With planning our trip, Stephen knew the majority of places and hikes he wanted to take me to but we also have a lot of friends from CO who were major helps in planning the trip. We knew we wanted to see as many "big" cities in CO as we could so we ended up devising a mountain road trip; Denver -> Vail -> Glenwood Springs -> Apsen -> Breckenridge. This actually worked out perfectly as most of the cities were only 1-2 hours apart and we were able to make stops for the longer ones.
I will warn you, all of my posts will probably be pretty picture heavy - I was a FL girl in the mountains for the first time ;)
It was cheaper for us to fly out of Ft Lauderdale than Orlando so after work on Friday, we loaded up and headed down to my BIL & SIL's house so they could take us to the airport in the morning. It was fun catching up and getting to see our niece again! Saturday morning, we were up early and ready to go! I must admit, I was quite anxious the first day because I had no idea how we'd react to the higher altitude once we were outside of Denver.
We arrived in Denver around lunch time so Stephen wanted to take me to his favorite pizza place in the area he works at when he travels up to CO for business. It was super delicious and once we were stuffed, we drove around and saw the areas he hung out the most during his internships. Afterwards, I was exhausted so we headed over to our hotel right outside of downtown Denver in Cherry Creek for a quick nap before heading out for dinner. We didn't realize the ah-mazing shopping that Cherry Creek had - had we known that, we would've gotten out the door faster!
We ate dinner at North Italia (which was delicious) before heading over to Wash Park to see the sunset. After walking around Wash Park, we went back to the hotel in hopes for a good night sleep because we had a big day on Sunday!
Day 2 was going to be our biggest day but we knew if we could conquer it, we'd be fine the rest of the trip! More to come...
Linking up with Biana.