june 2017

IMG_4604june was busy! my cousin was coming home from a mission and my parents were planning a trip that coincided with my work vacation, so i invited myself and it was the best idea! we went to moab, glendale springs and hanging lake, and then on to aspen, breckenridge, and finally denver, where tyler met up with us. it was the best trip!!! colorado is so beautiful.

these were taken at the maroon bells in aspen. so beautiful! and we only got lost once…

hanging lake and more maroon bells.

pretty colorado scenes, a bike ride through breck, and the continental divide.

a hike to high mountain lakes with snow! and a trillion people.

i made us wear matching colorado shirts. it was everything! and welcome home, chandler!

the rest of june was great. we did some hiking in our own backyard, went to the strawberry days rodeo with friends and our favorite 2 year old, ate nachos outside, and had way too much fun with snapachat i guess.

lindsay and i also went up to albion basin to see the wildflowers…. only if you can’t tell, we went too early. ha! it was pretty nonetheless.

and! the most important part of the month, tyler and i went to see dead and company in concert. tyler’s grateful dead loving heart has never been happier. it was a great show, i just wish i had had worn more tie dye…





fast times in the mile high city.

i feel like the title above is a little misleading… or sounds like the sequel to night at the’s 6:30 am, so let’s just go with it. with the way this weeks schedule looks, i figure blog now or it might be brushed aside and become the red headed step child of memories. 
first off, i just have to say that i love colorado. it’s pretty! it’s clean! people wear their workout garb all day and there are ample places to park a bike. there are running trails less than 100 meters from my aunt’s front door. there’s public transportation and a cafe rio. really, i think a combination of these things are the only necessities to life. 
on saturday, britni and i boarded a jet at million air airport. in provo, utah. no, we are not high rollers, but leaving from an airport proclaiming “million air” and having to walk outside on the tarmac to board the plane made us feel pretty fly. (and in need of some aviators)
oh, skymall… i need this.

 my aunt aly collected us from the airport and we went on a fieldtrip to krispy kreme on the way home. 

we then embarked on to highlands ranch, co, where my family lives, and proceeded to spend the day stuffing ourselves with chips and salsa for lunch, shopping around for hours, and having a repentance dinner of salad at cpk. oh, and i started getting a cold, how lame is that? i always get sick on trips, and that is a fact.

 sunday we hung out and went to church, watched the baby, and went to my aunt’s house where a lot of good eating ensued, followed by a lot of laughing and pinterest. it’s safe to say we’ve converted my aunt.

i kind of think this is exactly how a 17 month old lives life.

 monday i went trail running. it was so great, like i said above, there are many paths and trails that all connect in the area my family lives, so i was able to go crazy, with a little help from my gps. (what did people do before technology?!)

 later monday britni and i rode the light rail to real denver and proceeded to  chew that city up and spit it back out in a good 8 hours time.
 we went to the “taste of colorado” fest and got free eats and watched cooking demos.

we rented bikes and rode all over the city
we spent a couple hours inside of the coolest bookstore of our lives
we had the best ice cream ever. ever. little man’s chocolate coconut, you are something else.
we had sub par food at a crappy parisian cafe. 
we met black rappers who wanted us to be in their music video… and wanted pictures with us, after ordering us to “putcha shades on!” oh, and told us to look for them on mtv. done deal.
we did touristy things like ask people on bikes to take pictures of us in front of rando buildings.
we tried to go see boyz to men… but decided against fighting the crowds.
all in all, it was a great day in the city, minus the fact that everything was closed for labor day.

tuesday morning i went on another run on these remarkable trails i just can’t stop talking about. all the runners i passed were all smiley and wave-y. sometimes they would try to talk to me, but i had my headphones in so i just pretended i understood and gave them a little laugh. i still wonder what they all said to me.

 back at the fort my aunt made us award winning smoothies. mental note, get a vitamix.
later, we took a field trip out to my uncle’s work and stopped at the red rocks amphitheatre, which is breathtaking, by the way.
 we found out zac brown band had been playing all weekend, and we were sad to have missed it, seeing as britni’s cousin is in the band, and we could have scored some great tickets. boo. maybe if we had gone the red rocks would have collapsed on us? yeah we’ll just go with that.

you can’t hear it, but he’s saying CHEEEEEEESE

later, we ate at a mexican restaurant and more chips and salsa ensued. then it was back to the airport and onto a smallish plane to finish our travels. we landed safely in provo and patted ourselves on the back for a trip well done.

 all in all, this weekend taught me a couple things. colorado is beautiful. i have a wonderful family who are great hosts/tour guides. when you have a cold and there is already pressure in your head, the descent on an airplane is pretty painful.  i am going to suffer this week for being irresponsible and not going to school.

i hardly care because my trip was completely worth it.

colorado and family there, thank you. you’re wonderful.