The Reality {2013 Colorado Flood}

On Monday we made the drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time in months. Our last trip up was in July when we hiked from the Chapin Trailhead. Since then wildfires and flooding kept us out of the park. We had plenty of other areas to explore so we didn’t think much of it…until Monday. We headed north to Boulder and I whined as we sat in traffic – don’t drive toward Boulder at 8am, you’ll regret it. I’ve been to Boulder multiple times since the floodwaters came through two months ago but haven’t seen much of the true damage – it was no different this time through. We stuck to the main roads and had no reminder of the floods until we saw the sign that said “Highway 7 closed to Estes Park”. We were … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Risking It – Weekend Snowboarding {Keystone}

Yesterday we decided to risk it…we made the drive up to Summit County on a Sunday. If you have ever driven into the mountains on a weekend you know exactly why we’ve been avoiding this for the past two years. Weekend traffic – combined with weekend lift lines – can be absolutely horrible! We figured an early start to the day during the early season would give us an advantage. Turns out this tactic worked out pretty darn well for us! We met Lynne at the Dino Lots at 7:15am and were parked at Keystone by 8:30am. Probably the earliest I’ve ever been in a resort parking lot! Cupcake! And the backside of Keystone…with SNOW! Turns out front row parking and perfectly groomed trails aren’t the only perk to arriving before the lifts start – Keystone was giving out cupcakes! … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Building Your Own Training Plan

In case you missed it…CHRIS IS RUNNING! Yea, that is a big deal. A huge deal. It makes me all kind of happy…I have a running buddy, a run-nerd (for real, he running and he’s a nerd!) and we have more running shoes in the house! Of course, this means I lost my freebie race photographer, but I’ll give that up for someone to run and race with! This is all sorts of exciting but it requires a little adjusting. I have to get used to running with someone who doesn’t want to talk about girly things. I have been over explaining the basic run chatter…for now. And I am back to researching training plans. Yup, training plans. After over a year of telling training plans to suck it I am once again befriending excel and numbers! I guess the … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Life Lately: Zevia, Halloween, BRC

First, Happy November! My birthday month is over…which means it is Chris’s birthday month. I’m okay with that because my birthday month has one more day than his. I’m a one-upper like that. One thing I will never get tired of in Colorado is how amazing the weather is about 98% of the time. It is November and I am running outside in shorts/tanks while driving an hour into the mountains go to snowboarding. Perfect. So incredibly perfect. Also, I’m pretty sure Colorado won the fall color contest this year. Even if it is mostly yellow the colors I’m still seeing here are seriously trumping the little I saw in Wisconsin! And clearly I’m obsessed with the colors! Zevia Smarter Celebrations In non-mountain/color/crazy news I had an opportunity learned how to make some tasty appetizers I would have never even … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Snowboarding…in October

This post is going to be a prime example of how NOT to humble brag…I’m just straight up bragging, nothing humble is going on here! Its October, we went snowboarding and we took photos just so we could tell the world how cool Colorado is! Somewhere under my layers is my beloved Columbia mid-weight baselayer. Seriously love that thing! The snow wasn’t perfect and the resort was barely open – only 4 worthy runs open – but we were decked out in our gear and strapped to our snowboards well before Thanksgiving! We went to Arapahoe Basin and they have actually been open since October 13th but we finally found the time to head up this past Monday. Its weird to think about snowboarding when Denver is still toasty warm…or randomly rainy. When we were at ABasin it was sunny … [Click Here For the Full Story]