Colorado: A Summertime Playground

by adwells on August 13, 2013

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In the wintertime, those of us who live in the South often steal away to the likes of Colorado to hit the slopes. Many often enjoy a last snowy hoorah during Spring Break before enduring the sweltering Southern heat. But those wise Coloradoans know something we may not: summertime is the Centennial state’s best-kept secret. In fact, it’s often said about Colorado, “Come for the winter, stay for the summer.” Take it from me, Colorado is pure heaven in the summer.

For the past five days I had the pleasure of enjoying quintessential summertime in the Centennial state with a handful of other writers and bloggers. If you enjoy the wild outdoors and a little adrenaline rush, head to the Rockies for relief from the humid summer heat and a pretty rocking good time. Whether it’s hiking, fishing, biking, rafting, or just enjoying some breathtaking views, Colorado has much to offer this time of year.

While there, not only did I get to meet some really great folks, but I….

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 4.26.03 PM…took a dip at Strawberry Park Hot Springs – nature’s very own hot tub tucked away in the mountains, surrounded by the most gorgeous slopes and Aspen trees.

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 4.24.17 PM…hiked the Flat Tops and enjoyed showstopping views (in a lightning storm no less!).

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 4.27.55 PM…had an AMAZING breakfast (this coming from a non-breakfast lover – it was that good!) at The Paramount in Steamboat Springs.

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…hung out with Bobby Brown the Bull at the Steamboat Pro Rodeo. Obviously mine was the tamest of acts.

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 5.20.32 PMI was also able to spot a moose on the side of the road, not something I get to see every day, to say the least….

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 9.00.55 PM… I drank from the springs for which the town of Steamboat Springs was named.

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 5.22.54 PM…met a donkey (or three).

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 5.23.31 PM…rafted the Upper Colorado River, where the fun is fun and the scenery is even better.

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…drank wine on plush leather sofas while bowling at The Foundry in Winter Park. My kind of bowling alley!

Screen shot 2013-08-13 at 8.56.38 AM…biked downhill with our super patient guide Connor at Trestle Bike Park School. I have to say, I felt like I should have left with some sort of badge of honor. It was hard work, but quite the adrenaline rush!

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 5.26.36 PM…sped down the Alpine Slide (Colorado’s longest) and found my inner child at Winter Park Resort.

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 5.30.06 PM…and ended my stay at Casa Mexico in Winter Park by drinking a little Mexican spirits out of a bull’s hoof. Yes, you read that right.

Colorado didn’t disappoint, to say the least – I’m back home with sore muscles and broadened horizons! So if outdoor adventure in not only tolerable, but pleasant temps is up your alley, hightail it to this little slice of heaven!

2 comments

And don’t forget to rub that hoof for good luck!!!!!

I agree that Colorado doesn’t disappoint.

by Tripwich on August 14, 2013 at 2:03 am. #

Looks like lots of fun! I want to go. . .

by Rita Dove on August 16, 2013 at 6:01 pm. #

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