

And now, I'd like to pass it on to you... 

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Happy driving, and stay safe! 

Jim REALTOR Range Realty Estes Park Real Estate

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        I have to admit that I never have really thought of myself as a someone that can say I could qualify to be a  handyman, but that does often change when you buy your own home. In today's world, you either learn how to do some of the smaller things yourself, or you pay a professional to do it for you.  The internet has made that much easier with videos on Youtube, which then makes improvements easier on the wallet. I wanted to take a minute to touch on a few improvements I've taken on recently and how satisfied I was with the final product. 

        One of my first endeavors was to add insulation to the attic of my home. Before I could really do that, I had to air seal the attic roof to prevent wasted heated air here in Estes Park! It was annoying , itchy, and cramped, but I survived and probably removed about 65% of the air leakage. Next up, was to decide on what to use for adding insulation. I had blown in insulation already up there, but it was only to about the R30 level. That is pretty decent for the average temperature in the good old USA, but up here in the mountains, it is on the lower end of what I'd consider effective. I wanted the insulation to be at least R50, so I needed to add more insulation. I chose to go with more loose fill insulation, a product called green fiber. Its extremely flame resistant, and installing is an easy do-it-yourself overall.

        I ordered the 35 bags of green fiber, rented a blowing machine, and started preparing. It was tedious, but my best discovery was to tape a stick to the end of the flexible hose that comes with the insulation blower machine. This was amazingly helpful because I could move around less while pointing the hose wherever I thought I needed more rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtorinsulation! My favorite part was using it to get into tight spots without crawling around in every nook and cranny.

        The bottom line with this project was, it took a while to prepare, but the project wasn't anywhere near as bad as I was fearing,  the final stage went fast, and now I can feel the difference in the warmth and quiet in the house, victory! 

 

 

 

 

      My next project was more involved and definitely had me wondering if I would mess things up, putting in vinyl click-lock flooring.  This was definitely above the typical DIY level of difficulty. That being said, it did end up well and I was very satisfied, but I also want to say that most folks will usually hire a professional. If you are feeling brave and have time, energy and a few important tools, I say go for it! 

      If I had to pick one thing that would be crucial to have IF you are doing more than 200 square feet of floor, I'd say you want a power tool of some sort to cut the vinyl. The thicker the vinyl, the harder it is to use a box cutter to score a few times before the vinyl snaps. I had a table saw that made intricate cutting incredibly easier, because you can always take more off, but once you go too far, the piece may end up in the trash, and they are a bit pricey. It was time consuming, and knee pads of some sort are also essential (since I didn't have any and forgot to order some, I ended up using a fleece that I just moved around as I needed), but the feeling of accomplishment was also very rewarding. rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

       I suggest you watch many videos on the subject before doing any purchasing, decide for yourself if it is something you feel like tackling on a do-it-yourself basis, or if a professional is better for your situation. 

 

Best of luck!!

Jim

 

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           Nature's Amazing experience, SCUBA DIVING! rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

         I've always enjoyed the underwater world. Fish were interesting to me from early on as with most kids, and I imagine that is not exactly new information. We people love to swim in pools, at the beach and lakes, not exactly an earth shattering statement either, I agree. I know many people that also snorkel when they get the chance and it is a really fun time.  However, as a person that has done all of these, I can say that none of it compares to actually being underwater and face to face with the ocean world.  Some find it scary to trust the equipment for breathing, but we also trust cars to keep us safe going 75MPH to work every day (when the traffic allows, HA!)

          To me, being underwater when I'm diving is very cathartic, or therapeutic. There is very little sound aside from hearing yourself breathe the oxygen in the tank strapped to your back. Inhale......exhale........inhale .....exhale - which is actually quite calming.

          The other part of diving that many might not be aware of, is that it is actually not difficult or exerting at all. Once you are in the water, you basically float along down there. Its almost completely effortless - even with all of that gear you have on, you just kick a little bit and you're on the move. I'd say its no more strenuous than walking on a sidewalk. Surprised? rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

           Now here is another cool piece to the equation. When you are down there in the ocean, you are in a different world. These are critters that can live in water, breathing down there without the oxygen tank. So in a way, its almost like you are in space (cheesy, I know, but just consider what I'm saying here ...lol)... watching these interesting species around you in a three dimensional world. below you, above and next to you. When you dive, you are more mobile too! I can swim up and down...gravity is not a limiting factor here, because you adjust your buoyancy using little weights and an inflated vest. Its a small window into floating in the world around you, and I think it's the coolest thing ever.  I've been diving in different locations over the last 15 years, and while some of it is similar, each place has its own interesting parts! Cozumel is drift diving, so the current carries you along to a degree, and the boat just floats along up top at a similar pace! Some dives are very shallow, so the reefs are teeming with smaller marine life, crabs, lobsters, young fish using the coral as a kindergarten of sorts. There's night diving where you use flashlights and see the different critters come out that hide during the day. It is a fascinating world.

