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.