Alas, here I am. After a weekend full of Coloradan adventure (catch up here!) and A TON of time in the car (and it was only the beginning…), we returned to Denver so Kristen could go to work that week. Her employment left me with a decent amount of free time to explore the Boulder area. And after doing that, I have concluded that everyone should dedicate a decent amount of free time to exploring the Boulder area at some point in their lives. It was SO. FREAKIN. CUTE.
I was a lil bit frightened to do some unaccompanied exploring in a brand new city, but you best believe I am all about independence and alone time, so it was overall a great time.
I thought I’d give you a little tour of my week, which was really only 3 solid Boulder-filled days. I spent Wednesday back in Denver due to sheer exhaustion and a desire to go to a Denver-based waterpark. Obviously.
Walked around downtown Boulder, then was completely BLOWN away by downtown Boulder. There were kids playing in the pop up fountains and young artists playing drums, and pals reconnecting on the street. It was all just so warm and fuzzy. Everything was walkable. As a sustainability/community development fanatic, it was a dream. Overall, I just felt as though I was walking through a movie, that’s how cute and scenic it was. I’m not convinced the Pearl Street Mall isn’t just a movie set that I accidentally walked through.
I took a walking tour of University of Colorado at Boulder (you guys think Penn State has views…), ate a yummy lunch with Kristen in Legion Park courtesy of the Colorado-beloved Snarf’s sandwich shop, and spent the afternoon at the beach at Boulder Reservoir. Reservoirs are big in Boulder, I think.
^^^University of Colorado @ Boulder^^^
Took a 12-mile bike ride along the Boulder Creek Bike Path (I don’t think there’s a more scenic bike path out there), checked out the local Boulder Library because I am a complete and total loser, and ate lunch al fresco with Kris-face at the wonderfully charming and aesthetically-pleasing Fate Brewing Company. Ended the day with a Rockies-Dodgers game at downtown Denver’s Coors Field, where everyone hated me for loving the opponent.
If you love beer, go to Boulder. There are too many breweries to count. (That’s a figure of speech; I’m sure someone has counted.)
As previously noted, I was really tired at this point in the trip. I slept in, then my cousin and I went to a water park. We did a water aerobics class with senior citizens and it was THE BOMB.
Oh man, Thursday. Thursday was the best. I was well rested and ready to GO. I went for a solo walk in Chautauqua Park and casually scaled a Flatiron. The Coloradans KNOW how to get outside; even on a weekday morning, it was packed. Nature-lovers, dogs, babies, and even some grandpas surrounded me as I hiked in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Kristen and I went to the Boulder-renowned Dushanbe Tea House for lunch and took pictures like annoying tourists, and after, I headed over to take a free tour of Celestial Seasonings, the famous tea company based out of Boulder. I GOT FREE TEA! Went back to Boulder Reservoir again, because duh, and then picked up Kristen from work to go to the world’s best brewery… AKA, Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont. I’ve never felt more at home in my life.
My trip to the West was packed with adventures and silliness and not being able to believe what my eyes were seeing, and I have to thank my sister for that. She helped me explore Boulder even when she was working, and was a wonderful companion to travel and discover new phenomena with for a week and a half. Thanks for letting me visit and write about my time in Boulder.
The next day, we were off to South Dakota!