Why I Left Colorado…
When I was 20-years-old, I left my hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado with big dreams and an itty bitty bank account with hopes of building a life out west in California.
After only 9 months, California had sufficiently kicked my ass. I was miserable and broke. The only thing keeping me there was a man I fell madly in love with. As much I loved him, it wasn’t enough to break a promise I made to myself as a young girl; “I will never hold myself back or turn down opportunities because of a man.”
We said our farewells and I decided to gamble on a move to Washington, DC—figuring if I didn’t like it, I’d move back to Colorado in 6 months.
Those 6 months turned in to 6 years. I fell head over heels for the DC Metro area and enjoyed my time there very much.
Eventually, I built a full and lovely life with wonderful friends, an amazing doggo, a safe home, and financial stability.
Then 2020 hit.
Why I Came Back to Colorado…
I’ll spare you all the woe-is-me details but long story short, I lost my job and home in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rather than fight the battle in an expensive city like DC, I took the opportunity to move myself back to Colorado to be close to my family again.
Nothing like a global pandemic to make you realize how important your loved ones are!
While finding employment has been a struggle (as millions others can relate to right now), I have loved being back in one of the most beautiful towns in America.
I’m so excited to bring my dog on all the amazing hikes in the area and travel around my home state that I, admittedly, have not seen much of!
Why I’m Creating a Colorado Bucket List…
With the world still on lockdown, and US citizens not being able to travel abroad any time soon, what better time to explore your own back yard or travel domestically!?
Colorado (and Colorado Springs, in particular) has had a massive influx of new visitors and residents in recent years. Not only because of our marijuana laws, but also, our quality of life.
Because of this influx, many “natives” have become hostile towards new visitors, and rather than sharing the beauty of our home, have decided to assume the roles of gatekeepers.
My perspective is that we are all one family sharing a planet. Travel is something that unifies us and should never be used to keep others out!
Colorado is a beautiful state with so much to offer. I have created a bucket list of the best places and activities in our beautiful state. As I cross these off, I’ll share all the details with you how to best enjoy them, instead of trying to keep the a secret!
In no particular order…
- Take America’s highest suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge
- Visit our most unique national park; Great Sand Dunes
- Enjoy one of Colorado’s most gorgeous and prestigious towns; Telluride. Must do: A trip to Mystic Falls, as well as a ride on the gondola
- Epic lakes to see: Lake Isabelle, Mirror Lake, Emerald Lake, Island Lake, Crater Lake, The Blue Lakes
- Maroon Bells
- Take in the epic sights of the San Juan Mountains
- Go to the top of “America’s Mountain;” Pikes Peak
- Rifle Falls State Park
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
- See a concert at Red Rocks
- Make another trip to one of my CO favorites; Breckenridge and visit our friend, the troll!
- Have a Pinterest worthy picnic in one of our beautiful parks
- Take a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad
- Take in the sights from a hot air balloon
- And how about a helicopter ride as well?
- Crystal Mill hike (definitely when I’m in better shape and have adjusted to the altitude again!)
- Revisit another old family favorite; Estes Park. You’d probably know it as the home of The Stanley Hotel in The Shining
- Get my ass kicked on the infamous Incline
- Go skiing… Because I have to or I’ll lost my “native” card
- Find all the best spots to brunch, as I did in DC #brunchgang
- As well as finding all the best breweries. I mean, come on, it’s COLORADO! We’re known for our beer.
- Find all the best dog friendly spots; eateries, breweries, activities, etc.
- Spend at least a day in our most famous; Rocky Mountain National Park
- And a trip to a grade school field trip favorite; Mesa Verde National Park
- Enjoy a sunset or sunrise at Colorado National Monument Park
Have you been to Colorado?
What are you most excited to learn about on this list?
Have you seen or done anything here that I absolutely cannot miss? Share them in the comments or on my Instagram page!
I’m looking forward to sharing the beauty of my home town and state with you. Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see when I have a new post up!