37th Week in Review: Over the Mountains and through the Woods to the Big City

Washington Park, Denver

Washington Park, Denver

This week we got out of our comfort zone and headed into the big city of Denver, Colorado.  If you read this blog regularly, you know that the only big cities we really go to are Phoenix and Washington, DC, because we have family there.  Beyond just not being “city folk”, it is more expensive and more logistically challenging to go into a city with our method of travel.  Luckily, we got connected to Chad with MyVacationRentals.net and were able to stay in a conveniently located apartment for three nights.  If you are ever visiting Denver, I highly recommend this option for accomodations.

We were drawn to Denver to participate in the Meet, Plan, Go National Event and to visit my cousin Sarah and my friend Tammi.  Denver was great for all of those reasons and more.  Today we will head north slowly, staying in Arvada tonight and visiting with friends in Boulder.  We also look forward to touring our favorite breweries in Longmont and Fort Collins.  At the end of the month we will head south to visit friends and explore Canon City and Grand Junction.  We are open to opportunities after that as the cold weather descends on much of the U.S. and our camping options become more limited.  Suggestions anyone?

Hours volunteered: 5 hours (combined) at the SAME Cafe in Denver

States: 2 – Utah – Moab; & Colorado – Fruita, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Silverthorne, Denver

Budget: over – Jay finally bought new shoes to replace his extremely worn out ones with “speed holes”.  We also had to buy quite a bit of gas to get from Grand Junction to Denver

People Visited: Pat and Cindy Kennedy, Sarah Nystrom

Nights under the stars: 3 – Hittle Bottom Campground, North Fruita Desert, BLM campground on the Colorado River near Dotsero, CO

Best meal:  Pork loin with onions and potatos and salad prepared at home by my cousin Sarah (who is a professional chef).

Shout out to Pat and Cindi Kennedy for more great food in the form of lunch and leftovers!  We were particularly fond of the smoked salmon.

Best beer:  all of the beer at Great Divide Brewery was awesome.  Sharon’s pick is the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti and Jay’s pick is the Double IPA

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