         I guess I like to share fun experiences with folks, after all ... maybe they will love it like I do. Maybe you have been diving and really enjoyed a spot, well tell me! I'd love to hear any and all adventures, after all, life is too short to put off fun.

 

Happy diving!!

 

Jim REALTOR Estes Park Real Estate

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We all love a feel good nature story and in my humble opinion, this one delivers. Last night my friend and I were walking around lake Estes enjoying a summer evening stroll. As we are starting to head back to the beloved 4runner, we spot what almost looks like a large bug on the ground. 

     We took a closer look and realized it was a baby hummingbird, struggling and not able to fly just yet. We think he left the nest and couldn't quite get airborne.  After consulting a friend who has a friend with hummingbird rescue experience, we took him in for the night in hopes he'd recover.

     Hummingbirds have an interesting thing they do when they sleep called Torpor, where they go into a mini-hibernation that dramatically lowers their caloric needs. Very quickly, he went into torpor and we set him up for a quiet night.  To make a long story short, we kept him warm overnight to wake up to hear him chirping for an hour, fed him sugar water twice, and re-released him the next morning where we found him, looking much better and hopefully ready to flap his tiny wings back to health. It was quite a rewarding experience, and we even have a few fun photos to share from it.

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Guess who is bought a home in Carriage Hills, Estes Park...

 

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In what has been a whirlwind adventure, we have bought a home, moved in, relocated a family member while flying, driving, packing and dog walking an inherited pet. It was not for the faint of heart and I'm sure I added a grey hair or 2, but we actually got it all done with minimal damage to our sanity. We knew we liked different sections of Carriage Hills, so we started looking at the homes for sale and picked out the layout that met our real estate needs. I have an article on here that gives you some information about our new neighborhood. To read more, just click here.

 

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          The Most Important Meal Of The Day....

 

             I have a confession, I love breakfast. I. Love. Breakfast.

     There, now you know....  the most important thing there is to know about Jim Idler, REALTOR extraordinaire. You can ask my friends, family, and they will all roll their eyes and tell you how it's a weird obsession I have. I'm not really sure how it started, but it's taken on a life of it's own. Could it be the whole morning caffeine thing, that first delicious sip to jolt me awake? It could be associated with the people watching that I always find interesting. The boost of energy the first meal provides to give me energy for the real estate tasks that lie ahead in the day? These are the types of questions I enjoy pondering over the first cup of whichever caffeinated beverage I chose for any specific day.rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

       Well, I've been on a roll lately. I keep rolling out of bed and popping in to a local spot here called "Claire's on the Park", and when I find a good place, I like to tell people.  It's a great place with mountain views, really fantastic coffee (which I think makes or breaks a good breakfast restaurant), and a bunch of creative dishes that you won't get at every upscale breakfast joint. My favorite dish so far has to be the Estes Park Benedict.  Its an eggs benedict with artichoke, asparagus, tomato, and avocado. Sounds healthy, right?!?! Well, that may be true, but I don't care. Its absolutely delicious! That along with great coffee should be enough for you to get over to Claire's and enjoy a great meal while basking in the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. You're welcome. If you want to thank me, invite me.

Jim Idler REALTOR Range Realty Estes Park Real Estate

 

 

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JUST LISTED!! (now under contract )          $394,900.00 

1600 Wapiti Circle #24 Estes Park, Colorado.                     rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor                

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Beautiful turnkey home here in Estes Park, Colorado.

1600 sq ft. 3bed, 2 bath 2 car attached garage.

Bright and cheerful with skylights and

gorgeous decorative tiling throughout. For more information and pictures of my listing and others in Estes Park, just click here to go to www.HousesForSale.com

Call Jim Idler REALTOR (970) 480-1121

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I have to say, I have No green thumb whatsoever when it comes to indoor plants. At one point I had a corn plant that just did really well and I happened to get lucky with it. I've also since tried replacing that one 4 times after having to give him away, but I've had with no success, so hopefully that gets my point across.  I'm terrible with plants. 

         After I recently bought a home in Carriage Hills in Estes Park, it was obvious that the yard needed trees in a big way. It looked like a wild grass field with almost no trees right where the view was the best! I knew it was going to take time to bring it up to speed, but I had to start somewhere! 

