Highlights of summer 2015, according to Instagram

SOOOO technically the summer solstice begins around June 21st — the longest and possibly the most glorious day of the whole year — but as far as this super official blog post goes, I’ll be beginning my reminiscing with the end of May/beginning of June.

Words that come to mind when I think back to how I spent this summer include: FUN!, busy, sunny, stressful, western, traveling, eye-opening, inspiring. I was whining and complaining to a friend a few months ago about how I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing anything lately, and he was like, “GIRL! You are always on the move. You’re having fun. You’re doing alright.” Too true, pal, too true.

Even though it breaks my heart into a million pieces to see summer leaving so soon, I do love the fall, and I hear it’s better to smile because it happened instead of crying that it’s over. Here’s a quick recap of the best parts of this summer according to my Instagram feed:

1. Opening the summer with this magical weekend when Amy came to visit me in Colorado: hiking to Hanging Lake, spending a night in Glenwood Springs, hiking in Aspen the next morning, and driving across the Continental Divide.


2. Our day at Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming.


4. Falling in love with western Nebraska.

5. Driving across the Golden Gate Bridge on my first ever trip to SAN FRANCISCO.

6. Kayaking in Tomales Bay & camping/sleeping out under the stars at Point Reyes.


7. Relaxing & swimming in the Colorado sunshine on the weekends.

8. All of the days spent exploring and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park!!!

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9. Attending my first ever rodeo. It was traumatizing. Will likely never attend another rodeo in this lifetime.


10. Seeing the Avett Brothers play at Red Rocks.



12. Going down the shore. Sigh.

13. Riding bikes along the canal near Washington Crossing Historic Park.


14. Hiking in Boulder.

15. Going back to Texas and freaking out about how much baby Dax has grown! And watching him go swimming for the first time.

16. Checking out My Brother’s Bar in Denver — one of Kerouac’s favorite spots during the time he lived here!!! — and continuing to see new places in the Denver & Boulder areas.

Loosely on the agenda for fall: more RMNP hiking, reading more books on my to-read list (I’ve read likeee… maybe 1 whole book this summer), buckling down at work, and seeing a few new places around this state of Colorado! Thinking Telluride, Durango, Fort Collins…

How will you be spending this fall?

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  • Reply Margie

    Girl, you ARE always on the move! You saw and did a lot this summer! You visited 6 states (including Colorado) and did some serious sightseeing! Slow down a little and enjoy the fall!

    September 23, 2015 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Actually… 7 states! CO, WY, SD, NE, PA, NJ, TX !
      Officially on the slow down.

      September 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply camerapacker

    All nice but #7 is the most interesting.

    September 23, 2015 at 8:34 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Swimming huh?? Swimming is never a bad idea 🙂

      September 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    Totally on the same page about the rodeo. Most likely never again. YAY FOR ADVENTURES.

    September 23, 2015 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Praying for Dallas. Miss him.

      September 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Jess Carey

    What an amazing summer! And some great ideas for me here on the other side of the world where summer is just about to start! Thanks 😉

    September 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      It was one of the most amazing summers yet! Happy summer to you!

      September 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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