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Why yes the Colorado trip was a month an a half ago… Why yes I am just reporting on it now… πŸ™‚ But don’t worry, the pictures are worth the wait…(well pictures from day 2 anyway πŸ˜‰ See I’m keeping you wanting more.

Anyway the Original Post:

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Can I go back to Colorado… Like now? My whole life I have been a California girl. I never imagined myself moving out of California… I mean… It’s freakin’ California…. That opinion is waning now. If you offered me a job in Colorado, I would take it in a heart beat.

Our first day in Colorado started out at Santa Ana Airport at 4:30am. After our flight (which left at 6:45) we arrived in Colorado at 10am. Right away we got our rental car, had lunch and headed to a Big Cat sanctuary. It was pretty cool, they had lots of tigers and even a few white tigers!

After about an hour there, the weather started to turn and it began to rain a little. The clouds looked pretty scary and I had remembered seeing ‘tornado shelter’ in the airport so my mind went to tornados… To be clear, I have no idea what tornado weather is, nor what it looks like so I don’t know why my mind went to tornados, but it did. After the rain picked up, Greg and I decided to call it a night and head to Colorado Springs. On the way to the hotel, I kept dozing off ( I had very little sleep the week leading to Colorado) I was asleep maybe 2 minutes at a time, it sucked! Greg said it was cute to see my head bounce though, it was that startled bounce every time I woke up.

Top: Me @ the Denver airport, they had a cool map!
Middle Me @ Orange County airport at 4:45am and me at the big cat sanctuary
Bottom me and Greg πŸ™‚

 

On our way to CS we stopped a few times on the side of the high way (at turn outs of course) to take pictures. We just had to, never in my life had I seen a whole state as beautiful!

When we got to Colorado Springs, we checked into our hotel and headed out to dinner. We grabbed a quick bite at Red Robin (I had this yummy chicken bruchetta sandwich and greg had a decent cheeseburger) Isn’t it funny that a burger restaurant like red robin can’t compare to fast food like In-n-out or 5 guys? After dinner we called it a night. Waking up at 4am and a 1 hour time change can make one extremely tired!

These are images from the big cat sanctuary and the side of the road… I mean isn’t it beautiful!

 

Looking at all of the Colorado pictures makes me so sad… I cut my hair after this trip and I miss my long hair so bad! (Oh, and because I want to go back to Colorado).

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Colorado Vacation Overview

My long awaited Colorado vacation is finally upon us! Well actually as I write this it is almost over.. 😦

I have been debating weather or not to post each day of the trip, and ultimately decided to hold off until I got home for a few reasons. One, I’m on vacation and should be enjoying it! Two, we only brought Greg’s computer and his photo editing programs don’t support my 5d’s RAW files,and I really didn’t want to post with out the awesome photos I have been taking… I mean I almost NEVER post without pictures… However, I didn’t want to leave my readers completely in the dark (Hi readers!) so I decided to give a quick vacation overview πŸ™‚

Day One (May 16th)

  • We left Orange County at 6:45 am and arrived in Denver at 10am.

Me waiting on the plane… (4:45am

  • Once we had our rental car (enterprise completely did a bate-and-switch on us) NEVER will I use them again!
  • We had lunch at Chick-fil-a (they are every where out here!)
  • We went to a Big Cat Sanctuary

  • We drove into Colorado Springs, Checked into our hotel and called it an early night

Day Two (May 17th)

  • We went to Garden of the Gods (One of my Favorite things by far)

  • We visited a replica western village
  • We visited the Cliff Dwellings (and had some yummy fudge)

  • We had dinner at Olive Garden and tried this AMAZING WINE (Roscato) I don’t like wine, but I loved it!

Day Three (May 18th)

  • We took the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peek

  • We visited Garden Of the Gods again (see I loved it!)

  • Stargazing at Garden of the Gods

Day Four (May 19th)

  • We ran a 5k (1000 ft elevation over 2 miles!) I had trouble running at high altitude

  • We went to the Zoo (Now that is 2 zoo’s off our zoo in every state list!)
  • We visited the William Rodgers Shrine

  • Went to a Historic Grave Yard
  • We packed 😦

 

  • Went to a comedy club

Day Five (May 20th) –Tentative–

  • One last drive around Garden of the Gods
  • Drive into Denver
  • Banjo Billy’s Denver Tour
  • Denver’s Botanical Gardens
  • Home 😦

I am in love with Colorado, we leave tomorrow at 9pm and I am honestly so sad that we are leaving… I could stay here forever. I felt at home here and I love how active of a state it is! Never in a million years could I have even seen myself leaving California… that is until now… I am really heartbroken to leave Colorado behind…

[We’re actually home now… but I thought this post was worth it. Stay tuned for updates from each day!]

9 days til’ Ohio!

My 101 inΒ 1001

Well I finally did it! I finished my 101 list, and I am excited to get it underway. You can check the list out, above or click HERE. Check back for my post about how they are going, and the finished tasks. Goodnight for now!

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