Land of Bear & Land of Eagle (Intro)
If you follow me on Instagram you've probably noticed I was in Colorado for a wedding. How do I put into words the sheer beauty that is this place I just came from? This is the second time I have been to Colorado and each time I keep finding more things to fall in love.
Everywhere you turned was just one more adventure to discover. The Possibilities were endless.
Colorado, aside from being absolutely breathtaking, is one of the cleanest and friendliest places I have ever traveled. There was a real feeling of comfort and home that filled the air. Colorado is one of those places that there is something amazing to see everywhere you turn. I felt completely at ease and super peaceful. The mountains were very humbling and made one appreciate the present moment.
From mountains to desert like landscapes every scene was a postcard, I took so many pictures.
I can totally see why so many people flock to live there every year. My boyfriend and I sure hope that can be us one day. I have always dreamed of living in a mountain type area. Riding horses through the trees. For four days I was able to live this dream, well not the horse part, but being in Colorado. I have hundreds of pictures of the rockies and skies alone! I was snapping away.
Day 1: Thursday
Every journey has its hurdles to climb in order to get to the reward. Airports, people, oh my!
We arrived at our gate with plenty of time to spare. I finally got to get my morning coffee and some food. I planned the day to arrive into Denver with time to get the rental and check in for a group tour we scheduled. (Party bus for the wedding group!) So you can imagine my dramatic drama when the airlines announced a delay in those plans.
Our flight was delayed because someone didn't show up for work.
I can not make this up. We actually had to delay our flight an hour because one of the flight attendants did a no call, no show on their shift. So we had to wait until they found someone to replace them. This already made the passengers a bit perturbed. Then we get the awesome surprise of open seating.
For someone battling flight anxiety, separating her from her boyfriend was not awesome.
As we started to board the plane we quickly realized the situation that was unfolding. I tried to stay as positive as possible but unfortunately my anxiety had other plans. I started to feel the attack circling in my stomach. I was taken back by the fact that no one would move to allow us to sit next to each other. So as I took my seat in the back of the plane I just tried to meditate the entire trip out.
Sometimes we just have to ignore the negative to make room for the positive.
The craziness didn't stop there, once we landed we faced yet another obstacle. Our rental car was 30min in the opposite direction of where we needed to be. We arrived at the rental place only to find our car had a recall on it. We had to wait an extra 45min to get approval to drive the car out.
I was crushed, but very soon after that everything turned around.
We finally got the car and headed towards the city. Luckily, the people at the tour company were so helpful. Not only did the organizer have the party bus leave 20min later, they also allowed us to meet them where they were. When we finally caught up with our friends hugs went round and catching up took over the bad parts of the day. Lesson learned for sure...always plan for the unexpected..
Every journey has its trials don't they? But what started out rough surely didn't last long.
Day 1: Thursday- Denver Tour
The sun was setting and I knew it was the start of an amazing journey.
To get to our campground, we drove about an hour out of Denver to a place called Estes Park. The sites and views along the way were breath taking. I was finally back to my excited self and could barely contain my joy as we pulled into the coolest campground possible, Valhalla Resort!
We unpacked, settled in and prepared for the next few days of adventure!
Day 2: Friday - Boulder
Being able to see the sunrise around the mountains, from our cabin...priceless.
Friday morning was beyond amazing. We met up at the main cabin for food, coffee and morning chats. As I sipped my morning cup on the porch I was filled with gratitude and peace. The mountains were magnificent and fierce, I was in my element of nature. I was completely immersed. After coffee headed into Boulder to see the sights and meet up with some friends. I couldn't wait.
Boulder is a town with so much to offer, food, shops, and something for everyone.
The part of Boulder that I really wanted to show my boyfriend was Pearl Street Mall. I was lucky enough to go the last time I was in CO and fell in love. It is such an idyllic area, postcard pretty. We had a lovely brunch catching up and laughing with friends. Followed by shopping, more laughing, and buying wickedly cool cat hats.
Our time in Boulder was short but unforgettable. I can't wait to return.
I stressed over perfection, but in the end things ended end up ok.
As we got to the rehearsal location, nothing could have prepared me for how awesome it was. The ceremony spot was on a hill overlooking the valley in Rocky Mountain National Park. It had the mountain peaks behind the couple and trees surrounding everywhere except this particular circle. OMG!
The best part of the whole rehearsal, was the fact that it was no more than 30min.
My friends are so awesome. I was honored they asked me to perform the ceremony. The couple getting married mean the world to me. It was amazing to see how happy they were preparing for the wedding. Walking around and giggling together. Super cute. Before we headed back my friend pulled me aside, thanked me and talked to me about being nervous. I love that about her, her ability to understand others and help them out.
Friday Ended with one of the most exciting things of the trip, a "ghost" tour of the Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Hotel is where Stephen King gained inspiration for the book, The Shinning. This place was absolutely stunning. There were three main buildings we got to go in to, the concert hall, basement and the main building. We saw the room where King stayed, (enter nerd girl squeal) and heard the story of how he came to using the hotel as his muse. The tour ended with a view of the underground tunnel system. This was for the staff back in the day, they had to use it to get around without disturbing the guests.
Miles of tunnels lined the property, by far a favorite things on the tour.
As the night closed in on of my favorite things to see was the stars. The sky just lit up with a million twinkling lights above us. I also was finally able to see a satellite! I have always wanted to see one shoot across the sky blinking hello. Seeing that after our awesome day just made everything seem super surreal.
Saturday & Sunday - The wedding, Denver & leaving a dream world
Pretty soon the time came to get ready to marry my friends!
Everyone was supportive and encouraging. By the time we got back, ready and headed out I was feeling more confident than before. I got the chance to see my friend in her dress before others which also made things super special. Her dress was super whimsical, flowing and sleeveless. The weather was sunny with a cool breeze, sunset creeping up behind the mountains was a nice touch to the day.
Standing in my cloak, looking like the Hobbit that I am. I was ready to marry my friends.
As we waited on the hill for the bride to arrive, the maid of honor and I decided to start our own mini dance party. Encouraging people to mention great memories with the couple. There was so much love and hear warming being shared. The ceremony was beautiful, my friends were so cute standing and looking into each others eyes. I couldn't have been more happy to marrying them. I got the front row seat to the wedding. The best part, I got to say, "You may now kiss the bride".
It was incredible marrying my friends and seeing them so happy.
The party didn't stop till the wee hours in the morning. No one wanted to leave!
Sunday morning was the roughest. Some of us had flights that day and had to say goodbye to everyone. No one wanted to leave. One by one we collected at the farewell breakfast. Sharing our trip and memories over coffee. There was a feeling of great connection amongst this group and we all made some awesome new friends. As well as catching up with our friends from over the years.
Hugging goodbye was hard, this was an incredible trip, we all knew it wasn't the last.
Our flight wasn't until the evening which gave us plenty of time to wander around Denver for a while. We tried anyway, Denver's temperature reached 102. I am not one to be hot for a very long time, and can be super grumpy. Also I was unfortunately not drinking enough water. While your out west, they recommend us east coasters to drink double the amount of water required. After about an hour walking around in the Colorado sun, our bodies were sizzling.
It was closing in on the end, as we buckled our seatbelts and the plane was in the air, reality settled.
Last week was incredibly tough, jet lagged and post vacation blues settling in, not to mention going straight back to the work week. Whew! This weekend was a much needed recouping session. I am excited to announce that we are planning to go back in July. The best part is we are making it a road trip,