Now presenting… MAROON BELLS

Maroon Bells are the most photographed mountains in all of Colorado. Our bus driver told us on the shuttle to the scenic area. And for GOOD. ASS. REASON.

The Maroon Bells are two mountains, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, that look like bells! They are maroon/purple in color, because they are made of mudstone, instead of the typical granite and limestone found in many other mountains in the Rockies. I read this online, and sharing here so you don’t have to!
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Twin Lakes, Colorado

Introduction note: I am going to try pretty hard not to get lapped chronologically on my blog posts. I am currently in June of 2017… and it is currently June of 2018… so get ready for some PHOTOGRAPHS!

Before June 2017, I had been to Twin Lakes before, briefly. When I visited Kristen in May of 2015, we drove along 70 to Glenwood Springs and hiked Hanging Lake!!!(why haven’t I posted about this yet?)!!! The next day we went down to Aspen, and on our way back out of the mountains, we drove through Twin Lakes. But it was mainly that, we just drove through.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park in a day

The month is June 2017. Summer is approaching as Amy returns from a small trip back to Pennsylvania for a work conference and her birthday. Anxiety and the need to travel creep in like they do just about every weekend that’s calling for nice weather.

Ok enough of that strange narrative speak… but that’s the scene as I approached the first weekend in June last year, and I had a list of places I wanted to explore in Colorado. One of them was the last of the 4 national parks in Colorado that I had yet to visit: Great Sand Dunes National Park.
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San Francisco Botanical Garden

A few months ago, I combined a trip to Yosemite and San Francisco. I posted some snapshots of the two days in San Francisco here back in May! And I shared some photos of my time in Yosemite here!

What I didn’t share yet is my excessive photos of flowers from our trip to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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Opting Outside this Black Friday

Last year in Colorado, Kristen and I decided to avoid any Black Friday messiness and go to the mountains. Not that we previously had many shopping outings, but it felt really great to  me to decidedly choose to join the #OptOutside movement and say no to insane consumerism.
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Ricketts Glen State Park

Now that I’m back on the east coast, I sadly do not have access to as many national parks as I once did… I basically live in a national park desert. IT’S TERRIBLE. But really, I was very lucky to travel to so many national parks during my year in the west and I am missing them dearly, BUT Pennsylvania is not a waste land – there is plenty of beauty all over this little state.
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