Happy hello from 600 feet above sea level!
Yes folks, I have sadly returned from the ever-so-wonderful mountainous Denver and am now starting to take in mass amounts of oxygen again. Departing from Colorado was more troublesome than single handedly climbing up a mountain with a 50 pound backpack on. (I didn’t do it but I DO know leaving was more difficult than that. End of discussion.) Although my wonderful trip has ended, I would love to share with you some of the awesome things I did in this very short, long weekend.
I arrived in Denver at a ripe hour of 6:45 in the morning, hit the most outrageous traffic, and safely landed at Regis University to reunite with Peter at about 8:30. After napping and replenishing my body with McDonalds, my St. Norbert friends and I then took a trip to the Red Rocks Amphitheater for a quick hike. We were able to hike through the stands as well as on the surrounding trails. Afterwards, I headed back to Regis then to the Denver Highlands with Pete. I quickly fell in love with this quaint town. One thing I love about the entire state of Colorado is the amount of dogs that are everywhere. People here love bringing their dogs out to eat and to walk around with them. We then headed back and hung out with some pals from the college.
We woke up and took a nice stroll through the University. It reminded me a lot of SNorbs because of how small it is but I must say it definitely trumps what I walk through everyday. Not only is there a fantastic mountain view in the horizon, but the college is an arboretum. There were mass amounts of beautiful trees everywhere. I immediately fell in love. After the walk, Pete and I decided to bird to downtown. If you don’t know what is bird is, do not fret as I also had no idea what it was until I arrived. A bird is an electric scooter than you can rent and unlocked from an app. You can then ride it around and it will charge you based on the amount of time you use it. The funny thing about this was that we were only able to rent ONE bird for the TWO of us. Yes, ladies and gentleman, you could have driven down Federal Ave* and seen the two of us cruising down the street on a bird. It took about 30 minutes to get to downtown Denver on a bird. Not too shabby.
Once downtown, we got to ‘splorin’! We hit a place called the Wilderness Exchange where they sell discounted outdoor gear. They have brands like Patagonia, the North Face, Kühl, and many more. We then meandered down to the 16th street mall. This is a stretch of street where only buses are allowed to drive. 16th street is lined with lots of fun restaurants and shops. We ended up checking out the Denver Art Museum before hitting the shops. This was one of the coolest museums I have ever been to. After a long day of walking around, we headed back to hang out at Regis.
We woke up early and headed to Boulder for the day with some SNorbs friends. We checked out Chataqua park and hiked up some flatiron mountains. This hike was absolutely amazing. Most of it was hiking up rocks that have formed into natural stairs. (Killer for those glutes!) Once at the top, the views were unlike anything I had ever seen. You could see the entire Boulder campus and what seemed like the whole state of Colorado. The weather was cold and cloudy but that didn’t impact the views. Afterwards, we caught a burger and meandered around a small market that was happening. They had a ton of art and homemade jewelry and other artifacts. After walking around for a bit, Pete and I were dropped back off at Regis.
For dinner, we headed back down to the Denver Highlands and ate at a wing restaurant called Fire on the Mountain. These wings absolutely smacked. They were delicious! We then headed back to the college and went out with some friends for the night.
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY:
Sundays are for the Packers, and that’s exactly how our morning was spent. We woke up just in time to watch Green Bay tragically get dominated by the Detroit Lions. In attempt to give Pete some time to be productive, I headed out and met with my Snorbs friends. The four of us headed back to Downtown Denver to kill some time before dropping Evan off at the airport. After he had left, I was dropped back off by Pete. We hung out and watched “the Graduate.” Partway through the movie, his roommates came home with their brand new roommate: a cat named Lola. Needless to say, the rest of the night was spent getting Lola acclimated with everyone around her and her new home.
Sheesh, where did the time go? We woke up and spent a fair amount of time with Lola. (Of course) She is still super shy but is the snuggliest cat I’ve ever met. Pete had class in the early afternoon so I wandered around and came across a sandwich shop called Double Dutch. It is owned by an unbelievably kind Dutch woman. She made me a fabulous panini. We sat and occasionally chatted while I did my homework. Once Pete was done, we headed back to his place to hang out before I had to go.
Shout out to everyone who made this trip so wonderful. The people I’ve met while in Denver were extremely kind and really made my trip special. I ask myself constantly why I am back in De Pere and not gazing up at the mountains but then I remember that it’s only a matter of time until I will wake up in the morning and open my shades to a stunning mountain view and be perfectly content.