Halloween Weekend

Happy Halloween, everyone! I am so excited to dress up tonight and hand out candy to all the sweet little kiddos in my neighborhood tonight. This Halloween weekend was very quiet for me–since I don’t have many local friends I didn’t have any parties or reasons to dress up–but I’m still thrilled to put on my costume tonight because I LOVE HALLOWEEN. And I’m being a skunk, so…!

This Colorado weather can just continue straight through the winter, if it likes. I mean, I do like skiing and watching the snow fall while I sip (read: chug) coffee. But these sunny 70 degree days give me major heart-eyed emoji. My quiet Halloween weekend involved taking a nice hike in Centennial Cone park, carving pumpkins, a night at the theatre, and visiting the Rocky Mountain arsenal for a little wildlife drive.

I carved my little Owl-oween pumpkin Friday night and I am seriously proud of it.

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The Mayhem Gulch trail was seriously beautiful. I was in a grouchy, don’t-poke-the-bear mood on Saturday (I’ve been going through some difficulties with job-hunting and anxiety lately) but this helped perk me up. Thanks, nature, for throwing me a bone when I needed it most!

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My mom and I went to the student dance concert at my old stomping grounds (The Arvada Center) on Saturday night and we were blown away by those amazing dancers. The company is so truly talented, and watching them perform made my heart so full! As soon as the lights went down I had this unexpected emotional moment of remembering how much I loved being on that same stage. All the feels! Without sounding too cheesy or ranting for too long, I’m just so thankful to have this little dance community. I’m inspired by all of these talented, creative, passionate people surrounding me, and I know that dance will always be my “home.” And here’s a snapchat before the show, because, you know, proof that I clean up ok (:

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The Rocky Mountain arsenal is a pretty cool place. The wildlife drive is really pretty, and there are lots of little trails you can stop and walk a little ways (which is SO nice in the winter). You never know what you’ll see out there. But no guarantees, because the animals are wild so they roam wherever they feel like.It’s funny because honestly so much of Colorado is plains, and looks like this, but I always think people don’t see the beauty in it. And I guess it’s easy to look past the plains to the mountains, because, duh, the mountains here are incredible! But the plains are special and beautiful in their own way, too.

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Not the best picture but that city skyline against those mountains!

In the visitor’s center, I went into the little discovery room (totally meant for elementary school kids) and dissected an owl pellet because yup, I’m that person. I’m obsessed with owls, and it’s really neat to find all the teeny little rodent bones intact inside the pellet. I know, it’s a little weird. But in a cool way, right? The bison herd was crossing the road just before we drove up, and it was really special to see them up close. They’re such beautiful animals, and I think you can really appreciate how big they are when you see them so close!

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Happy Halloween!

xo

Visiting a Hops Farm

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*

This week, my mom and I were lucky enough to spend an evening at a hops farm in Windsor, CO. I’m not a beer drinker, but learning about the plants and how they are grown and harvested was absolutely fascinating. And so beautiful, you guys! Something about those hanging vines blowing in the wind was eerily beautiful and special. I took about a million photos (when you see how beautiful it all is, you’ll understand why), so this post has a lot of pictures. Sorry not sorry.

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G5 Hop Fields in Windsor, CO is the wonderful brainchild of Jeremy and Tammy Gourd and their family. Their hops are nestled on 5 acres (currently, though they’re looking to expand soon!) on David Stromberger’s farm, which has been in his family since 1943. The hop fields is not only fulfilling a community need (with all of the local breweries and home-brewers needing a way to get fresh hops), but it is protecting a beautiful farm from being developed and destroyed. G5 Hop Fields is in its second year, and currently grows 5 varieties of hops for NoCO (Northern Colorado). The farm is not certified organic, but the Gourds are growing their hops as organically as possible.

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a close-up of some cones

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The structure is incredible: a series of beams that are delicately counterbalanced, with wires going across the tops, with vertical ropes to hang the hop vines. The ropes are 20 ft. tall, and I learned that hops can grow 8-12 inches a day, making them one of the fastest growing plants!

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That mountain view, though. Major heart-eye emoji!

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Sunset at the fields

The farm also has these horses, which to be honest I probably could’ve hung out with for an hour or two. I’m kind of afraid of horses, but I think they’re so beautiful and it’s really special being near them. They were so sweet! G5 Hop Fields via Imperfect Chevron

I really enjoyed my time at G5 Hop Fields, and I loved learning about their crops and their growing processes. It’s just so interesting learning about farming and agriculture, and this company is definitely one of the good ones. If you’re interested in learning more about G5 Hop Fields, head over to their Facebook page and support a local business!

xo

*This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own*