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estes park

Our friend’s birthday and Valentine’s Day happened to end up close to each other this year so we all took as it as a sign to get away for the weekend. In an effort to avoid some of the ski crowd, we headed up to Estes Park. Just in case you were wondering, that’s a town.. not an actual park.  Not that I was confused about that being a small town Minnesota girl when we moved here so many years ago.  Not at all. We rented a house together and headed up Friday after work and stayed through a massive brunch before heading back down. Dreams of snowshoeing through the trails were slightly derailed by 50 degree temperatures.. and dreams of hiking were slightly derailed by 30-50 mph wind gusts. Dreams of relaxation were derailed by nothing. #winning Estes Park sits at the edge of Rocky Mt. National Park. And if you’ve ever been there before, you may know that elk sighting is not rare at all to say the least.  While hiking was a bit breezy, searching for elk from the warmth of a car was the perfect evening activity…

London in a Day

On my way to Cape Town, South Africa, I had a 12-hour layover in London. My boss offered to pay for a hotel so that I could catch up on some much needed sleep, but I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to stroll through this magnificent city. Beyond finding an old map from the last time I visited London, I made absolutely zero plans. I think my thought process went something like, “I bet a yellow brick road will appear for me just like it did for Dorothy, and my backpack can’t weigh more than 2 pounds with its laptop, 2 textbooks, giant camera, and week worth of Clif bars. I bet London at the beginning of December is pretty warm, but I’ll pack a light jacket just in case.” Here’s the breakdown of how I spent 8 hours in London spending only $21.14. For 18.14 US dollars, I bought a day pass for the Tube. The Piccadilly line took me from Heathrow to Hyde Park Corner. Minus the trip back to Heathrow, I spent the rest of the day on foot. I wandered briefly though…

Moab

Hello winter weather!  We had our first blizzard last night and into this morning with 16 inches of snow.  Amazingly, we both made it into work and by the time we left, they had the roads mostly clear with a high in the upper 40’s tomorrow. Colorado weather.. oh how we love thee! Even though this was one of our first blasts of cold weather this year, it already has me dreaming of warm places. Now, I have no idea what the temperature of Moab, Utah is during the middle of November- the beginning of June was hot! The summer months are steamy but we stayed at the most lovely bed and breakfast in town, The Sunflower Hill.  It came to us highly recommended and it did not disappoint.  Our days consisted of getting up with the sun and going on an early morning hike, hurrying back to enjoy a leisurely breakfast, going on short mid-morning hikes, and spending the afternoons by the pool.  In the evenings, we set out for more hiking explorations. By splitting up the days, we were able to see all the sights of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks but still avoided the…

London, United Kingdom

Nearly two years ago (how has it been that long already?!), I went on the trip of a lifetime with my college bestie and my brother. The trip took us across Ireland and nearly the length of the UK, and did I mention that every bit of it was amazing?! In just a few short weeks, I will be returning to London for approximately eleven hours. In preparation for making the most of my brief visit, I thought it would be appropriate to review the highlights of my first trip there. We were blessed with gorgeous weather for the majority of our trip. This is saying something since we traveled in March to some places known for their blustery, wet weather. As you can see, in London we had blue skies. London Bridge thankfully didn’t fall as we walked across. We said hello to Big Ben. And of course had some fish ‘n chips. And of course they were. The. Best. Ever. This adorable man proposed to me. Well, indirectly. He actually just planned our wedding ceremony. His British accent nearly convinced me to agree to a walk down the isle. But the trip wouldn’t…