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FINDING INSPIRATION IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

October 1, 2014 in Travel Quotes / Trips in Western United States

Have you ever had a moment while traveling when something out of the blue happened to inspire you?  I’ve had a few of those moments, and I love when they occur.  One of those was during my California trip in 2013, meeting a celebrity photographer who gave me advice that completely changed my perspective.  When I came home, I did a total revamp of my website and did a lot of reflecting on my work.  You can read the entire story here.

I also had a small  moment last year while wandering in Colorado.  I had just checked out Red Rocks Amphitheater when I started driving back toward Denver.  Just a couple of miles down the road from Red Rocks, I found a little park with some hiking trails.  I decided to stop and check it out.

I walked the trail enjoying the beautiful scenery and occasionally passing a mountain biker or fellow hiker.  As I kept walking, I thought about turning around a few times because of my horrendous sense of direction – I didn’t really want to get myself lost.  Ultimately, I decided to just keep going.  The views continued to become even more amazing and the trails gradually became steeper and steeper.  I kept powering through despite being terribly out of shape and knowing I was in a place where the air is much thinner than I’m used to.  I found myself standing high on top of Morrison, Colorado – and I blacked out for a short second upon getting up there too.  So much for pacing myself in the Colorado altitude!  Luckily I snapped out of it pretty quickly.

I stood there and just looked out, feeling like I had just conquered the world.  To many it was a small feat, but to me, it was an amazing feeling.  I pushed myself to reach the top and I did it on my own – and the views were definitely worth it.

I then noticed a large flat rock below me that said “THE MIND IS EVERYTHING.  WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.”  That is when I realized it was all worth it.  That day, I moved one step closer to being what my mind wants me to be.

So when everyone else thinks i’m strange for traveling solo, I think they’re strange for not.  People miss out on a lot of “a-ha” moments when they don’t try.

If you’re interested in taking this hike, check out this website.

HIKING COLORADO

HIKING COLORADO

HIKING COLORADO

HIKING COLORADO

HIKING COLORADO SELFIE!

"THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME."

“THE MIND IS EVERYTHING.  WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.”

"THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME."

COLORADO HIKING

COLORADO HIKING

 

Lookout Mountain - Colorado

THE VIEW FROM LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN – GOLDEN, COLORADO

September 22, 2014 in Everything Else

Lookout Mountain was kind of an “oops” that my cousin and I stumbled upon when I was out there in the Spring.  She and I drove around only to run into signs for the lookout as well as Buffalo Bill’s gravesite.  I can’t even begin to tell you how gorgeous the views were from both places.  You can hit both spots – the lookout as well as the Buffalo Bill Museum in one trip.  You can’t miss the signs so they’re super easy to locate.  Click each photo to see it larger – these just don’t do it justice!

On your way back down the mountain, you’ll likely see people biking, hiking, and hang gliding.  We also noticed 3 or 4 deer eating right on the side of the road, practically in the road, without a care in the world.  I had my GoPro attached to the side of the car when we came across the deer but as my luck has it, I somehow managed to accidentally delete it from my computer.  🙁

If you happen to be in Denver and you’re looking for something to do outside of the city, surely check this area out!  This drive was definitely one of the highlights of my trip!

Check out my short little iphone video of the lookout below:

 

Lookout Mountain - Colorado

Lookout Mountain - Colorado

Buffalo Bill's Gravesite - Colorado

Lookout Mountain - Colorado

Lookout Mountain - Colorado

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Linger restaurant review - Denver

5 GREAT PLACES TO EAT IN DENVER

August 28, 2014 in Food and Drink / Trips in Western United States

1. HARMAN’S EAT & DRINK

Harman’s is a classy yet casual restaurant offering top-notch American food.  They combine fresh ingredients into unique delectable dishes.  I highly recommend Harman’s!

P.S. – Try the cake batter ice cream!  If you’re a BACON lover, you will enjoy this!  Yes, I said that correctly, BACON!  Who doesn’t love bacon?

Interested? Click Here for their Website

Harman's Eat and Drink food photo

Harman’s Eat and Drink

2.  LINGER

Linger (or Olinger) is famous for its morbid past as a mortuary!  You will find evidence of its eerie history in various parts of the building too.  The rooftop patio is a popular place for people to wine, dine and get check out beautiful panoramic views of the city.  Their menu encompasses diverse dishes from different cultures.  The food is tasty and the wine is good.  If you are looking to dine in Linger, be sure to make reservations!  This is an extremely popular restaurant so don’t count on just walking in.

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Linger restaurant review - Denver

Linger

3. BONNIE BRAE ICE CREAM

Ready for dessert now?  Check out Bonnie Brae ice cream.  This little ice cream shop is a hit with the locals.  They make their own ice cream so the flavor options tend to change often.  This is another popular place, so expect to see a line out the door.

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4.  THE CHERRY CRICKET

If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, consider The Cherry Cricket.  They have a huge selection of burgers and toppings so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you.  Don’t like burgers?  They have other options too.  Don’t expect glamorous digs.  Expect a super casual environment, great food, and reasonable prices.  This burger joint has also appeared on the show Man VS Food.  Take a look for yourself!

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5. SESSION

Session is a hip and contemporary bar/restaurant in Denver.  Here you will find a large selection of drinks to go with the awesome decor.  If you’re looking for an extremely modern ambience and friendly staff, look no further.  This is definitely a fun place to eat dinner or grab a drink!

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Session in Denver, CO

4 Breathtaking Scenic Spots Near Denver, Colorado

August 19, 2014 in Trips in Western United States

Anyone who has been to Colorado knows that the beauty there is endless!  No matter where you go, you’re bound to find some amazing scenery.  I took my first trip to Colorado in April 2014, and I had such an amazing time.  Here are 4 scenic spots that I hit while staying in Denver for a week:

Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods - Colorado

Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods has really beautiful landscape to offer.  There is an interesting contrast between the Rocky Mountains and the red rock formations that make you feel like you’re in both Arizona and Colorado at once.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park - Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park is in North-Central Colorado.  It’s a little bit of a drive (about 1.5 hrs), but it’s worth it!  There are plenty of hiking trails, wildlife, and picture perfect views.  You can’t go wrong here.

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak - Colorado

Pikes Peak – Cascade, Colorado

WARNING: Pikes Peak is not for the faint of heart!  If you can handle the heights and lack of guard rails, you’ll love it here.  Either drive, hike (I commend those who do), or take the Cog Railway up to the to the peak.  There is a fee to check out these views from 14,115ft, so be prepared with your wallet.  Also, check the weather ahead of time!  If there is bad weather expected, they will close the peak to visitors.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty intense experience.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Ampitheater - Colorado

Red Rocks Ampitheatre – Morrison, Colorado

Any big music lover has heard of Red Rocks, but many might not realize that it isn’t just an amphitheater.  It is also a place where the locals like to exercise as well as a hiking destination.  The views are beautiful!  The best part is, you don’t have to travel far to get to this gem from Denver.  It takes about 20 minutes to drive there, so you have no excuse not to see it!  

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