Denver & Colorado

I live in and LOVE Denver. As much as I enjoy traveling, I am so happy to call Denver home. There is always something to do in this city! From racing to restaurants, there’s something here for everyone.

Here, you’ll find posts about my favorite things to do in Denver/Colorado.

Red Rocks: Workouts / Film on the Rocks

2011 Denver Out of the Darkness Walk

Bike Riding on the Cherry Creek Path

A Bachelorette Weekend in Vail

Denver Patio Ride

Canvas & Cocktails, Girls Night at Canvas and Cocktails!

Tease Studio (Pole fitness class!)

Bella Glass Studios

First Fridays: True Love Shoes  & Infinite Monkey Theorem

Indoor Skydiving

Yelp! Denver Events: Monster MashUp, Elite Event at Capital Grille

Rugby Games at Infinity Park

Gun Safety Class at Cherry Creek State Park

Get Out and PLAY! Colorado is one giant playground for people who love to be active and explore. 

Coloradocation (Part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

Glacading at St. Mary’s Glacier

Birthdaycation in Breckenridge! (part 1, part 2)

Learning to Winter Camp (part 1)

Denver Eats! There is no shortage of great food in this city.

Izakaya Den Sushi

India Oven

Banzai Sushi

Bull And Bush

Dining Out Paleo: Chipotle, HBurger, Garbanzo

Euclid Hall

Car Camping under a (Nearly) Super Moon

Gordon Gulch Camping, Nederland, CO // lgsmash.com
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My brother and his girlfriend are living in Boulder for the next few months and, even before they parked their van in Colorado, they’d told us they wanted to go camping. With a free weekend and promise of a giant full moon, we scouted a nearby area to go car camping for their first mountain camping experience.

After a failed attempt at finding a spot off the Hessie and Fourth of July trailheads, we lucked out with a spot at Gordon Gulch Dispersed Camping Area. We set up our tents and spent the night goofing off, sharing snacks and swapping stories.

While we had a really fun night playing cards, tossing a football and watching the pup chase squirrels, I would not come back to Gordon Gulch for car camping. You can’t judge books by their covers but neighboring campsites did not seem to be car camping for the same reason we were; they seemed more…transient. I couldn’t shake the uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach as we turned in for the night and spent most of my night awake.

Our trip concluded without an incident but as I was looking up the exact name of our campground, I came across this news story from last May where 2 campers were stabbed by a homeless man in Gordon Gulch; the police chief acknowledges ‘Gordon Gulch [...] has been the scene of many assaults, a couple of murders and a couple of suicides.‘ Uneasy feeling validated and next time, we’ll do a bit more ‘backup plan’ research before settling in for the night.

But to end this blog post on a happy note, Philly’s second ever camping experience went swimmingly! I’ve never seen her so excited, so in her element. She ran around like a young puppy and wagged her tail more than I’ve ever seen. A huge triumph over her last camping experience when she spent a solo night in the woods…maybe we do have a real mountain dog on our hands after all!

Lovin’ on Trail Runnin’

Trail Run Love // lgsmash.com

It’s not a secret that my running has been sporadic. I run when I feel like it and find something else to do when I don’t. The problem lies in the fact that if I’m running, I’d rather be running on mountain trails than city streets. I can’t quite motivate myself to get out of bed in the morning to run on concrete sidewalks very often!

Trail Run Love // lgsmash.com

Not running but a cool photo of what *should* have been a trail run.

Trail running is so much prettier than road running. More challenging, more exciting. It’s not about how fast you go but how hard you work – and you work hard to climb those hills! Trail Run Love // lgsmash.com

I blame Heidi for my current lust – to use her term, she ‘runabled’ me into trail running a couple of years ago and it’s still something I enjoy doing (and many of my trail runs include Heidi!).

I trail run when I can and run ‘urban trails’ when I can’t get west. Living in the city presents a bit of a challenge to regular trail running – but, like anything, if it’s important and you love it, you find a way to make it work.

Trail Run Love // lgsmash.com

So I’m finding random, local trails during the week and driving west on my weekends to run in the foothills; I hope someday I can convince my trail running friends to take me to a legit mountain to run. But until then, I’ll keep exploring the nearby trails and get my fix locally.

Basic Mountaineering School: High Peak Graduation Climb (Citadel/Pettingell Traverse)

We did it!! We finished mountaineering school!! After 3.5 months of Basic Mountaineering School at the Colorado Mountain Club, our class came to a close this weekend with our High Peak Graduation Climb. This climb is a student-led trip, designed … Continue reading

Basic Mountaineering School: Third Rock Day (Boulder Flatiron Multi-Pitch Climb)

WHAT A DAY! Sunday was our ‘final’ field day for Basic Mountaineering School. Technically, class is now over; the final 2 field days are ‘invite only’ and will mark the true end of BMS. From the beginning, 3rd Rock Day … Continue reading