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Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!

Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Well, FitBit badges do make the occasional tedium of exercise more fun. If you live in or around Castle Rock, and you hike the Rock, you, too, might end up with a “75 flights of stairs” badge. (And yes, they misspelled Yippee. And no, they’ve not offered me anything for these last few posts. I just really like the gadget :->).


Awash in vivid autumn colors: hiking in lovely Sedalia, Colorado

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!

Percy Bysshe Shelley

A walk in the woods of Sedalia, Colorado

A walk in the woods of Sedalia, Colorado

Enjoy this tribute to this beautiful autumn season in Colorado. This Rocky Mountain season is entirely too short, but while fall is here, it is glorious.  it’s a riot of colors, each more vivid than the last. The air is as crisp as the apples we use for the cider we sip at night. The days are made for hiking, and we tromp through the leaves, careless of the noise,unless we happen upon a mob of deer or a rafter of turkeys. As heedless as we are, until they see us, that is, they’re just trying to get their last good meals in before winter blankets the greenery and feeding becomes more scarce.

We sit by our evening fire, the flames a welcome novelty after the self-made heat of the recent summer. The winter snow is both a receding memory and something to anticipate anew. Snowshoeing will be fun this year.


Love the hair stylists at Salon on 4th in Castle Rock

hair cut, hair styling, extensions, hair color, hair salon

The Salon on 4th in Castle Rock - my favorite hair salon

Finding a hair stylist and a salon atmosphere I like can be difficult. Do I want trendy and pricey, or economical and efficient? Wait for an appointment or walk in? I’ve been to them all, from SuperCuts and Fantastic Sam’s to Jazzed the Salon in Mobile, Alabama to Yuki’s Diffusion in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. (Yuki is Apolo Ohno’s dad, and he does fabulous work, by the way, and it a wonderful guy as well.)  I get my hair cut and styled at Jazzed whenever I am in Mobile (where I grew up) for an extended period of time, and I highly recommend it. But my favorite salon is the Salon on 4th in Castle Rock.

At the Salon on 4th, I always get a great haircut.  Always.  The color products they use – base and highlights – leave my hair healthy and shiny. The color works with my complexion, and always looks natural.

They offer specials all the time, so I can save on their services or try new things. I’ve tried their Feather Lock extensions for Mardi Gras, and they were fun, different and stayed secure in my hair for a month of styling. As part of every cut, they give you a deep conditioning treatment, and my hair looks and feels so good afterward.

The best thing about the salon, though, is that the stylists have great personalities.  Donna bought the place about a year ago, and she and the staff have since created a warm, supportive, and laughter-filled environment. It’s a fun and relaxing place to be. You can tell when you visit that they genuinely want to help each client look their best and feel good.

I once brought some outfits to the salon I was trying to choose between for a night out. The other clients and the stylists helped me figure out which outfit to wear – and then Donna, the owner, styled my hair to suit the outfit. I am not a girly girl, and I never enjoyed the gossipy atmosphere at some salons. The Salon on 4th is different. It’s about camaraderie, not gossip. The music is current yet makes you feel good, not like you’re in a club. They offer waxing as well, and I’ve had my eyebrows done (and dyed). They offer manicures and — soon, as of this writing in April, 2011 — pedicures as well.

So, if you’re in the Castle Rock area, and you’re looking for a great place to get your hair cut, highlighted, texturized or manage any other part of your beauty regimen, check out the Salon on 4th.