Rocky Mountain High

A couple weeks ago, my annual work conference was held in Denver, CO. After finishing up all my meetings and seminars, my wife flew out to Denver to meet me so we could spend a long weekend exploring the area. By the time the weekends was over, I was begging her to let us move there from our home in South Carolina!

As we do on most of our trips, we piled in as many adventures as we could in 2.5 days. If you have never been to Colorado, I highly recommend making the trip. It is absolutely beautiful being surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Our first stop was Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the famous outdoor venue for many concerts that sits right in between incredibly large red, rock mountains. We hiked around a little there and then we made our way over to Boulder, CO. We did not waste any time finding Flatirons Park and jumping onto the trail that was said to have the best view at the summit. What I neglected to tell my wife was that even though this trail has the best views, it is also rated as the steepest and most difficult in the park. She started picking up on this about halfway up the treacherous incline and was not too happy about it. Thankfully when we reached the top, the view made it all worth it as we looked out over hundreds of miles of landscape along with the University of Colorado Boulder’s campus. Our priorities did come into play after the hike as we quickly descended and made our way into downtown Boulder to find a place to eat and watch the Clemson football game!


The next day was the best day of the whole trip. We made our way over to Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park. It lived up to all the hype. As soon as pulled in


to the park, we were greeted by over 50 wild roaming elk. I quickly threw the car into park and we got out and were able to follow them all the way down to a lake that they waded across. It was one of the most surreal things I have seen in person. We spent the day hiking trails like Bear Lake, watching herds of elk, and taking in the views of the Aspen trees with their bright yellow leaves.

Our final day included a hike at Garden of the Gods, touring the Air Force Academy, and unfortunately getting on a plane back home. We had a great time hiking and enjoying all God’s beautiful creation, but it would not be right for me to share this trip with you without briefly mentioning the best places to eat. If you ever find your way to Colorado and you need some good pre or post-hike meals/drinks, be sure to check these out: Denver Biscuit Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Avanti, Snooze, and Little Man Ice Cream.

It was a great adventure for us out in the Rocky Mountains and we hope to be back soon to go snow skiing!