The Mountains

WHEW – This year has certainly started off in full force, and while I’m loving it – I’m feeling it too. So this Saturday was the perfect time to make an escape up to the mountains with friends. 

Apparently everyone else in Colorado was thinking the same thing, because it took us twice as long as it normally does to get there and by the time we made it, the mountains were packed. Like, no free parking available-packed.

So we did what any logical local would do and holed up in a bar to have a few drinks and watch some college basketball. After we celebrated a KU win in Breckenridge, we headed back to Keystone to make a few runs. 

Luckily the crowds had cleared out, so we were able to stay for a couple of hours. 


And experience this magnificent day on top of a mountain. 


Which is often just what I need to clear my head, put it all back in perspective and silently reveal in the beauty and vastness of this life.

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#StyleMeOctober Day 22: So My City

I live in a college town of 150k, so you can probably imagine some of the interesting fashion I see on the streets of my city. Some good, some bad, some…essential. Like these Sorels. 
Last year I roamed the snow packed canvas of Fort Collins in Uggs, Hunters and embarrassingly, heels. None of those worked but eventually my native Colorado friends informed me about these babies. 
While I don’t own a pair quite yet, these are the ones I plan to order!

The Poudre

A couple of weeks ago we drove up and explored The Poudre for the first time. What we discovered on this cloudy little Sunday, did not disappoint. Here is my amateur attempt at capturing it in photos:
The drive up the canyon.
I was able to catch this little explorer in action.
Mountain cabin.
My love.
Tubers – A to do on next summer’s list!
One SA-WEET, little camper.
Imagine waking up to this.
Rafters.
Our road trippers.
After spending several hours walking & driving around – there was just so much to explore – we even found a great little bar with an outdoor music venue that we hope to be able to check out soon.
Anyone up for a camping trip?

Weekend Wrap Up

Last weekend was one of those that just went by too fast.

We spent Saturday morning stand up paddle boarding on Horsetooth lake, something that we had tried before in Hawaii. It was gorgeous, super peaceful and fun, but I must admit that I preferred SUP in the ocean. It’s much more of a challenge, you’re able to go at a seemingly faster pace and it is a LEGIT full body work out – OUCH! I was a little disappointed that only my upper back was sore on Sunday from SUPing on the lake.

Still, it was a wonderful morning. We even got Natty out on a board…until Cory tried to stand up and she jumped ship.

We’re on…

And we’re off…

Saturday afternoon met our friends, Rachel & George at their campsite for some grilling before we headed out on George’s boat. We hadn’t been out on the lake all summer and we really missed it! There is nothing quite like the breeze you feel when you’re on a boat out on the water.

Sunday we drove to the Highlands in Denver and met Griffin and his sister, Chelsea for a long, mimosa filled brunch at this awesome restaurant called Root Down. The food and drinks were yummy, the atmosphere had a certain buzz about it and the company could not be beat, of course.

Griffin and I met while working together as tellers at a credit union in 2006, and the rest is history. I was so happy he and his sis (a fellow Coloradoan) were able to squeeze in brunch with us while Griffin was in town.

Overall, a wonderful and full weekend…but next weekend, I think I’ll be taking it easy. : )

End of Summer

If you would have told me four months ago that I would be saying this I would have called you crazy, but I’m really looking forward to fall. It’s always been one of my favorite seasons as a Kansas girl, but as a Coloradoan I had been looking forward to the warmth of summer since right around January 1st. So it’s just a little crazy to me that I’m ready for the end of the season. 
Don’t get me wrong, summer in Colorado has been wonderful, and I want to make sure I soak up every last drop of it before I regret lusting for the changing of the leaves. We’ve had such a fun season so far, filled with: bike rides, pool time, BBQs, patios, travel, visitors, breweries, and so much more. But, true to my nature, I’ve conjured up a list of all of the rest of the things that I want to get in before Labor Day. 
End of Summer To Do List:
Stand Up Paddle Board at Horsetooth
Go Camping
Drive In Movie Theater
Read under the shade of a tree at the CSU garden
Go on more picnics
Walk or Bike to CB Pott’s, less than a mile from our place
Boat Horsetooth
What is left on YOUR list for this summer? Carpe Diem!

Red Rocks

While I’m a fan of The Postal Service, and they put on a great show this week, the reason this post isn’t titled “The Postal Service” is because Red Rocks came to play and Red Rocks won. No matter what the concert, I challenge you to find a better venue.

My first experience with Red Rocks was back in 2007. Cory took me to a Killer’s concert there and I fell in love. Since then, I have been telling everyone I know that they must see a concert there. “Put it on your bucket list,” I urge.

Last night did not disappoint. The one thing I remember about my experience there in 2007 was how ill prepared we were. Walking through the parking lot we passed loads of people tailgating and with no food or alcohol on us, we totally missed out. This time we came prepared.

As we left Fort Collins to head down to the concert on Thursday (about an hour & 15 minute drive), I felt very happy & peaceful. I had my whole family with me (pups too), we were meeting up with our friends, there was beer & sushi packed in our cooler, the sun was shining – life was good.

Tailgating was awesome – even though Winston decided to make a sprint for the hills at one point. Ha. The walk to the venue wasn’t as long as I remembered, but the stairs up to the stadium were MUCH steeper (or could it be that it was different climbing them with a 21 year old body?). The crowd was a good one, beer & cocktails were flowing and the opening act, the Ra Ra Rights were awesome.

We couldn’t have asked for a better night.