I could talk seven ways to Sunday about the beauty and lifestyle around Colorado. We have terrific friends that live in lovely Boulder, CO. Needless to say if we get a chance we’re out there. To hear everyone talk about what trail they want to bike/run or where they want to camp out for the weekend is absolutely refreshing.
Downtown Boulder is somewhat of a more fancy version of Athens, GA, with a far prettier backdrop. The bars, the food, the people, all worth soaking in. We were fortunate our flight got us in early Friday, allowing us a chance to take full advantage of rooftop happy hours. No way could we have asked for better weather.
Boulder, Colorado by the numbers:
– 1 river rafted. Greetings Arkansas River. Water temp was a balmy 50. I was super freaked to raft (long story) and sure as shi* we hit our first rapid and our little friend “goes for a swim.” She was back in the raft in no time, but it was a good enough scare.
– 5 people biking to downtown Boulder for a nom nom dinner. Only had one causality on the way back, blame clip-ins and Reef bottle-open flip-flops.
– 18 happy campers. The spot we squatted on, there are no words. It was wide open, by a creek, a whole mountainside to ourselves. It took 9,000 hours to find it, but totally worth it.
– 0 dollars is what it cost for the amazing camping spot.
– Bajillion slaps o’ Franzen. Those wine bags were surriously abused.
– 3 complaints on the how ridiculous I looked with my Osprey pack as I schlepped through midtown ATL hauling it for our flight.
– 30 minutes spent trapped at the beautiful, but tourist-heavy Garden of the Gods.
– 1 moonrise. Have you ever seen a moon come up like the sun? Peaceful.
– 6 straws for one Strawberry Bourbon Milkshake, total awesomeness.
For camping, it’s surprisingly easy to eat well. Here’s what we did:
– Bring a small Coleman gas stove. You’ll have fire but this bad boy can help make some easy quick sides, like couscous. Or eggs and bacon in the AM.
– Aluminum foil is your BFF. One little square + olive oil + salt + pepper + red potatoes = heaven on the fire. One bold camper even made pork loin, super easy!
– Ziplocs rock. We marinated chicken by dropping chicken and dressing in a bag before we left for the campsite. Perfect time for all those juices to sink in.
– Fire heats. Crazy, I know. Bring some homemade cornbread made in advance and use the fire to reheat.
– Marshmallows are a must, nuff said.
And in closing, for this Thirsty Thursday, I bring you the latest edition of Mikey Likey.
Mikey Likey— by the looks of this pic, it seems Spongebob Squarepant’s new home will be ready in a few
years weeks. Look at Mikey getting all organic on us with a homegrown pineapple. It’s cute to boot. Giving nanny’s fresh handpicked strawberries a run for their money, eh?
Anybody else love Colorado as much as I do?! Do you have any yummy camping recipes or good ideas to camp well?