October 3, 2019
I spent all last week culling through all of the scenic and iPhone photos that I wanted to share on the blog this week and whoa, it was quite a task! I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos on travel. I eventually decided to split the blog post into two parts, covering the two main portions of the trip. Today I’ll be sharing mostly portions of Colorado!
So for those that don’t know, Joey and I spent a week out West recently. We’ve been meaning to go out to Denver for the last couple of years (his sister lives there, and we haven’t visited until now because we suck) but other trips have always overshadowed. After seeing these beautiful landscapes for the first time, we see what we’ve been missing all of these years!! I am extremely excited to have brought these views home to share with you all.
On two hours of sleep, we left for Denver with two of our friends right at sunrise and arrived in Denver around 8am, just in time for a visit to the delicious Snooze eatery. Not only was this restaurant all mid-century themed (my current obsession) but I was also able to get gluten free eggs benedict, which is a serious treat. We spent the day walking around Denver before retreating to the cabin — the sweet little Hygge Chalet, an Airbnb in the mountains owned and operated buy Joey’s sister, Julieanne. Personally, I think all A-frame cabins are cute. But the Hygge Chalet takes cute to a whole new level. Inspired by Scandanavian decor and tradition (it even has a sauna!!) it’s bright teal really contrasts against the wooded mountains. We stayed in the cabin for three days, drinking pumpkin beer at night and site seeing during the day. Pretty much the perfect start to September.
Red Rocks Amphitheater, Boulder, the Flat Irons, Guanella Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park and old mining towns were among the many stops we made. Julieanne was awesome enough to drive us around her home state and if there’s one thing I really like to do when traveling, it’s hanging out with locals. She was able to take us to overlooks that were a little less known for some breathtaking views — my favorite being an overlook in Boulder, which you’ll see below! One of my favorite spots was in the middle of Estes Park. Most people know I’m a junkie for some literary sites, so of course the old Stanley Hotel was on the list of must sees when we made up our itinerary. For those that are not familiar, the Stanley Hotel is the hotel that Stephen King based The Shining on. And boy, it really does live up to it’s creepy expectation. Even the view from the water coming into Estes, you can feel the weird energy of the place. The only time it rained the whole time on our trip, it was sprinkling as we entered Estes Park. We pulled over to get a nice, spooky picture of the hotel from the road. Naturally, we went into the hotel, fangirled, and had a cocktail. My favorite view, however, was definitely Guanella Pass. You’ll see those pictures below as the mountains with yellow foliage all around. In my opinion, this beat out RMNP. We also went mining during our time in Colorado, in an old mine from the 1800s. I am one for collecting stones and crystals from traveling around, so this time I came home with a whole lot of pyrite.
I wanted to include both professional photos and iPhone ones, as I normally do in travel posts. Mainly because I feel like it adds a much more personal element to documenting the trip, and to me that’s important. I want you all to view me as not only a photographer but a person. Not every picture is perfect or thought out because that’s normal life. So I hope these images draw you in magnetically to the Rocky Mountains as you look through them.
Check back next time for part two of our trip, which covers our road trip into New Mexico! Anyone interested in an Airbnb near Denver, I’ve linked the Hygge Chalet to this blog post.