We’ve all heard the predictions for 2017, rates will be X, employment will be Y, the sky will be blue, but also might fall depending on 18 different variables from armchair economists.  What should you believe and what should you do?  I had a crash course in 2017 preparation when the moose above charged me full speed with its head down.  What happened and how can we use these lessons for 2017.

I have a tradition of starting out each holiday with a nice trail run.  I’ve been doing this on every holiday for over 20 years.  2017 was no different.  I hit the trails around 630 AM with my trusty companion Buddy.  We embarked on a snow covered single path track heading into the wilderness outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado that I’ve run hundreds of times. There were no sounds other than the soft crunch of snow beneath each step.  The sun was just starting to peak up behind the mountains.

Since I was alone with my dog and it was early I was very alert of my surroundings, scanning for wildlife to ensure I didn’t have a close encounter.  As I rounded a corner I see a large moose about 15 feet below me on the trail.  Having encountered moose and a myriad of other wildlife on my adventures I knew what to do.   I was very cautious of this encounter since the rule of thumb when encountering most animals is you want to be below them so that they don’t feel threatened by you (moose also hate dogs since they view them as a predator like a wolf).  Unfortunately, there was no way to get downhill since there was a cliff and considerable snow.  He turned around to face me and check me out, gave me a head nod with his huge rack as he moseyed down the hill. He seemed like a pretty chilled out moose and wasn’t disturbed by my presence; I gave him plenty of room and headed on down the trail after he was out of sight.

This trail was an out and back so I continued about a mile and a half past the moose incident and turned around.  I was scanning the trail ahead to ensure I didn’t see him.  As I rounded a blind curve (there was a large boulder) I encountered the moose again.  The friendly chilled out moose I saw before (it was the same one the second round), suddenly emerged from behind a rock… See full article I wrote for the CO Biz Magazine.


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Written by Glen Weinberg, COO/ VP Fairview Commercial Lending.  Glen has been published as an expert in hard money lending, real estate valuation, financing, and various other real estate topics in the Colorado Real Estate Journal, the CO Biz Magazine, The Denver Post, The Scotsman mortgage broker guide, Mortgage Professional America and various other national publications.


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