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

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Hiking the Fowler Trail

Here in Colorado, we’ve been having a very warm fall! Lots of sunny days in the 70s and 80s. It’s not necessarily atypical, but it’s not exactly typical either…we usually do have some colder weather and snow by Halloween. Anyway, I’ve been trying to take advantage of these sunny days and get outside and enjoy this beautiful state.

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Recently my mom and I decided to take on one of our favorite hikes, the Fowler Trail, which is in Eldorado Springs near Boulder. The weather was perfect, and because it was a weekday the trail wasn’t too crowded. We hiked up to the hotel ruins and back down, as well as along the river, and we ended up hiking a little over 7 miles before noon! The Fowler Trail is really a great hike, with lots of options for beginners and more intermediate/advanced hikers. Plus, there are some fun overlooks where you can spot some very brave climbers scaling the face of the rock!

 

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We have this “secret” parking place, too, because if you drive into Eldorado Springs you have to pay to park near the river (which is a great place to picnic, and it IS good to support our local parks). But we like to park for free (:

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I sure do love when I get the chance to get outdoors and take a hike. It feels like this special, rare thing. I think we all tend to get so busy and wrapped up in everything that it gets hard to make fun stuff like hiking a priority. And it stinks! This year I’m making a hiking goal for myself, I want to do at least one hike per month. That doesn’t sound impossible, right? I hope you’re enjoying the fall season, wherever in the world you are, and that you’re able to get out and enjoy nature with friends & family.

xo

Visiting a Hops Farm

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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

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Weekend Getaway: Vail, CO

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When I graduated with my Masters degree in June, my sweet parents gave me an unexpected and amazing gift: a long weekend trip to Vail, CO and tickets to the opening night of the Vail International Dance Festival. I have always wanted to go to the festival, and I’m so happy I was able to see the performance this year. My mom found us a great little condo on Airbnb (an awesome service that I’d highly recommend if you’re traveling…so much better than staying in a hotel) within a mile of the little downtown area, and my parents and I really enjoyed exploring Vail. Here are some pictures of the trip and a little recap of what we did on our little getaway:

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What we did:

  1. Hiked at this little hidden trail near Copper Mountain up to a gorgeous mountain lake, I didn’t get any photos because I was too busy trying not to cry hiking 6 miles with shin splints *sigh, dance injuries*.
  2. Fished and got skunked at the ponds off the highway by Copper Mountain.
  3. Biked through Lionshead Village and Vail Village, and through one of the ritzy neighborhoods to explore.
  4. Found the Rimini Gelato shop and splurged 3 days in a row (so. much. sorbet!). They had the best sorbet I’ve ever had, which is amazing for a dairy-free girl like myself.
  5. Admired the performers of the Vail International Dance Festival on the lawn at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater.
  6. Walked through the Betty Ford garden. Very dreamy.
  7. Spent the day just walking through Lionshead and Vail Village, listening to live music, people-watching…so good.

Anyway, this trip was so refreshing and fun. Vail is definitely a great vacation spot for people of all ages and activity levels (your trip can be really active/adventurous/leisurely, there’s so many different ways to go). It is a pretty expensive town, but we managed to save on costs by renting an affordable condo outside of the downtown area and cooking at home rather than eating out. Bring your bikes and walking shoes and you can have unlimited free entertainment!

xo

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Road Trip

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, you guys. Happy 2016!

It’s been pretty busy around here with lots of exploring and driving and eating and driving (road trips, am I right?). My brother and dad helped me drive the 30-35 hour trip from Colorado to Florida last week, and yes, we hit all of those crazy storms along the way. It was a lot of fun, and I’m so thankful they were able to come along for the ride.

I want to share some photos from our trip in my little corner of the internet today:

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New Mexico looked gorgeous from the backseat…adding it to my travel to-do list!

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At a gas station in Dalhart, TX

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A neato statue in Houston, TX as we drove past

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This bridge in Baton Rouge, LA made me go all heart-eyed emoji

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This is a major photo fail…a combination of sitting in the backseat + being super scared because of the scariest storms we were driving through. Maybe my resolution should be to learn how to take better photos! lol

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Alabama looked like a pretty cool place, except we were driving through tornado warnings the whole time. Not good.

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We stopped in Panama City Beach, FL for an afternoon on the way down. It was a beautiful beach!

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PoFolks chicken + dumplings and cornbread. Amazing. Callaway, FL.

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The Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park was a great way to spend an afternoon. Lots of amazing animals in very natural cages (the hippo was just in his eating area, don’t worry, he has a nice big pond and looked very happy). Fun for adults and kids!

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My brother is the best (:

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I love the beach!

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That sunset though…paradise.

xo.

Currently I’m…August

I can’t believe summer is winding down, it always just flies by! I’ve noticed that the air is starting to feel like fall in the mornings, and leaves are already starting to fall here in CO (what the heck?). While I’m excited for fall, saying ‘goodbye’ to summer is always hard for me. I especially miss the long days, where the sun comes up before 6 and doesn’t set until 9. *sigh*

Anyway, here’s what I’m currently doing this month.

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Hope you have a great end of the week!

xo.

Fishing Trip

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I love fishing; it’s one tradition in my family that I’m so glad I “grew into.” My parents and I headed up into the high country this weekend to get some quality time with our fishing poles and enjoy some fresh mountain air. We went to a couple of different lakes ponds, ending up at our favorite little lesser-known spot for a good part of the day. As soon as my line hit the water, I had a fish! We had amazing luck, we caught (and released) 18 fish between the three of us. It was such a fun day!

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These mountains just take my breath away. I’ve lived here for 18 years and I’m still totally head over heels.

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One of the bigger fish I caught. Don’t worry, we released him right after this photo was taken!

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Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

xo.