Alex and I took a little mini-vacay out to Colorado for a couple days, which explains my blog absence. How ’bout a little photo re-cap so that you can vacation vicariously with us?
Our favorite day was probably our second day which saw us snowshoe-ing in Rocky Mountain National Park – a 2.5-mile hike in the snow up to see the (frozen) Emerald Lake (the majority of the photos above). My east-coast friends chuckle whenever I pass on skis or snowboards in favor of “those tennis-racket things you wear on your feet so you don’t sink in the snow,” but let me tell you, we were not alone in our snowshoeing adventure. Those Coloradoans are super-active and enjoy a good hike in the snow. Plus, snowshoes are so much more sleek and fashionable now than the tennis-racket models of yore…
After that we toured New Belgium brewery–home of Fat Tire and other craft brews. It was a blast. Our tour guide was energetic and engaging and every stop on the tour came with great stories about how New Belgium got started and the fascinating company culture they have created for their employees (and also free beer samples). We left feeling inspired to step up our homebrew game and eager to support New Belgium by purchasing their products when we can find them, especially since they are opening a second location on the east coast in Asheville, NC! New Belgium really set the bar high in our minds for what a good brewery (and brewery tour) should be like, and made our Coors tour (did I mention we also toured the Coors brewery?) pale by comparison.
Any vacation is an opportunity to eat new and delicious foods, and Colorado was no exception. We enjoyed a range from pizza (the new Hawaiian pizza includes not only ham and pineapple but also bacon, mandarin oranges, and cinnamon); traditional Ethiopian with teff, lentils, and spices to warm the soul; custard prepared by the man who holds the fastest Pike’s Peak ascent; and French bistro fare like steak frites and rabbit in a creamy mustard sauce.
It was so nice to take a trip out West with my husband. But it’s also good to be home.