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June 1, 2011

When Christie first decided she was going to come visit me in Colorado she told me she wanted three things – hiking, rafting and Colorado beer (she’d never seen mountains before!). About a week before her arrival I went into my quite stellar, but seldom used, super planning mode. Things fell into place nicely and we had one grand Colorado themed weekend!

Upon her arrival we had dinner at a fabulous Irish Pub where we shared some delicious appetizers and drank Fat Tire on draft (not available in Florida people!)

The next morning we had breakfast at a little spot in Manitou Springs called Adam’s Mountain Cafe. They serve the most delicious breakfasts and have this signature orange tea that is way good. After breakfast we had planned on hiking the first few miles of the trail that takes you to the top of Pike’s Peak…. Somehow – mostly Christie’s doing – we decided to hike what’s referred to as “the incline” instead.

If you look at the top you can see the tiny trail disappear — that is what we like to refer to as a “false summit.” Not the top folks. The incline takes you from 6,600 ft to 8,600 ft. in a little les than a mile (and tries to make your heart explode while doing so). The steepest part of the “hike” before the false summit is 68% grade.

We survived! And hiked down a longer, more gentle trail to return to the bottom.

Then we headed to Denver were we spent a lovely evening with Stu, Paula and friends before getting up early Saturday morning to have breakfast at Snooze — local Denver hotspot. (Are you noticing all this good food?) Top 5 most fun/interesting breakfast spots I’ve ever been too. I enjoyed a Red Velvet Pancake!

Our next stop of the day was Estes Park to rent some snow shoes for our hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Paula — Colorado guide and knower of all things adventurey — led the charge. We would’t have gotten to experience this awesomeness without her.

I was prepared for some snow, sure…. What I was not prepared for was this!

It was SO much fun. I’m a new fan of snowshoeing. It was windy and snowing so hard that we had to turn around once we got up pretty far!

After some serious snowshoeing we headed back down to Denver. More good food was eaten although we were so exhausted that we couldn’t muster up the strength to do anything more exciting than eat.

On Sunday we headed south to Canon City where we did a half day rafting trip on the Arkansas River (And Paula – Super Coloradian that she is decided to join us!) Talk about one extreme to the other!

Yeah we wore wetsuits… Thankfully so — the water was ccoooolllllddd!

We ended the weekend with a quick stop at a tiny winery on our way back to the Springs.

I mean… I know that I’m new to the area and all… but I’d say that’s one heck of a Colorado weekend if I do say so myself! :)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily Phillips permalink
    June 2, 2011 9:26 am

    I am almost positive that Manitou Springs is where Bobby and I almost decided to go for our 1-year anniversary. There were a few adorable B&B’s, and I still think that’s on our (my?) list of “must-go” places. (You know, so I can live out my ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ fantasies near Pike’s Peak, and all.) So beautiful! Thanks for sharing, friend!

  2. June 2, 2011 10:21 am

    My name is Paula and I approve of this Colorado weekend. You ladies went big!

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