Man, my 5:15a alarm came way too quickly this morning. Then again, I’m not sure when a 5:15 alarm doesn’t come way too quickly. I’m feeling a bit of the blues today, since my parents are heading back to Illinois this morning. I have enjoyed their company so much this week. I’m really sad to see them go!
The picture above is from the other day when we went hiking at Chautauqua. The weather was absolutely perfect. It reached 77 degrees! Naturally, it was an ideal day for a hike. So when my parents got back from Estes Park, we all picked up and headed over the the Flat Irons.
I wasn’t too sure about the initial climb. My parents hadn’t adjusted to the altitude quite yet, and, well, it’s a little tough for someone visiting, who might not hike that often. Alas, my dad toughed it out, just stopping every now and then when the heart rate got a little too high.
And it was SO worth it. We hiked around for about 1.5 hours, and saw some great sights, including a gorgeous sun dog in the sky.
A sun dog is a rainbow formed when there’s ice crystals in the clouds when the sun hits it in the perfect light…or something like that. Whatever it is, it’s gorgeous – I’d never seen one before.
And it’s not a sun dong, which I thought it was, and kept repeating it, embarrassingly so – LOL
We also had to get pretty creative when we looped around and went down – there was still snow and ice in the shadier spots, which made it super tricky! I think going up is more of a physical workout, and going down is more of a mental workout.
After our hike, we headed to Pearl Street to shop, where I visited my very first Athleta store (and am now in LOVE,) replenish and
watch the freaks people watch.
And by replenish, I mean in the form of cocktails
This was tequila, some ginger/pear flavor thingy, and club soda. And delicious. Actually, this entire week has been delicious – like one 8 day weekend.
We’ve had lots of beverages…
Drinks after shopping
Drinks after hiking
Drinks after dinner – playing euchre
Drinks after church
Drinks after drinks. Lots of drinks.
and LOTS of good food:
burger and fries from Oskar Blues
spicy buffalo tacos from Ed’s Cantina
sausage omelet, potatoes, and GF toast from Two Dog Diner
carry out pizza (gluten free crust)
chicken, shrimp, and sausage jambalaya with dirty rice from Oskar Blues (in Lyons)
And last night we all had ribs, pork barbeque, and corn bread, finished off with a big ol’ slice of chocolate pie.
Typically, I eat like this (let loose, eat whatever, don’t cook, etc.) on the weekends – Friday and Saturday. Then Sunday – Thursday I make my own breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So basically, I ate (and drank) like it was the weekend all week long. No big deal – I’m just more than ready to eat the next few meals from my own kitchen
On that note, if 5:15 came quickly, so did 5:45 – time to teach BLAST interval class!
Tell me: Do your eating patterns change much when you’re on vacation or entertaining guests?
What was the most fun thing you did this weekend?
I need to catch up with ya’ll!