… in Colorado!
If you follow me on Snapchat, then you likely already know since I documented the whole house-hunting trip this past weekend. But if you don’t, we’re moving to Colorado in July! Boulder, to be exact.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of exciting news and big decisions and I’m so excited for what the future holds. Even though I’ve always imagined myself living in Colorado at some point, making the decision to move was not an easy one. In the end, the concerns of employment, figuring out where to live, making new friends, distance from family and logistics were all outweighed by the prospect of an exciting new adventure. Once the decision was made, it seemed as though all the things I was concerned about just started to fall into place, reassuring me that we are on the right path. I don’t feel like we are forcing anything to happen, it’s as though everything is unfolding exactly the way it’s supposed to and I’m trusting completely that this new chapter will be the best one yet.
I apologize for not contributing to this blog with the frequency I started with. Because of everything we’ve had to do in preparation for this big change, I haven’t had time for my beloved projects, nor time to write about them. And until we’ve moved and settled in, I won’t be able to keep up with posting on a regular basis. It doesn’t help that in the month leading up to our westward migration, we have family visiting, a wisdom teeth removal surgery, and a 5-day camping music festival with friends! But, we were able to sneak in some fun between showings while we were in Colorado this past weekend.
Hiking up Flagstaff Mountain
It took us roughly an hour to get to the top, with about 1,700 feet of elevation gain. If I were to summit Flagstaff again a few months after living there, when my lungs are more acclimated, I bet I could keep up a faster pace. There are some public spaces at the top, too, like picnic tables, pavilions, and a cool amphitheater that you could easily drive to if you aren’t up for hiking.
During the three days we were there, in addition to viewing 7 potential homes and hiking up a mountain, we were also able to visit a handful of breweries.
West Flanders Brewing Company
Located right in the Pearl Street Mall with patio seating available, subpar beer probably wouldn’t be enough to keep me away. I had intended to order a Snowy Wit, their Belgian Witbier, but they had sadly ran out. The server instead offered a freshly tapped specialty saison that didn’t disappoint; it was easily the best saison I’ve ever had.
Avery Brewing Company
Oh, Avery. If you can’t find something you like here, then you just don’t like beer. I had their Saison, Apricot Sour, and a 5 oz pour of their 18.8% PumpKYn.
Boulder Beer Company
We actually went to Boulder Brewing Company twice in one day. We ducked in to kill an hour before a nearby showing and we liked it so much we decided to come back. During our first visit, it had just rained so we sat ourselves at a high-top table in the bar area and I ordered a Sweaty Betty, their blonde hefeweizen. By the time we had to leave for our scheduled showing, the sun had come out and a band had started playing in the outdoor patio area, with the Flatirons as a backdrop, so a return trip was absolutely necessary.
When we came back, we shared some smoked wings and I got the Cask Mango IPA. I’m eager to check out their other BBQ offerings in the future.
We ducked into Walnut Brewery after grabbing lunch next door at Rio Grande. A notice on the door informed us that the 27-year-old brewery was closing it’s doors for good on Sunday, so we were glad to have had the chance to try it. I ordered their Raspberry Sour (it had a special name, but I can’t remember what it was) and was delighted to see it come out of the tap a lovely pink color. RIP Walnut.
So, though I won’t be posting much in the coming month, I can’t wait to tell you all about the adventures that await us in our new life. Cheers!