Happy Sunday everyone! I know it’s been several days since I posted here, but it’s for good reason: I just got back from a semi-solo vacation to Colorado!
During my adventure, I split my time between Denver and Boulder and let me say this, Boulder definitely won me over. Denver was cool and had great food (and beer) but two of the big highlights from the trip came in Boulder.
On my first day in Boulder, I was initiated to the city by hiking the Royal Arch trail in Chatauqua Park. Yes, I’m not a big nature person and I’ve never been on an official hike but I thought, no big deal, it’s not like we’re climbing a small mountain.
WRONG. I thought I was in shape, and then I went on this hike. Altitude definitely affected me because for part of it because I was having trouble breathing and focusing on the trail. It was only three miles, but it was intense with steep inclines, high rocks to step on and even some mini-rock climbing.
In all honesty, I didn’t think I would make it to the top and almost turned around to go back.
But I didn’t, I kept with it and I made it!!:
You can see the visible exhaustion and joy on my face. Sure, I complained a little bit, but I did feel a real sense of accomplishment at this. I am woman, hear me roar!
The next day, I was a little sore, so I made my bonding time with nature more low-key by going on a drive with Doni through Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park (along with some wine/beer tasting along the way).
The views were beyond amazing. I mean, I just don’t even know how to describe it. Being from a flat-landed part of the country, it just truly took my breath away. Here are some photos:
I would absolutely go back to Colorado (and want to soon!) and next time I want to go white water rafting and hit up more of the breweries that cover Colorado. Seriously, the local beer I had was delicious. Great Divide Brewing is one of my new favorites.
How was everyone else’s weekend? Are you a big camper or outdoorsy person?
New movie review: Man candy and bullets in The Town (seriously, Ben Affleck cleaned up NICE)