Sunday, July 4, 2010

Colorado in the Summer

I spent two summers during graduate school in Aspen, Colorado. There truly is nothing like Colorado in the summer. The air is crisp and cool and the sky is just a different color blue. We recently got to travel to Breckenridge, CO with some of our good friends from Austin, Allison and Jordan. We hoped to have more couples join us, but it worked out that just the four of us got to go. Here are the highlights: Use it, and love it! 
-We rented a home from Home Away and got a STEAL!  The house was tucked up in the mountains about nine miles south of downtown Breckenridge. It had windows everywhere and the most beautiful views.

Pajama Party
-I think one of the best parts of our trip was just laying around in our PJ's and being lazy. I didn't wear any makeup or blow dry my hair for the entire five days. It was amazing. The first day there, we spent the entire morning drinking coffee and putting a 1000-piece puzzle together.Allison and I loved being at home while the guys played golf. We made peach cobbler, cut up the fruit we had gotten at the farmer's market and read our books. Oh, and let's be honest, we caught up on all the trashy gossip about Jake and Vienna (from The Bachelor) thanks to the investigative journalism done by In Touch and People.

The reflection in the puzzle made it super hard...but we did it!

Hats Off to Colorado
-If you ever go to Breck, make sure to stop by the hat store. I honestly can't even remember the name of it, but it provided about an hour of pure entertainment for everyone. We didn't buy anything and I was praying the whole time that we didn't get lice, but here are some of our favorites:

Melted Snow is Cold
-One of the highlights of our trip was whitewater rafting. We went on the Arkansas river on a route called The Numbers. There were 10 rapids all ranging from three to five in difficulty. Since the water is literally melted snow, we got wetsuits and splash jackets. The guide said it was probably about 35-40 degrees. This made Allison feel even better about her first rafting trip! Needless to say, this trip was AWESOME! Our guide decided that we looked young and athletic so he decided to take every rapid head on. We got to one rapid and he asked us if we wanted to do it or go around. We were like, "duh...bring it on!" About 20 seconds later, I flew out. Luckily, I listened to our safety lesson and I was back in the raft in a matter of minutes. Everyone kept asking me if I was okay since I was under water for so long. I had no idea...I thought the little dip was quite refreshing and made the trip more fun! (Thank the Lord I am alive!)

Sexy rafting outfits.

Church on a Mountain
-The only thing I cared about going into our trip was hiking.There is something so spiritual about being on a mountain surrounded by God's creation. I definitely had a few moments of humility, and I was overwhelmed by how much God loves me even though I am so small in the big picture. We found an awesome hike that had everything you could want in a hike: forest, steep/rocky climbs, meadows, waterfalls and a lake at the top. The hike was a 7-mile round trip hike to Mohawk Lake. It was ranked intermediate, but we all decided that it might have been a bit harder. We are all pretty athletic and there were times when it sounded like we had emphysema. But, all that heavy breathing was TOTALLY worth it!

There was one point where it was so steep, we had to use this cable to climb up.

Dude Time
-While Allison and I chilled at home the guys got to play golf. Apparently, golf balls fly farther in Colorado since the air is so thin. Jeremy and Jordan were in Heaven with the mountains surrounding them and their muscles feeling bigger than normal. :) They also enjoyed an evening on the balcony with cigars and dude talk. Allison and I decided they are spoiled, but we are okay with that!

Hook 'Em and Get Your Guns Up!

We are so lucky to be able to travel as much as we do. I suppose that's why we are waiting a little longer to have kiddos. We are also SO blessed to have friends like Allison and Jordan. They are amazing travel buddies since they are so laid back like Jeremy and myself. Plus, we just love spending time with them! We decided while we were in CO that we need to make that a yearly trip. Even after we have kids, it will be fun to all head up to the mountains. I can't wait!!

More Pics

We went to Gianpietro's Pizza and ordered the deep dish. It came in one size...HUGE!!

Allison said it looked like I was floating the clouds.

Thoughtful Jeremy.

Strong Allison!

Strong Allison and Molly!

Our amazing house!!


The Houses

It looks like you guys had a ton of fun!! We're sorry we missed out! Those are some great pictures, too! This trip would be perfect with kiddos (minus the long hike and crazy river rafting). Count us in in the future!! :)


WOW!!! You guys looked like you had an amazing time! That looks like our kind of place...hiking, rafting, relaxing and HUGE PIZZA!! Loved the pictures! I'm so glad you had such a great time, and so jealous we missed it! Can we invite ourselves next year?!! :)