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!

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