Moving so far from home was a huge adjustment for us, especially me. I was born and raised in the same town and ended up going to college there as well, so I never spent too much time away from family and friends. Since moving to California three and a half years ago it’s been a struggle sometimes to keep in touch with old friends. When our time spent going home is to see family we don’t always get to see others that we were close to. So when an opportunity came up to see one of my besties from college, we jumped on it right away and booked our flights….to Denver, Colorado!
I first visited Colorado several years ago when I did an internship in Colorado Springs. I instantly fell in love with the landscape there and loved that you could be driving anywhere and see Pike’s Peak looming behind you or in front of you. It made the mountains in my home state of Pennsylvania look like ant hills and I couldn’t wait to come back. While we didn’t get to Colorado Springs this trip, we did get to explore more of the Denver area near where our friends live.
The morning we arrived, we stopped at Waffle Up in downtown Denver which was amazing and a must stop if you’re in the area. They make their waffles out of a dough instead of a batter and they tasted so good! The waffles were so sweet on their own that you didn’t need to add maple syrup. So instead we topped them with berries and creams…delicious!
We spent a good portion of the weekend just visiting, watching college football (so fun to actually watch a Penn State game with fellow Penn Staters) and attended a HUGE Christmas show in downtown Denver. On our final full day in Colorado, we ventured up to almost 12,000 feet to hike at Hoosier Pass. It was much chillier than where we were staying as the wind was incredibly strong and the snow from the mountain peaks was whipping across our ankles.
After our very cold hike, we got back in the car and headed down the hill to the other side towards Breckenridge, the cutest little ski town. Seriously, we only walked around for a bit but it was enough to convince me that we must go back soon…preferably when there is more snow. We grabbed some hot apple cider and crepes and warmed up from the chilly afternoon.
I can only imagine what this place would look like all decked out for Christmas with the perfect snowy mountain landscape in the background.
Dave and Victoria, thanks for the wonderful visit and for showing us around your new stompin’ grounds. We can’t wait to come back!