         The first step was 5 quaking aspen trees that got planted in a drainage alongside the house and property line with a neighbor. They love water and grow fast, so hopefully they do well. The issue I had was that up here, Elk love eating young aspen. This meant fencing in the aspen, that I now refer to as "The Witnesses". I know, you're thinking ....so what no biggie. Ahhhh but it was a bigger project because there was so much rock right where I wanted them! Every time I tried putting in a post I would get about a foot down and then ....ding, ding...it would hit rock and go no deeper....grrrrr.Carriage Hills Estes Park, Aspen Trees, blue spruce Estes Park, Pine estes park,

          Eventually, I got the darn posts in but one aspen has been a victim to the elk since I couldn't get the fence in at the right places.  I've now redone the fencing and posts, got a bit of sunburn and I'm now hoping for the best. Either way, it was tedious and more labor intensive than I expected, but if the witnesses grow as I am hoping, I'll get quite a bit of privacy on that side of the house while adding some fun trees to the property.

         I know what you're thinking now too, why didn't you just plant some evergreens that the Elk won't eat?? I did actually plant 1 blue spruce, 1 white pine and 1 limber pine.  

 

 Grow, my green children.... and enjoy the views!

 

 

 

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Exercise keeps you HEALTHY..

     I wanted to tell you about the last 10 days of my life. No, not ALL of it, but one aspect in particular that can sometimes be laborious, repetitive and just downright unpleasant. Of course my topic title tips you off, but I have to say it... exercise!

     We all often get wrapped up in the day-to-day stuff in life, which sometimes takes up more of the day than we care to admit. What is the first item or two that gets missed when the day gets busy? sleep and exercise. Well, sleep is on you, but exercise I might be able to help with...

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      In the last 10 days, I've hiked over 20 miles. not bad, right?! With all of the Rocky Mountains beauty surrounding me, going for a quick hike after real estate stuff is painless and gorgeous.  I drive 5 minutes to a quick 2 mile loop, or a stroll around the lake or a 15 minute drive into RMNP and off for a early evening hike with sunset views, exercise is easy. Yesterday I went with friends and hiked around for 5 miles, and the sounds and smells distracted me from realizing that I was exercising. So, how does this help you? I'd say the one thing I noticed was how convenient hiking can be if it is nearby, and how nature makes it feel like a joy rather than a chore. And that is my 2 pennies of knowledge...

 

Jim Idler REALTOR Estes Park Real Estate

 

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  Are you curious what your home is worth today?? Homes in the Estes Park   rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtorarea are not staying on the market long, they are getting sold quickly because inventory is low. If you are interested in a Free Market Analysis, just call Jim Idler (970) 480-1121 - No obligation whatsoever.

 

 

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        I wanted to write a mini-article about the difficulties regarding Estes Park Rentals. I must get 10 to 20 inquiries a week from visitors asking if we have any homes for rent here in Estes Park, but unfortunately finding a rental is few and far between. rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

        Allow me to explain this a bit more. Part of the problem is the popularity of Estes Park, with Rocky Mountain National Park at its doorstep, that drums up quite a bit of interest for living in Estes Park. Now, add to it the employee housing issue and the short term vacation rental demand for visitors, and the prospect of finding a long term rental in town is next to impossible.

         Do folks ever find a place to rent in Estes Park, yes they do. Is it usually what you are hoping for, or near the area you wanted to live? - not likely. It is often less than ideal to say the least and as unexpected as it sounds, many people are buying property instead. Buying has become the best alternative for some folks that want to live in Estes Park, along with a great investment in the long run.

- Jim Idler REALTOR - Range Realty - Estes Park Real Estate, Colorado

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I have been doing a bit of custom designing lately, and I think it came out okay! I am always open to opinions (especially if I get a bunch, so feel free to chime in and let me know what you would change).

     This is my first attempt, so I know it isn't quite amazing yet...

CHEERS!rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor

Jim Idler REALTOR - Range Realty Estes Park Real Estate

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While this may be a brief post, I'm okay with that. I thought I would pop on for a minute and introduce you to Red. He was caught red handed, looking completely guilty even though we are not sure what he was doing back there. I'm not sure what you think, but this one made me happy... and glad to have met this Marmot, he is priceless.

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  OPEN HOUSE!     March 12th      $765,000                      

  Address: 2341 Hondius Way, Estes Park, CO    

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Come to our Open House on March 12th in beautiful Estes Park!
11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
A bright and cheerful home on 5 acres (horse Property) with views of the continental divide. Granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and cathedral ceiling. Come one, come all! - Front Range Jim
 
Jim Idler REALTOR Range Realty Estes Park
 
Call: 970 480-1121
 
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Obligate carnivores, and how much we love them!
 
