This trip to Colorado was important for a few reasons. It was a “work free” road trip with my guy, and it was full of awesome friends tucked away in a cabin up in the Rocky Mountains. First, I love Airbnb. If you haven’t tried it, you should. After a 13 hour drive, we rolled into Denver and stayed at a cute little garden apartment near local handmade pizza and delicious coffee. The next morning we woke up to icy sidewalks, but the sun was shining brightly. We literally slid our way to Novo Coffee for two vanilla lattes with extra shots and then head out to meet up with all of our homies.
We drove a short distance from Denver as the snow capped covered mountains creeped closer and closer. A steep curvy climb up the side of a mountain led us to the most charming cabin that was to be our home for the next 4 days.
The trip was full of laughs, games, exploring, hiking, good food and booze. One of my favorite spots in the small mining town was Westbound and Down Brewing Company. Our group spent an afternoon playing Wii and drinking their different beers brewed on site. The atmosphere was a creatively designed trendy place in the middle of a nostalgic downtown strip. The food was presented with color, imagination and bold flavor. The beer was cold, delicious and plentiful. Our waitress was extradionarily kind and helpful and even bought us a round of beers. An absolute must see in this rustic little town.
Idaho Springs itself is tucked away in the side of an old mining mountain. It feels like you are in a little hole that has been there for a very long time. It hits the spot for window shopping and gathering souveniors. A quick drive off the main street shows you a raw character of the town that is bursting with history in a blue collar atmosphere.
The next day we hiked to the bottom of St. Mary’s Glacier. This is the point I have to tell you that I did not enjoy the hiking. I actually whined about it quite a bit. However, I knew the view and photographs would be worth the agony of physical exercise in cold wind and snow, and of course, it was.
This trip would not have been complete without my hilarious huggable fun natured best friends. Together, with Lonnie’s wood burning stove intuitions, my boyfriend’s skills in the kitchen, Dan’s ability to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere, Thorne’s never ending energy, Lindsay’s quick hand at Classic Nintendo Mario, Dakota’s smart thinking on the Bailey’s and coffee, an excuse to celebrate LaMar’s 31st birthday and my undeniable talent at bankrupting everyone at Monopoly… we made this a 2017 winter one we won’t forget.
Colorado February 2017
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