My Bachelorette Party Details!

bachelorette party clocktower denver

Oh my goodness you guys. My bachelorette party was so much fun! I went with the best girls and we had a blast. It was also so tiring! I think we walked 17,000 steps in one day. My feet are still recovering. We did everything from a baseball game to hiking the Flatirons in Boulder!

Thursday Ghost Tour

Everyone flew in on Thursday and my Maid of Honor, Jessica, set up the Airbnb and party space for the weekend (she did an amazing job by the way!) She had super fun balloons, confetti, photo props a freaking PINATA, and tons of snacks to munch on at 2am.

That evening we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant downtown followed by an awesome bar hop ghost tour around Denver. We met up at an Irish pub that used to be part of a huge network of, ahem, brothels. Apparently Denver was founded on booze and prostitution based on the history I learned. After that, we went to a few other places, and no Mom, I didn’t drink at each one! We ended at Union Station where our tour guide pulled back a rug on the floor to reveal a grate that you could see through. He shown a flash through it and there was a dusty old chair sitting on the floor below us. Its illegal to remove the chair because city officials are concerned there’s a spirit of a child attached to it. So there it sits. FREAKY!

Friday Hiking

So note-to-self: hiking in Denver means something totally different than in Texas. We booked a hiking excursion to Boulder, CO in the Flatirons. First of all, it’s gorgeous up there! I could have stayed. But a hike TO the Flatirons is harder than I would have thought. We went on a 4 hour, mostly uphill hike. It was 3.5 miles long. It was the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done!

hiking in flatirons

My cousin skipped out on this little adventure so Jessica, Laila, Erica and I braved the trail with our tour group. It was absolutely beautiful up there. The air smelled amazing and we even saw a chipmunk! Darn those things are cute! We got back down the mountain slowly but surely. We’ve never been so sore! We were all covered in dirt and couldn’t get in the shower fast enough when we got back to our Airbnb.

That evening we went to a winery that was fantastic and had the best cheese board and wine flights. I discovered that both my cousin and I are passionate about cheese. Must run in the family. We also went to a Colorado Rockies game! I was so proud I resisted the temptation to eat all of the ballpark food ever!

Saturday Celebration

Saturday we went and toured the Hammonds Candy Factory and it smelled amazing! Like wow. Sugar in the air! After that we started prepping for the evening’s festivities.

We went to the Ella Bliss Beauty Bar and were pampered with the best pedicures ever and lots of rose (courtesy of my cousin!) I honestly could have stayed there all day. Highly recommend if you’re ever in Denver! After pedicures, we went downtown to 16th Street Mall for some shopping and dinner before heading back to the Airbnb to begin our night around town!

We seriously had so much fun and I can’t thank my friends enough for coming! And no, I will not be hiking again for awhile. Haha!

Travel Edition: The Colorado Rockies

The summer after my freshman year in college my family took a road trip to the Colorado Rockies in early May. We drove 35 hours from Maryland to Denver, CO with a few stops along the way.

Road Trip!

We stopped off in Columbus, OH. We stayed for a few days to tour the zoo. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by the zoo (although it is famous) but the people were great. I like Ohioans for their friendly but not overly friendly attitudes. It’s the good part of the midwest.

After Ohio we made our way to St. Louis, MO. We have family that lives in the area and we were lucky enoughCousins_fun to visit them for a few days before going on to Colorado. My dad’s family took us all over the city before we headed to another part of MO to stay with my dad’s brother and see his grandkids. Aren’t family reunions nice? Sometimes? Well, they are for us! We enjoy getting together and talking about old memories while making new ones. Both sets of my grandparents are dead so any memories our parents have of them the kids cling to. It’s nice to know where your roots are.

From Missouri we headed across the great state of Kansas. Tumble_weedsSeriously, this state is rather dull. 15 hours across the place and I saw nothing but prairie. Beautiful honestly, but I couldn’t do the drive again. We saw old sod houses in the middle of nowhere, tumbleweeds blowing across the highway, prairie grass on fire, and two tornados. Ok, we didn’t see the tornados per se, but we had to outrun them twice knowing they were close by. We saw a bunch of storm chasers heading towards them though, which was neat. It was hot out there and the climate was perfect for tornados!

Driving_in_the_snowOnce we got into Colorado the weather changed. It went from 84 degrees to 25 degrees! It started to snow! When we got to our hotel in Denver I jumped out of the car in flip flops. People stared at me  until I changed into my warm Ugg boots.

The next day we went up in the mountains. What a drive. I’ve never done anything like it. I thought the mountains in New York state were big but compared to the Rockies they’re little hills! We climbed rocks and took photos. We saw wildlife in their habitat munching on the thawing ground. We couldn’t hike too far for the simple reason that most of the trails were under 9 feet of snow!

We found a little town called Estes Park towards the base of the mountain. It was so quaint and just a lovely place to be during the day! So many pretty antique shops and interior decorating stores! Lots of adorable clothing stores as well as many yummy places to eat. There was also a small river that ran behind all the shops and we got coffee and cocoa from the local Starbucks to drink while taking a break from the day.

On the drive back home we stopped one last time to see our family before heading back. It was one of those vacations where absolutely nothing was expected but that’s what made it exciting. Memories are what life is made of.

Enjoy the photos!

~Liz

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