1,050 Miles Away and 9,000 Feet Up
Better than alive. More alive than I’ve felt in a long time
Yesterday evening, after a 17 hour drive and a day spent in Denver, we’re here in Estes Park, Colorado!
We took off from Illinois around 9:30 on Thursday morning, and bypassed our first, second, and third planned stopping points for the day, and ended up in Goodland, Kansas – about 7 miles from the Colorado border. Funnily enough, the drive was pretty easy. I had a decent driving buddy though
Actually, I was more of the passenger buddy, but that’s neither here nor there.
We had a great time along the way, stopping numerous times – in no big hurry – for potty breaks, food,
and lots and lots of tea, coconut water, Gatorade, and Vitamin water.
It’s crazy how much we could feel the elevation once we got into the middle of Kansas. When we stopped in Goodland, we were already to 3.000 feet! As the elevation increased, we could not only feel the pressure, but also found that it made us SO thirsty.
It’s funny, once we entered Colorado, we expected to see mountains everywhere. However, for a good hour, it looked just like Kansas, but with more peak-like hills instead of rolling hills.
Then, about 30 miles from Denver we said…hey, do you think those are mountains or clouds?
We spent the day in Denver where I shopped, Shane followed, and we dined at this awesome Mexican restaurant for lunch:
We both desperately needed margaritas at this point.
Best guacamole ever.
Best tacos ever.
I wanna go back!
We decided to forage on with our journey around 5:00. which, thanks to our poor decision making was right in the middle of rush hour. But our patience was rewarded once we passed Boulder and started heading into – and I mean in to the mountains.
I think I said whoa a million and two times.
Here’s some pictures from where we’re staying that I’ve taken so far.
We were greeted by about 5 deer in our driveway upon arriving.
hot tub sunset
we stocked up on groceries at Whole Foods in Denver, and had pizza and wine on our first night (the pizza wasn’t good though!)
Forgot to close the blinds in the bedroom and was annoyed by the light waking us up at 6:00, but then all was ok when I opened my eyes to this bedroom window view.
Just some elk…kickin’ it.
Right now we just got back to our condo after making the short trip into “town” for some breakfast and coffee, and we’re planning our very first hike!
I think today’s hike is going to be a fairly easy one since it’s our first one. I’ll probably be popping in on Monday – although my cell says “No Service” we actually get free wifi! This is the first time I’ve been on the net so far, but like I said here, I love using the blog as a means of documenting my vacations!
Have a great weekend everyone!
What wildlife do you see on a regular basis? In Illinois where we live it’s a lot of rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer.