Cannot believe the road trip to Colorado was a week now – my that flew by!
Enjoy a lil recap of my first week living in beautiful Denver!
My parents and I only had a three hour drive to go from Ogallala to Denver so we arrived to my new home about 11:30am. I am staying with my cousin at her 2 BR, 2 BA condo in downtown Denver. The place is super cute and has awesome amenities that I love (pool, hot tub, grills, fitness center, etc). The area is right on the edge of downtown and right next to running and biking trails. Yes please!! In love with my new home and neighborhood. Could not have asked for anything better!
When we were feeling settled we headed over to Union Station to enjoy a celebratory cocktail at Terminal Bar. What a cool bar concept! I chose to go with a Moskow Mule and it was OH so refreshing
After we finished our drinks we headed over to Denver ChopHouse & Brewery for family dinner night. We have family on my dad’s side that lives in Lafayette but turns out our other relatives in Iowa were moving their son to Denver at the exact same time! Great minds our fam has! So once we put that together they decided to stay in town one more night to join us for dinner. Lots of Fontana’s calls for an amazing dinner! And the food (and wine) were incredible too.
After din my cuz and I were feeling good so we decided to tear up the town! We went bar hopping to Front Porch, The Roosevelt, Gaslamp, Maloneys, Retro Room, Gin Mill, and Comedy Works. In with a bang I guess. I’m still pooped like a week later ha. That will NOT be a common occurrence!
My first full day in Denver did not disappoint. I obviously had to get out and go exploring. Crazy moving to a whole new area and having no idea where you are ha! So I went on a run in Commons Park, which is conveniently right across the street!
The scenery was amazing and I felt so happy! Well – except my lungs. I made it 3.5 miles and was breathing pretty heavy. I guess it’s gonna take a bit to get acclimated grr.
When my cousin got off work we headed over to check out The District – in more of the Uptown area. She knows the GM there and I was considering working there. It’s nice it’s out of the hustle of downtown and the people and menu are amazing. It is a little bit of a drive for me though and if I want to make some good cash I started making a list of some other options closer to home. One that stood out was ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop so we decided to head over there so I could check it out first-hand. What a cool concept for a bar! Super sporty and focuses on outdoor, healthy lifestyle, volleyball, bags, fitness/yoga classes, run club, outdoor movies, game day – I could go on. My type of environment! Sooo I grabbed an application and was told to come back in the next afternoon to meet the manager
A pretty epic day indeed! Turns out my good college friend who I played soccer with and lived together senior year lives right across the river from me! Of course I knew she was in Denver but had no idea we’d live so close! We grabbed coffee and lunch at Rooster & Moon Coffee Pub – super cute place and highly recommend. We then headed over to Wash Park for a nice walk.
After the walk I was ready to go back in to Viewhouse to hopefully meet the manager! I only had to wait about 15 mins before she was ready to interview me. Not gonna lie I was extremely nervous! Simply because I have NO restaurant experience unless hosting when I was 16 counts?! She mentioned they typically look for 2-3 years experience when hiring servers but she would be will to start me as a food runner. Hopefully I can catch on quick, prove myself, and work my way up asap! Sooo yeah I got myself a job! Since I forgot my ss card and passport in my filing system in Minnesota (like an idiot) I can’t start until I have my document. First day is next Thurs, 3/10 – kinda pumped!
Of course we had to go get a celebratory marg (or 3 hehe) on the way home so we stopped at Rio Grande. Yummy margs
After Rio we headed home and Jess’ fiance came over for a bit. This was my third time meeting him as he is from Colorado, but it was really nice to actually get to know him more. He is a sweetheart and so perfect for her. Cannot wait for her bachelorette party in Breckenridge in a few weekends! I can actually go as I live here haha!
My other friend from growing up was randomly in town on business so she swung by too. Man I felt like a lucky lady getting to spend time with so many familiar faces!
The body has been hurting quite a bit so I made an appointment to see the chiropractor. I was seeing one on the regular back in Minnesota ever since tweaking my neck in a fender bender back in Sept. Turns out one of my doctor’s former roomies works at a place Denver Sports Recovery, which is only a half a mile from me! Meant to be! I feel like I’m in super good hands as they work specifically with athletes and are the chiro of choice for the Broncos and Rockies. Who knows who I’ll run in to there? 😉
After my initial session I went on a little run heading the other way – Confluence Park. Went down past the Elitch Gardens (theme and waterpark in downtown!) and saw Sports Authority Field (or is it called Mile High Stadium?) where the Broncos play. Don’t judge – I’m new here!
Turns out one of my best friends (Emily) works right across from where I live so she swung over to say hi on her lunch break. How convenient!
For dinner, the roomie and I grilled some chicken to add to a fresh salad. We then enjoyed catching up on “Better Call Saul”. Was nice to have a healthy, relaxing evening (my fav!).
It was so nice to meet up with a Coeur Sports teammate for my first bike ride in Colorado! We met at Alchemy Bicycle and headed over to the Cherry Creek trail. I was nervous to see how my lungs would do but she went pretty easy on me. Just a bit of coughing on a few of the hills! Seriously cannot wait to feel acclimated.
What a beautiful ride indeed! Guess what guys?! I LIVE HERE! Ahhhh!
After biking, I had to pop over to DSW for work shoes and could not freaking decide between these two. They are way too similiar and I am not good with decisions like this. If I ever find my SOULmate – please remind me to never have a traditional wedding! Way too overwhelming.
I then swung over to Target to grab some essentials for organizing my move. Spent the next few hours rearranging my new digs.
Emily then picked me up and we headed to Sculpt at CorePower Yoga. Absolutely love this class as it combines yoga with strength and cardio – if you know me at all you know I love me some total body workouts!!
At night I simply made another salad and watched the FLA vs COL hockey game. Yep – my new 2nd fav team (after the MN Wild of course). Love hittin the “hay” early! Why do they call it that??
I planned to wake up bright and early to get to 6am C2 yoga. BUT during the middle of the night a bad sore throat ensued. I popped some cough drops and sprayed with Chloraseptic but still – it hurt. I think it’s all the dry air I’m not used to yet I still woke up to my 5:12am alarm (I enjoy setting it for funky times – don’t judge) but after contemplating how I was feeling I decided I didn’t want to risk getting sicker. Sleep and health are more important that one yoga class (most times).
Got ready and headed over to Zoe Ma Ma Coffee Shop at Union Station to meet Helene Kwong for coffee. Was SO nice to meet her in-person as we had been connecting virtually on social media for the past few months.
Since this was my last “free” weekend before starting work I decided to take full advantage of it and get outta town! My good friend moved to Vail late last fall so I decided to visit her. After coffee I packed up and took off to avoid the traffic as I heard it is horrendous. Made good timing and headed straight to Vail Village to meet up with my friend!
She had a few other friends who were in town and has also made friends with a nice group of people. We spent that day and evening at a few restaurants and bars in Vail (Vendetta’s, Blu Cow, The George). On our way home we swung into Vail Brewing Company for a beer as my friend knew someone working there. They also had a food truck so we took full advantage
We work up bright and early and headed to the mountain! Grabbed some breakfast in the village and hit the slopes! My friend skiis and I “converted” to snowboarding in high school. Freakin love snowboarding and have never looked back!
Cannot believe it had been FIVE years since boarding in the mountains. I have been to Lutsen and Michigan within the past few years but nothing compares to actual mountains. Let’s just say I was a bit rusty and wound up smacking my face on the ground somehow! I was a bit rattled but it’s not too bad (don’t worry mom!). I thought it was kinda funny as I recently acquired my first black eye from a surf board in Maui – and now I have a little shiner on the other one from a snowboard. Is someone trying to tell me to avoid board sports geez?! Never!
Since I needed a lil break we grabbed a quick drink and headed over to the halfpipe for the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships. It was a PACKED house but superrr fun to see in-person! Even saw Shaun White’s final ride to seal first place! He is ridiculous. So inspiring.
After skiing/snowboarding we grabbed a slice of pizza and continued the fun with her friends. It was a crazy busy time in Vail because of the event and they even had a free street concert that night. I had a blast in that beautiful mountain town.
Welp – I’d say that’s a pretty EPIC 1st week in Colorado. Cannot wait to see what adventures I can get myself in to!
Any suggestions on things to do in Colorado?!