Hi there! Hope your week’s going lovely so far
Can’t say it’s anything but here! This morning Shane and I are off to do a longer hike where we’ll see 3-5 waterfalls. However, there’s coffee to be had before that happens, so I thought I’d check in quickly to post about what we’ve been up to the past couple of days.
Morning walks include walking up the “road” from the house we’re renting to check out the humming birds and scenery.
One of the days we took a break from hiking. Gem Lake really made my legs sore! We didn’t realize it was a strenuous hike when we did it (but it was so worth it.)
Instead, we took a drive up Trail Ridge Road, a paved road that goes above 11,000 feet!!
We saw a little picnic spot about half way up, and stopped for lunch.
There’s one item crossed off my summer bucket list!
Once we got up to about 10,000, we saw snow right outside our window.
However, then we kept on driving, and when I looked out my window I saw straight cliff, no guard rail, and extremely high heights. I freaked out and had a mini panic attack and we turned around.
Can you guess what we did next?
Later on, based on a couple recommendations, we went to Twin Owls Steakhouse for dinner.
To drink, Shane had an Estes Park brew, and I stuck with wine.
The dinner really lived up to its name. It was probably the best meal I’ve had in a year.
We started with an appetizer of elk, stuffed mushrooms, and scallops:
And then I ordered the fillet with a side of fresh vegetables.
Can I take minute to say just how awesome it is not to have to worry that the animals on my plate were ethically fed and raised? I seriously think that it tastes better if the animals grew up happy, and I haven’t had to worry about that one bit here in Colorado. That was my first steak in…over three years? I wouldn’t dream of ordering a steak where I live in Illinois. I want to move here!
Yesterday we went on about a three mile hike to a picturesque waterfall.
We had to hike up a closed road for the majority of the trip.
I messed up and forgot to apply sunscreen, so I have a nice racerback-shaped sunburn going on right now
We spent the rest of the day on a little day trip to Boulder, but that deserves a whole ‘nother post in itself. So next time. I will say I kinda wanna move there
Time for a hike! Happy Tuesday!
Is the area you live in conscious about serving meat that’s been ethically raised?
Central Illinois is most definitely not. I think there might be one farm that produces grass-fed beef – and then it doesn’t even sell it to restaurants – just farmer’s markets and natural grocery store