Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen: Ellie Goulding! (and the rest of Colorado because c'mon, time to move on, Kelly)

This is the first view of Red Rocks on the day of the concert that we had! But first: the rest of that day...

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Especially when it includes giant proportions...I think I could seriously eat diner food all the time. It's probably a good thing I don't but I would love it.

It would seem that all we did that day was eat from the look of these photos. Just before the concert we found ourselves in the Little Bear restaurant, a place where many musicians have stopped in to play including Willie Nelson on more than one occasion. We were recommended this location by a relocated former local who is the mom of one of my closest friends from high school. The Larson family moved from Colorado to Canandaigua, New York and I will always be thankful that they did!

Back to the venue! We got there seriously early. We had run out of things to do locally without also running out of time for parking, walking up the massive number of stairs, so we headed there as soon as we knew the gates would open.  I took a photo from our seats once every twenty minutes or so as the sun set and we waited for the stars to come out while we sat on the red rocks. The video below is a result of those snap shots: 
The following day we headed into both Boulder and Denver with no real plan for either since I had a major lack of planning when it came to this trip. It's harder to find things to do that aren't expensive in the not-so-major cities I'm realizing. Or maybe it's just harder to find them? I failed if the latter is true at finding said inexpensive activities so we walked around a lot and took our time at each meal time. Below we find Chris in one of the great many breweries of Boulder:
Denver was surprising in the way that we didn't really like it at all. To be honest, we may not have given it much of a chance, spending less than four hours there, but four hours was plenty for us. The crowds there were a little tougher, the individuals we ran across were definitely not as friendly and the vibe generally not as relaxed and welcoming as Boulder. We left soon after we arrived but not before I snapped a picture of one of these awesome pianos lining the main shopping street. People were playing all the others and I felt creepy taking their picture. If memory serves, this was the only one unoccupied during our hour-long jaunt. I love how they're all decorated!

The two main reasons I picked Boulder for this (three months later) birthday trip for Chris was because 1. a Red Rocks concert was the last item I knew about on his bucket list and 2. I found this amazing airbnb for us to stay at. This one definitely hit the top ten of favorite lodgings we've had. This tree house was only one of the perks! There was also a hot tub we hung out in to watch the stars (in May!) and the little cottage itself was stocked with food for breakfast (not common in our experiences so far) and so warm and cozy with sky lights everywhere. What a place to come and relax at, if we lived within driving distance I would go back again and again so we could slowly do all the trails around the area.

Well that's all for Colorado, folks. I'm slowly getting us to more relevant times soon! The photos are edited, the words and the time just has to be there. Thanks for being patient!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunset over Boulder

Our last night in Colorado (our second night in all hah!) we realized that we didn't have to hike up a mountain to get to the top. We could drive! So we went off in search of a nice restaurant, leaving enough time to get to the top for a sunset view we couldn't get in the valley of Boulder. We somehow ended up in Chipotle for our fancy meal, (and by somehow I mean we saw it, wavered for .32 seconds and then I made an immediate U-turn to get back to it), but neither of us were complaining. I still can't get enough of it since being in the back home. On the drive up the mountain Chris captured a few shots of the scenery, look at all those trees!

This was breathtaking.

One last parting shot. Beauty. Living near mountains might be an amazing adventure someday.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

(Pumpkin) Bombs Away!

Just throwing this one in here to keep your interest... Pumpkin throwing a few weeks back!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazing little wings


What a great part of this man's day this must be.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

To the Mountains!

A lot of these photos are going to look similar and that's because no matter where we went on this particular hike, the mountains never seemed to get any closer or change in size. Though they remained ever elusive to us that day, I kept taking pictures of them, hoping to get closer around each bend of the trail. 

Isn't that tree amazing? Apparently there was some major flooding in the Boulder area in the last winter/spring and you can see some of the effects of that on the tree to the left. All the debris wrapped itself around the trunk, but attempts to take it down the stream with them were thwarted.

See the tiny human? It's Chris! 

After our hike we headed out to get a lunch up in the mountains. When we came over the rise in the road it took a second for our eyes to adjust but then we saw that the scene in front of us wasn't just a continuation of clouds to the blue horizon but white capped mountains! Loved this stretch of road. I wanted to just keep on driving along it.

Where we ended up was pretty grand itself. And this lovely truck awaited us across the road. We went to the Sundance Cafe and ended up with a great meal! We had pretty much great food wherever we went. Not organic, grass-fed, whatever-you-call it type food but good, American, diner-type food which I love.

Hot cocoa everywhere I go. 

I love this shot that Chris got through the car window. He's a budding photographer (much to his dismay since this shot came after me going "take the picture! take the picture! Now! Quick! Oh man. I think you missed it. Did you?" ...he may sometimes have a difficult time on vacations with me...

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Red Rocks! Welcome to the entire reason for our visit to Colorado. After our visit though, we'd come back for this place and much more and hopefully for longer. This was our first chance to head west in the US together, I believe, ever? Yes, ever. I loved it. It was just the sunshine we needed. 

Can you see Denver there in the background? What a beautiful view, I will never go to a better concert venue. IF there is one, please tell me, we'll hurry our way on out there! We took one trip to Denver within our time in Colorado and weren't as impressed with it as with Boulder but more on that later.

Behind the stage and stairs were multiple trails and though Chris and I really didn't plan to do any hiking that day, we found the shortest trail and took to it. We ended up hiking all day that day...whoops! But look how beautiful! I have a few friends who live in Colorado and I couldn't help but imagine Chris and I having these trails in our backyard. I don't honestly want to leave Rochester, we're definitely not moving any time soon, but how amazing to have sun ninety percent of the year and these trails to explore during those days??

More on Red Rocks and the concert we went to soon!

Monday, September 22, 2014

5k for Kalama!

I've been editing pictures lately (really, I have) to get ready for some very overdue posts but in the meantime something else has my attention and it is this: the 5k for Kalama that is being run on October 4, 2014 in Mendon Ponds, NY! Erin Hanlon is the organizer of this event that sponsors the Kalama Project. I've included a bit from their website next:

"In June, 2009 we began a mission project with Kalama, Kenya.  Kalama is the hometown of Father Dominic Munini who had been in residence at St. Mary’s in Canandaigua, NY for five years as he completed a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John Fisher College and a Masters at SUNY Brockport.
Father Dominic outlined three critical needs in his village:
  • Potable Water
  • Access to Education for High School and College Aged Youth
  • Access to Health Care
The money raised has made such a dramatic difference in the lives of over 1,200 residents of Kalama.  For the first time, the women and children no longer need to walk two miles each way to the river to hand-carry polluted water into their village which was not safe to drink or cook with."
The money raised from this 5k goes 100% to continue the support begun over 5 years ago.

“Water is life” - Father Dominic

If you're interested in joining us at this event, or even interested in volunteering on the day of (see Erin's email on the link), check out this page and register online here!

When you register you're guaranteed a fun time (obviously) but also, first come first served on the remaining t-shirts and then if you get top 3 in your age group you can look forward to the cinch bag on the right as a prize!

Wondering what the course looks like? Check it out:

To look at a more interactive map, click here and enjoy! It's got some hills but what's a workout if not challenging? In fact, as you're running (or walking) through the grass and hills you can take solace in the fact that there are a few dozen boys in Machakos, Kenya running a 5k with us in solidarity!

Hope to see a lot of you there!

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