A Colorado Interlude

Heyo!

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?

Oh, you know, just an elk hanging out with his friends in someone's front yard. No big deal.

Oh, you know, just an elk hanging out with his friends in someone’s front yard. No big deal.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Love the panorama setting on our camera...

Love the panorama setting on our camera…

In our snowshoe gear. Fellow hikers were happy to take photos of us together. I tripped over my shoes nearly every time I tried to get close to Alex.

In our snowshoe gear! Fellow hikers were happy to take photos of us together. I tripped over my shoes nearly every time I tried to get close to Alex.

All of the lakes we passed were frozen over. I was still scared to walk on them though.

All of the lakes we passed were frozen over. I was still scared to walk on them though.

At last we arrived at our hike's destination: Emerald Lake. Wouldn't this be beautiful in the summertime? Apparently the water (when not frozen) is greenish in color. It was significantly colder here.

At last we arrived at our hike’s destination: Emerald Lake. Wouldn’t this be beautiful in the summertime? Apparently the water (when not frozen) is greenish in color. It was significantly colder here.

Alex loves the mountain views!

Alex loves the mountain views!

This is on the way from Estes Park to Colorado Springs. Mountain views never get old.

This is, I think, on the way out of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mountain views never get old. Especially when taken with the panorama setting.

Enthralled by the enormous red rock formations at Garden of the Gods outside Colorado Springs.

Enthralled by the enormous red rock formations at Garden of the Gods outside Colorado Springs.

Happy homebrew husband next to a huge vat of cooking beer at New Belgium Brewery.

Happy homebrew husband next to a huge vat of cooking beer at New Belgium Brewery.

Much beer was sampled. Did Alex make the perfect Belgian pour? (Note the 1-2 fingers-width quantity of foam). Annnd water for the DD in the background.

Much beer was sampled. Did Alex make the perfect Belgian pour? (Note the 1-2 fingers-width quantity of foam). Annnd water for the DD in the background.

In this room, we were introduced to sour beer, which is beer base aged with good bacteria in oak barrels for 1-3 years. It reminded me of kombucha and was quite good. Perhaps we'll join the sour beer cult following.

In this room, we were introduced to sour beer, which is beer base aged with good bacteria in oak barrels for 1-3 years. It reminded me of kombucha and was quite good. Perhaps we’ll join the sour beer cult following.

Panoramic view of Clear Creek Canyon and the city of Golden from atop Lookout Mountain.

Panoramic view of Clear Creek Canyon and the city of Golden from atop Lookout Mountain.

My man loves a spontaneous hike.

My man loves a spontaneous hike at altitude.

Alex and Jessalyn, live at Red Rocks! Too bad we didn't see a show while we were there.

Alex and Jessalyn, live at Red Rocks! Too bad we didn’t see a show while we were there.

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.

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4 thoughts on “A Colorado Interlude

  1. Rhimi Elliott says:

    What a great trip! Great pictures! Love them!

  2. Mercedes Conde says:

    Hi Jessalyn! This is Mercedes from MMS, remember me?
    Just wanted to say I like your blog and recipes. I have been following you for a while. This trip you guys did is awesome and makes me want to go there!!

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