Making friends as an adult can be hard sometimes. When you are in grade school, you make friends with the kid that sits next to you and lives next door. In college, there are sorority sisters, dorm dwellers, and fellow classmates. For me, the minute I left my hometown to go to college I had to make new friends. There was no such thing as Facebook (hello, I’m old!) and cell phones were still only used in emergencies so keeping in touch with high school buddies was hard.
I’m fortunate that I fell into a great group of friends here in Boston. I’m also really lucky to have made such great internet friends. Through my blog I have met some really great people. Folks who I like simply because I find them interesting. It has nothing to do with our close proximity or common classes.
Over the past few days I have been on vacation in Colorado with my BF. We booked our trip with the main purpose of attending the Great American Beer Festival. Bonus though? I got to see several of my great internet buddies!!!
PS. What is going on with that blue piece of shirt coming out of my top layer?! I swear I was wearing a black tank.
On to the rest of my trip! I figured I would show the highlights and then focus on food & drink tomorrow. BEEER!
The first night we were in Colorado we headed up to Boulder to have dinner. We made a pit stop at Lauren’s so I could meet the famous Lance and Jackson.
Seriously. How cute are they?!
The drive to dinner in Boulder from Lauren’s was a great introduction to Colorado. Both Lauren and her husband give great tips on places to go and things to do. Plus, the view was absolutely gorgeous!
Dinner was fantastic. What made it even better was getting to see Paige and meet her husband. We had quite the team at dinner!
The next day we woke up with one thing on our mind. GET OUTSIDE! All of the Colorado blogs I read are constantly showing off their great weather and outdoor activities. Our first stop was Red Rocks.
There were a lot of people at the top of the amphitheater, but we had free range of the steps. We were able to run up and down the stairs and then walk along one of the trails. The BF was a show off and tried to do box jumps up the steps. Good on you buddy. I’m out (hello elevation!). The views were beautiful and it felt so good to just be enjoying the sunshine.
We could have easily stayed there all day! As luck would have it, just as we were leaving the clouds started to roll in. It was nature’s way of telling us to just head into Golden and hit up a few breweries.
I’ll go over the breweries in my next post, but to be blunt…I love beer and it loves me!
There is certainly no shortage of breweries to explore in Colorado!
For dinner that night we met up with another friend, but this time it was a real life friend. My old college roommate, Stacey. It was so good to catch up with her! The last time I saw her was when she came to Boston on a little road trip. I was lucky enough to meet up with her on two different occasions while I was in Denver. WOOT!
This picture proves I wear make-up and sometimes I get a little nuts with the under-eye concealer.
We had prepared for some overcast weather on Friday and planned to do a little brewery hopping with my buddy and internet friend, Tiffany. We are both obsessed with our dogs and it how we originally bonded so I was thrilled that I got a chance to meet her pup, Lincoln.
This picture does not do this little pup justice. He is SO CUTE. SO TINY. and I wanted to steal him. I wonder if Kork would be up for a new friend?!
We toured around a few breweries with Tiffany and her boyfriend. It was great to catch up and just chat for a few hours. If I lived in Colorado, Tiffany and I would definitely be hangout buddies.
Saturday was another gorgeous day and we HAD to be outside. We needed to work off the beer from Friday and prepare for the GABF. Several people had recommended renting a bike through B-Cycle, a bike sharing system, so we hopped on one near the big REI in town and rode down the Cherry Creek trail.
I love that they have so many B-Cycle hubs around town.
I think my biking BF was hoping for a faster, less cruiser type bike experience, but I loved these! The bikes had a cute little basket and a nice big seat for my big ol’ butt.
Tip: You must check the bike in every 30 minutes to a hub in order to not be charged any additional fees. We were able to ride around for several hours for just $8/bike this way!
The trail through town was just lovely. The path is home to a few homeless folks and smelled a little like pee in some spots, but overall it was a gorgeous ride and hard to believe we were in the middle of the city. There were TONS of people on the trail and it was nice to be riding around with no traffic.
We rode out about 5 miles, stopping along the way to take pictures and look around. When we rode the 5 miles back we went as fast as possible on our mega bikes just to see how long it would take! Those suckers are heavy.
When we got back it was still earlier in the afternoon and we wanted to look around town more. I’ve wanted to try geocaching for months now and it seemed like a perfect time to bust out the app on my phone to try it out. We were led around to different parts of Denver and we found our first two caches!
We also found a brewery or two. We are multi-taskers.
Saturday night was the main event of our trip, the Great American Beer Festival. We had a blast and tried SO MANY beers!
We had a nice sized group and managed not to lose anyone. I was pretty impressed. Lauren and Paige were there working for KIND, but were able to get away for a few minutes to say hi. Tiffany came through with pretzel necklaces for everyone.
Fake tattoos with Lauren! I’m so hardcore.
FYI…that is a hop. My folks back in Boston keep asking me if it is a bug. Heh.
My goal was to try out sour beers and breweries that we can’t typically get in Boston. I was pretty successful without feeling like crap the next morning. I count that as a win.
Good thing I felt pretty good too because Sunday, our last day in Colorado, was the best weather EVER. We wanted to give hiking a try and headed out to Chautauqua in Boulder.
I’ve never really hiked. I just kind of walk around. I figured when in Rome…
We hadn’t even made it up the trailhead when I broke out into a sweat and felt my lungs starting to burn a little. Oh boy. After a bit of a breather I got it together and we ventured up the trail.
Oh, and if you ever want to chat with about a million people just wear a craft beer t-shirt in the middle of Colorado.
I just can’t get enough of a good view. And Colorado has plenty of those to offer.
I was pretty proud of myself for not crying once on the hike. Crying is my preferred method of dealing with things that stress me out a little or may be a little new to me. Heh. Very mature. Instead I’m ready to try a hike in my own backyard of Boston!
After our hike we fueled up on some more beer and good eats in Boulder. We then followed it up with a little more geocaching in a local park.
Sometimes the geocaching can take you to some really beautiful places and other times it takes you to a dumpster near a graffiti park. We certainly saw our fair share of Boulder that day!
After a long day of outdoor fun it was time to head home. We said our good-byes to Boulder, drove through Denver and then made our way to the airport to say good-bye to the best rental car ever.
A Kia Soul! Its just a matter of time before I trade my SUV in for this baby. So cute.
Thanks Colorado for a great time. We enjoyed the great outdoors, food, and beer. Also, a special thanks to my friends for showing this Boston girl around. I will be seeing you and Colorado sooner rather than later!