When I flew into Denver a few weeks ago, I'd never heard it referred to as "the mile-high city". So it was a little trivia for me to learn that Denver got its nickname because it's exactly one mile above sea level. That's pretty high. Must've been why I was gasping for air on my runs.
Elevation gets me every time.
Running Trail at Cherry Creek
I guess I should start from the beginning and tell you why the heck I was in Denver in the first place. Well...I went to see about a girl.
No, not like that.
This girl has been my best friend since our freshman year in high school. We stayed very close through college but drifted apart when she got married and I continued on with single life. About 8 months ago, we reconnected on Facebook (gotta love FB). Since I hadn't seen her or her daughter in about 5 years, I made the trek to visit them in Denver.
Let me start by saying...oh, how I fell in love with Denver! If hubby and I weren't cemented to Northern California for our jobs, I'd be house hunting at the moment. It was a spectacular city with tons of clean, nice neighborhoods, great shopping and lots of healthy dining options.
Not to mention the beauty and endless opportunities to do fun things outdoors.
Here's to Denver. Cheers!
More trivia for you...did you know that Denver is the fittest city in the US?
But it's true!
Peeps are way into the outdoors in those parts and Fall is the best time to get active.
The foliage was stunning.
Hiking at Pike's Peak
My trip to Denver was amazing but the best part was the quality time that I got to spend with S and her daughter G. We packed the days full of fun activities and spent the evenings chatting about life and boys while drinking wine. I'm truly blessed to have the kind of friendship where we can miss an entire half decade of each other's lives and just pick back up where we left off.
Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention my time getting to know G. She was only 3 years old last time I saw her so I didn't get a sense for the kind of person she would grow up to be. Now I know. She is so smart, funny and tenacious...not to mention beautiful. It was fun learning about the things she's into and some of her quirks. It worries me a little that she is so adult-like and wise beyond her years.
But maybe she's just an old soul.
There was one tragedy on my trip. G's pet hamster met an untimely death and we had to say goodbye and bury him in the yard. I was elected to be the grave digger which was no easy feat since all we had was a snow shovel. But I managed it. G and her friends painted rocks as a headstone.
My friend S is a fantastic mother and wonderful friend.
I'm so thankful to have her and her daughter in my life again.