Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall in Colorado

Please forgive me for my absence! Life is crazy, but I am back in the saddle and hope to blog more often. I have missed blogging.

A few weeks ago, Nick and I took a (pretty much) spur of the moment trip to Colorado! Last year, when we went for Thanksgiving, I told him I would love to go back when the leaves change in the fall and it just so happened, this year was perfect for that! There was another reason for our trip though...his Grandpa called and wanted to give him his 4 Wheeler! He had a 1987 Kawasaki that was in really good shape (his Grandpa is a keeper, and keeps everything under like 10 tarps to protect them from the elements). A couple of years ago, when Nick was moving back home from California, he stopped to visit his grandparents and asked his grandpa about buying it, but he wasn't quite ready to give it up. Well, I think his mom put a bug in his ear that just maybe, if he was ready to let it go, that would give us an excuse to come out and see them and what do you know? It worked! He talked to him in September and 2 weeks later, we were on the road for a vacation!

We spent most of the day on Friday with his mom visiting Estes Park (one of my favorite places EVER) and Rocky Mountain National Park. We traveled up to "Rainbow Curve" in Rocky Mountain National Park which is almost 11,000 feet in elevation and is a great place to stop and take in the views. The road was already closed beyond Rainbow Curve due to snow! It was about 32 degrees and windy up there, but definitely beautiful!

These birds and chipmunks are so hungry, as there is not a lot of vegetation up there, so they will eat nuts right out of your hand. (Just a note, you are actually not supposed to feed the animals in the park, but come on, you can't let them starve!)

The views were stunning, you could see for miles!

Nick is not overly fond of heights, so sitting here to get his picture taken with me was not his favorite thing.

I was terrible, and didn't take too many pictures of the rest of our trip. We spent a lot of time with his family, relaxing (and eating, my goodness, I think I gained 10 pounds). Nick took his mountain bike and rode at Devil's Backbone two different afternoons, which he loved! I think if we lived in Colorado, I would be perfectly happy with a little tiny house because you want to be outside all the time! The air is so fresh and clean there, it is amazing. I won't waste your time with boring information, instead here is a photo dump of some of the other pictures I snapped!

Nick with his 4 wheeler, which has since become my 4 wheeler and he bought a bigger one. Now we ride together! :)

All in all, it was a fantastic vacation (the one hour massage I had one afternoon didn't hurt) and I can't wait until we can go back!