To Colorado (Berthoud, Boulder)
This terrain was more of the same, until Colorado, when things started to get hilly, shorter shrubs and significantly less civilization. It was the first reality check that, hey-we are really traveling to new lands!
This is in east Colorado. It was relatively warm for what I expected. I was generally amazed at how much space is just available for people to live on in Colorado. It’s one of the states I predict will grow as the population of the US continues to go up.
Our destination was Berthoud, CO. Drew’s aunt Brenda and uncle Smitty live there. I was so happy to meet them and get to know them and how their lives are. They are wonderful hostesses and tour guides. We stayed with them for a few days, since we don’t make it out there like, at all. We went to Boulder, Colorado on the weekend, which I LOVED!! Everyone is healthy, attractive, and liberal. I’ve always loved Boulder, but did not really remember too much from when I visited like over 10 years ago. I am amazed at pretty much everything about the city. I was joking with Drew that if San Fran doesn’t work out, we should move to Boulder.
The Shopping: ::droool:: I’m not a shop-a-holic, but Pearl Street was basically ALL my favorite cool stores and more.
We went in a Swiss Army Knife store. The decor and displays were actually pretty interesting. This one is a display of people’s writing on what their swiss knives mean to them, stories about them, what they use them for, etc. I thought this was pretty cool, because a person like me would not naturally be attracted to knives, but with a display that shows the diversity of a simple pocketknife’s usefulness to people, it brings a new meaning to the knife.
Croc store, me looking ravenous:
The Eats: We ate lunch at a hippy restaurant called Mountain Sun Brewery. We lurvs it:
One of my favorite things about this place is that they had the KEWLEST “to go” containers. Drew got a hand crafted crab (you can see the party toothpicks for the eyes):
The Arts: Hadn’t seen this before, a dog made of rags!
The Hiking: Brenda and Smitty were awesome to take us up to SugarLoaf Mountain. It’s a more unique mountain because of the rock arrangements at the top, which is unusual for a mountain of such low elevation.
It’s truly an amazing place and I hope to return soon.