About 5 years ago we inherited... our cat Jack London (named after the famous author) from a family member. I knew we had to do everything we could to take good care of him since he is so important to my fiance's mom. The little bugger is also friendlier than a golden retriever.
I looked into what diseases end up taking our feline friends too soon. What I discovered was that Urinary tract infections, along with diabetes are two of the most common causes of cat fatalities. I also knew that in the wild, cats are obligate carnivores, so meat is their natural food. That made me look a bit more into what ingredients are in most cat food. rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor
Like us humans, sugar is a big no-no because it causes diabetes, but all complex carbohydrates break down to simple sugar so things like excessive, wheat, rice, and other carbs are a bad idea-for us AND our pets. After poking around online a bit more, I read from multiple reputable sources that dry food is also a problem since cats need the moisture from the food they eat - which is why so many get urinary tract infections! In the wild, cats will go straight for the organ meats because they are nutrient dense and full of moisture. Okay, good to know!
Today, we feed Jack a combination of various organ meat including chicken liver. Its actually not much work since we freeze the meat in small portions using an ice cube tray, maybe once a month. We also spend a bit more and purchase grain free canned food, but almost every time we talk to mom, she asks how Jack is doing. We can always reply that he's one of the healthiest cats in Estes Park. He is 10 years old and going strong.
And yes, for the record, that is a photo of the Mayor of Estes Park, Colorado - or at least the Mayor in my house.. enjoy!
- Jim Idler REALTOR - Range Realty - Estes Park, Colorado
 

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 rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor      Snowshoeing, and other outdoor winter activities where you might be cold and not having as much fun because of it..

    (Yes, the title is a bit rambling, but I'm kind of enjoying it.)

 

       I may be a bit out of touch, but that only means that if I'm out of touch, then there are others just as out of touch as me! Well, here are my 2 cents on snowshoeing after doing some experimenting here in the Rockies.

       YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE COLD.. I repeat... you can snowshoe for hours and not be cold at all. How is this possible, you may be asking?? Layers. Layers and layers...but maybe not the way you are thinking. I'm not asking you to dress like the michelin man, that's just unappealing for everyone! I'm talking about clothes that aren't constricting. Activity layers that are thin and meant for hiking, like Synthetic base layers. Another obvious one is a  nice warm hat - or maybe even a hood that will keep your head, ears  AND neck warm. I also really like shirts with 1/4 zippers, and jackets with "pit zips" ( google it, they are fantastic) because they let me unzip without removing layers- which helps me cool off if I get too hot. I also like thin under layer gloves in case my big gloves are just too warm and I want to let some heat out. Imagine that, being too warm.. it's a terrific problem to have when it's 20 degrees and you've been hiking for 3 hours through the beautiful snow covered trees.

       I also have an amazing tip  for folks that get cold feet. Two words - ready? NEOPRENE SOCKS. No, I'm not kidding at all, I'm being completely serious. Your feet will probably be sweaty when you get home and take the socks off, but while you're out and about, they will remain toasty, snug as a bug in a rug. I don't know about you, but that is a fantastic trade off in my book. Then once you're home just jump in for a quick shower and voila! - you're  ready to relax and watch the game or sip some wine by the fire. No more sweaty feet! I mean, you were probably going to shower anyway - I hope. You throw the neoprene socks in the wash, (I suggest not drying them, just in case) ..and the next day they are ready for more!! You can buy neoprene socks online or at a scuba diving store - and they come in a variety of thicknesses depending on how warm you want those toes to get.

Was this news to you? Were you sitting there reading this and thinking, "dude, I've been doing all of this for YEARS...." If so, feel free to write me and tell me my first blog was boring and uninformative - I can take it. Was it an interesting tip you never knew? Well let me know too!! It makes me feel like I'm helping when I share small tips in life to get more people outdoors, especially around Estes Park!

And with that, I wish you happy snowshoeing.. and warm feet.

P.S. I found myself wondering about uncommon helpful things that you fine folks might know ... well, feel free to send me those too, and maybe I'll write about it here..

- Jim Idler REALTOR - Range Realty - Estes Park, Colorado    

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    In an attempt to be more social, I've made a page on Google+ ... and its actually been kind of fun and easy. They have done a good job of making it seamless to post photos to different websites and the layout is visually pleasing and intuitive. Check out my page, click here and let me know what you think...

End of announcement.

 

 

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Okay, if you've made it this far, you deserve to know something I don't tell everyone, so consider this a bonus for the people that actually enjoy my blog, pictures and odd sense of humor. rocky mountain real estate,Estes Park real estate,HOMES FOR SALE ESTES PARK,ESTES PARK real estate agent,houses for sale Estes Park,Estes Park Realtor    

         This picture is of Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Now Of course I know I'm not the first, second or last to take one. However, I took this at about 8pm on a
Friday night, and it is not an overly difficult trek to get there, maybe 1 1/2 miles. We started around 7pm...and we ran into about 8 people the entire time. That is a record for RMNP, especially at this trail. What I'm saying is that hiking at odd times ( with a flashlight of some sort) can be VERY peaceful AND beautiful - even on the busy trails.  You are welcome, no need to thank me...

 

Cheers! 

Jim Idler REALTOR Estes Park Real Estate  - Front Range Jim                                                

Call:  (970) 480-1121                              

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