Saturday, October 6, 2012

Mile High City

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. 

Larimer Square
Here's to Denver. Cheers!
More trivia for you...did you know that Denver is the fittest city in the US? 
Me neither.
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. 
Yellow everywhere.

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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. 
RIP Fluffy.

My friend S is a fantastic mother and wonderful friend. 
I'm so thankful to have her and her daughter in my life again. 
This time I'm holding on tighter!


LWLH said...

Denver looks beautiful, so glad you had a good time :)

Aspgriswold said...

Looks like a great trip!!

Natasha Ting said...

wow, one mile above sea level.. that's high! and congrats on your wonderful friendship. good friends are hard to find :) as i grow i come closer and closer to realize that.

{the Picablocks}

Becky said...

Hooray for coming to my state! Denver is such a fun city and Colorado is such an incredible state to live! Glad to see you were able to take full advantage of the fall beauty out here during your trip! And just fyi-it's snowing here right now ;)

KrystennMarie said...

Hi there! I'm a new GFC follower. I found you because of the ornament swap from Living in Yellow. I love those pictures, have a wonderful weekend!

Shauna said...

Woah ... Those pictures are great, and looks like a great time you had! Happy weekend xx said...

Newest follower here! Cute post, I can't wait to read more!

Whitney@SomethingBroughtYouHere said...

Looks gorgeous. I live in Utah so we are pretty similar to Colorado. You definitely get used to the elevation. Sounds like a great time!

Amy @ Not Your Average Baby Blog said...

This is such a sweet post, love it. And RIP Fluffy : (

Looks like you had a great time! What a gorgeous city!

Alynne Leigh said...

Beautiful pictures! (:

I'm so glad you were able to meet up with your long lost friend!

Love your blog!


Amy said...

SUch a fun post. I love Denver too, though I haven't been there in many years. FB connected me with a friend I hadn't spoken to in 8 years recently! I had lost touch with her (we both moved, didn't have phone numbers or email for each other anymore, etc.) I had been searching for her on and off for all those years and finally found her on FB. Gotta love it :) - Amy

Anni said...

Stopping by from the "Weekend Blog Walk" - new follower :)


Ashley said...

Your pictures are gorgeous! It looks like a fabulous weekend-- very fall :) New follower!

Christa @ said...

Such a sweet post.
I've never been to Denver, but I've always wanted to go.

Looks so beautiful!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

This gets me so excited - we are headed to Denver for Christmas. Granted everything will probably be covered in snow, but I know I'm going to want to move there... fingers crossed the snow changes my mind :)

Toni Rapp said...

We are moving to Colorado in a few years and I can't wait! Such a beautiful, fun place with plenty of clean air and outside activities...

Robin said...

Such a beautiful trip & your pictures display its beauty wonderfully! Denver looks incredible! I went to college in the mountains of Arizona, love the mountains :)

Janna Renee said...

My neck of the woods ;) We are actually higher than Denver, which surprised me when we moved to the Springs. I definitely love this area!

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