It’s been two weeks since we moved into our new home in Denver. We’ve been taking advantage of the beautiful weather as much as we can and have already been on several more adventures.
Last Saturday we headed down to Colorado Springs for the afternoon and spent some time wandering around Garden of the Gods.
The terrain is pretty flat, but we had some incredible views out into the mountains.
Covering our eyes from the sun, or getting in an arm workout? Who knows.
On Sunday we went back up north to Boulder and hiked a 2.5 mile loop in Chautauqua Park, right along the Flatirons. We gained about 800 feet in elevation along the way.
Quick break for food and brews at Avery to recoop from the climb (I’ve got my hands on a 18% pumpkin beer right there)…
… and then ended the night with a beautiful sunset at Realization Point.
Being in a new city, with so many fantastic food options, has made it hard to get back into the routine of cooking for ourselves, even during the week. We’ve been living off a lot of frozen pizzas and dinners (hey, Trader Joe’s!).
We treated ourselves to a fancy cheese and wine plate one night after work:
And another day hit up a Mediterranean restaurant near home. The lamb and hummus were incredible!
Not too much more to share from the week–Aaron and I are both already working again after the move, so back into that 9-5 groove. ;)
So here we are back to the weekend! Friday night we met up with some new friends to check out some of the downtown bars. First stop was First Draft, a pour your own beer bar. Needless to say, we loved it! Lots of pumpkin on tap right now because of the time of year, but I’m excited to see what else comes through there in the future.
After an eventful (and late) Friday night, we decided to go for a relaxing, scenic drive into the mountains. A wrong turn had us ending up at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Not such a bad mistake to make!
I can’t wait to come to a concert or do Yoga on the Rocks here!
We wound down along Highway 285 and up to Breckenridge for our next stop. Picked up some of these freshly baked cookies:
After a short stroll through Breck (it was a little chillier up there than we anticipated, and we weren’t dressed quite warm enough to stay out very long), we kept driving north, up towards Keystone.
Caught this beautiful sight along the way. Pretty as a postcard (credit to Aaron for this one–most of them actually, ha). I seriously can’t believe I live so close to views like this!
This area got its first snow of the season this past week. It’s incredible that we could go from 50 degree weather to snow and back to warmth again in less than an hour.
Quick little pass over the Continental Divide. There were already snowboarders up here taking advantage of the fresh powder!
Sunday was a lazy day. I laid around reading for a good chunk of the morning, followed by a pancake breakfast. I ventured out to run some errands: the search for fall boots is on! Not a whole lot of luck so far, but I have decided my shopping days need to be limited to weekdays… i.e. when all the other people in Denver are not trying to shop. While overall I’m loving everything about this city (the variety of activities and food, especially), all the cars and crowds are going to take me a little longer to get used to.
After I got back from my mostly unsuccessful shopping trip, we walked over to a great street tacos joint we discovered when we visited Denver in July. Four dollar happy hour margaritas? Don’t mind if I do!
Our array of tacos: I had lamb (front right) and fish (front left), and Aaron ordered mahi mahi (back right) and cow’s tongue.
An order of churros and chocolate may also have made it’s way to our table, but sadly I didn’t manage to get a picture of those. Too delicious though. :)
Cheers to another beautiful week!