Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gondoliers and Aspens

Colorado brings back fond memories. An old college roommate of mine moved there a few years after school and was kind enough to let me (and countless others, I'm sure) visit and take advantage of the amazing skiing, beautiful scenery, and great climate.

My old roommate doesn't live here any longer, but an good friend of Kathryn's does, and so we were able to accept her gracious hospitality and services as tour guide for a couple of beautiful days in the Centennial State.

We hit a fun Italian cultural festival in Lakewood the first day, and enjoyed a little wine tasting, tasty sicilian pizza, a gondolier, and some traditional Italian flag-throwers. We drove down to Colorado Springs where we stayed for the night, and got up the next day to venture out to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Rockies are staggering, and we were there just as the Aspens were starting to turn, giving a hint of the incredible beauty they'll provide in a few weeks . A drive up to Forest Canyon Overlook provided some snow to contrast with the tropical weather I've been in for the last couple of weeks, and whet my appetite for ski season. We were treated to amazing vistas, elk sightings, and cool cloud formations on the drive up, and we stopped on the way down to take a couple-hour hike up to Dream Lake.

A tent, bag and an overnighter under the stars would have been perfect:). Alas, no camping was in the agenda, but the trip was amazing all the same.

Denver would definitely be on my short list of places to live. Great climate, active culture, some of the most impressive mountains in your backyard... how can you go wrong?

I'll catch you guys again after Arches... gotta catch a sunset at Delicate Arch:).



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