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

Local Product I Love: Stonewear Designs

Twitter is a beautiful thing. I’ve met a number of ‘real life’ friends through tweeting. I’ve learned about breaking news from my Twitter feed. I’ve followed along and nodded my head in agreement with thousands of my closest friends during episodes of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. And I’ve discovered really cool, smaller brands with big personality on Twitter. Stonewear Designs is one such brand.

I can’t remember how or when I first came upon Stonewear – it was somewhere between devouring tweets about other people’s recent adventures and tweeting about devouring Dominos Pizza on a Friday night, I’m sure. #RealLife

What I first loved about Stonewear was their mission: a women’s clothing company designing functional and cute athletic clothes that made a gal feel GOOD about what she’s wearing. Stonewear clothes have a flair of femininity that I didn’t realize I wanted in athletic clothes until I put it on. I mean, why CAN’T my running tights have a reflective strip that’s also a pretty detail? Why shouldn’t my zip up jacket flatter my body rather than feel like it is boxy and too wide? Everything is made with high-quality fabric that has retained it’s shape and fit through many workouts and weekend trips.

The fact that Stonewear is also based out of Colorado, just up the road from Denver in Louisville, is another win for me. I’ve always tried to support local small businesses when possible and now, after working at a small business and living the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a successful business, I am even more a champion for shopping local. I love knowing Stonewear clothes are designed in Louisville and manufactured in the USA.

Local Product I Love: Stonewear Designs // lgsmash.com

You’ll be seeing a few product reviews in the future on some of my most favorite Stonewear items; right now, I’m totally in love with the hot yoga shorts. Super cute tie detail, no see-through fabric and withstands intense Corepower Yoga classes.

But don’t take my word for it! Head to Twitter tomorrow afternoon to discover a smaller, kick ass women’s clothing company, just like I did. Stonewear Designs is hosting a twitter party today at 11 a.m. MST where one lucky participant will win a Stonewear top or bottom. (If you win, I highly recommend the Sprinter Capri!). Just check in with @Stonewear and follow the #livestonewearadventures tag tomorrow to chat about solo adventures as a woman for your chance to win.

Catch ya on the Twitterz!

Showing My Momma A Colorado Weekend

This past weekend, my mom came to visit me and my brother. My brother, Chris, is only here for another couple of weeks before he and his girlfriend head back to Chicago. We jokingly asked if she wanted to try camping while she visited and, surprisingly, she enthusiastically said yes!

We planned to meet up with our friends, Lucas, Nancy and Justin, who spent Friday night in 11 Mile Canyon, a Colorado State Park 50ish miles west of Colorado Springs. We met up with them on Saturday morning at Elevenmile Dome in the canyon and harnessed up. We could not have asked for better weather – sunny, mild temps, slight breeze. We truly lucked out with another quintessential fall day in Colorado (see also: Boulder Canyon climbing!).

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com

We climbed Moby Grape, a really fun dihedral rated at 5.7, and Happy Trails, an interesting and slabby route rated at 5.6 (but feels like it should be rated higher). Lucas is the only lead climber in our group so he lead both routes and set up top rope anchors for the rest of us.

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com

Happy Trails

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com

Happy Trails

 

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com

Moby Grape

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com

Late in the afternoon, we broke for lunch and to wait out the overcast clouds that had rolled in. Lucas, Nancy and Justin found a solid campsite the night before and, because we were car camping, we arrived to camping luxuries like a real campstove, extra chairs around the fire ring and chips and salsa waiting for us in a cooler.

Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.comClimbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com We spent the evening playing with the slingshot, throwing sticks to excited pups and sharing laughs over beers around the fire. My mom, who’d never been camping, was a real trooper and had a great time in the great outdoors. It was really special to show my mom how Alex and I (and Chris and Jenna!) like spending our Colorado weekends – she sees all of our adventure photos online but having the opportunity to share the adventure with her was priceless.
Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com In the morning, we iced the luxurious camping cake with pancakes, sausage and bacon for breakfast. Heavenly! More laughing in the cool October air over warm camp coffee was the perfect Sunday morning, in my book.
Climbing in 11 Mile Canyon // lgsmash.com We packed up camp and headed back down the canyon soon after breakfast. Lucas, Nancy and Justin opted to climb a multi-pitch route before heading back to town while my family and I headed back into Denver to spend the last few hours of my mom’s visit doing things she wanted to do – eating meals as a family, hanging out and spending precious quality time together.

As usually is the case, saying goodbye early Monday morning was really sad. Family trips seem to feel shorter as I get older; like they say, you don’t know what you got till it’s gone. Or, at least, not living in the same city as you. Seeing my family less makes our visits that much more special to me and I savor the moments together.

Okay, sappy family stuff over, back to the canyon: I’m definitely a fan of 11 Mile Canyon and hope to get back soon for more climbing and camping. We just missed peak ‘leaf peeping’ season but I can only imagine how stunning the canyon is when it’s canvassed in golds and bright yellows.