Road Trip Days 11-13: Colorful Colorado

We have been in Colorful Colorado for three fabulous days. We are exhausted, sun-burned, American-full of delicious food, and have been sitting in our hotel room for about 6 hours now. Very unlike us, but we were starting to bicker and get super cranky, so we decided to come back and relax.

We started Colorado by hanging out with Heidi and her husband Alan. Heidi is an old friend of mine, and she actually took our engagement pictures back in 2005. We had a great time eating delicious sushi and playing a few card games. See how happy I am to see my friend:

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The first two days here in Colorful Colorado were spent in Rocky Mountain National Park next to Estes Park. The grandest adjectives you can think of, we will ascribe them to this part of the country: grand, magnificent, majestic, awe-inspiring, breath-taking, beautiful. We hiked a 6-mile trail right off the bat. And to be honest, we thought it was only going to be a mile up and a mile down. It was 3 up and 3 down. Apparently we can’t read a map. It was completely worth it, though, so we weren’t too worried about it. We drove up Trail Ridge Road, including an unpaved part called Old Falls Road that is one-way and is closed in the winter due to the fact that when you are traveling up it you feel as though you are going to fall off the face of the planet.

Below are my favorite photos. None of them do the Rockies justice, but it gives you a taste of our time here.

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Our day in Denver was fun, but our days in Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park were better. We tried bcycle Denver, a bike share program, but it was kind of stressful. You have to return the bikes every 30 minutes. You can re-check them out as many times as you want, but you have to check in and check out every 30 minutes. And the bcycle stations weren’t as close to each other as we thought they were. Despite the fact that we looked at a map before we started. That map reading thing again…

We were so tired tonight that my dad thought I was high and/or drunk when I talked to him on the phone. I assure you, we were not, but my tired self was slurring my words bad enough I guess. Hence the 6 hours of hotel chillaxin’.

Tomorrow we head out, and even though we’re bummed and would love another day here, we are so thankful for the experience. We have been thanking God here, there, and everywhere for this gift.

Thanks for reading! Happy Sunday!

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