Wednesday Ramblings | 10 things I loved about Colorado
I recently posted “10 things” as a Wednesday Ramblings and loved the interaction that I experienced with you guys. So I decided that, instead of a regular old vacation roundup, I would share ten of my favorite things about our recent trip to Colorado.
We flew into Denver, rented a car, spent two nights in Denver, drove to Boulder, did some hiking, drove to Fort Collins, spent two nights there, and then drove around in the mountains for a long time before flying back home. It was an incredible five days with my husband. Here’s why:
10. Pool tables. I learned that Paul loves pool tables. We arrived home one week ago and we now own a pool table. That vacation ended up producing some residual costs. Please tell me I’m not the only one this has happened to.
9. The amazing blue skies. (See above.)
8. The oldest church in Denver: Trinity United Methodist. Paul and I were roaming around downtown Denver Sunday morning and we turned the corner and saw this gorgeous church. They had a service at 11 am, it was 10:40 am. I’m calling that a God moment. Paul and I haven’t had the opportunity to worship together, for a full service, in a very long time and this was one of the most treasured moments of our vacation.
7. Hiking. We spent Monday, Labor Day, in Boulder hiking at Chautauqua park. It was stunning. So full of life and energy. My body is nowhere near used to altitude, let alone exercise in altitude, but the majesty of being in the mountains takes all of that away. I sincerely wish we had some mountains here.
6. Amazing people. Eclectic is the word that comes to mind when I think about the people we encountered. Awesome people. Artists, like this man, in the middle of the 16th street mall in Denver, teaching a child to play piano. We watched this unfold as we ate dinner on a patio one night. I loved this scene.
5. Mountains (of course) simply took my breath away with their views, their majesty. The sunshine, the breeze.
4. Snooze. Not the button on your alarm, the restaurant. The cutest place with such character. I wanted to stick this coffee mug in my purse. And the breakfast that I had…I am in the process of recreating it so you’ll see my version of it soon. Simply amazing.
3. IPA onion rings. Oh yes. Yes, they were as big as doughnuts. Yes, we ate every last one. Yes, I am still working off the calories. Yes, they were 100% worth is.
2. Breweries. The state is full of them, Fort Collins particularly. I love craft beer, I love rich flavors and local brews and this is the place to get them. O’dell Brewing was definitely a favorite: try 90 Shilling and their IPA.
1. Fort Collins. I fell in love with Fort Collins. Their quaint downtown area. The sweet people. The hotel where we stayed. The shops, the restaurants, the breweries (see #4). Such a sweet town and I can’t wait to go back!
Where is your favorite vacation spot?