Colorful Colorado

This week we are missing our Happy Place so let’s take a look at some of our favorite memories and recommendations straight from The Rocky Mountains to you! Start channeling your inner John Denver now. 

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We can all agree hiking is a must while visiting Colorado when snow is not an obstacle. Unfiltered Adventure plus Maureen enjoyed a leasurly hike near our condo in Georgetown. We went for Silver Creek Trail and snapped some selfies along the way.  It was fairly easy and we could all do it together! 

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Leslie went on a family trip to Steamboat Springs where she and her husband Bobby hiked until they ran out of trail.  It was a little challenging in some spots, but not too tough. They appreciated the great views of the waterfalls the whole time! This was a beautiful hike! 

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The Breon family ventured out to Georgetown last summer, Silver Dollar Lake Trail was a must when we learned our parents wanted to hike. This trail is gorgeous, in fact it kind of reminds me of Lord of the Rings minus the hobbits.  The final stretch to the highest lake is a doozy, but the rest is pretty easy going.  I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to hike. 

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When you are up for a challenge you will want to tackle an infamous Fourteener. Colorado has 58 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (known as fourteeners or 14ers to the locals) — the most of any state. Coming from Kansas the elevation is breathtaking. The hike itself is challenging but when you can’t breath while hiking up a mountain things get really interesting! I enjoy stopping every ten steps to gasp for air while a local 9 year old child sprints past me unphased...and barefoot. Coloradians right? My favorite 14er (yes I’m using the slang of the locals) I have hiked is Mount Bierstadt which is located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It was challenging but lush and green which in my opinion provided more pleasing scenery than Quandary Peak which seemed to be primarily bare trees and boulders. Quandary Peak is the highest summit of the Tenmile Range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. 

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Hiking generally segways to a brewery. Staying hydrated is important! Broken Compass Brewery was recommended by a long haired fella in a random ski shop in Breckenridge who was quite fond of the word dude. We love everything about this local hangout - the decor, coconut porter, the dogs, and the people! Thanks for the recommendation, Dude! 

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Guanella Pass Brewery is fairly new to Georgetown, CO and obvi it’s a great addition. We love relaxing on the patio nestled at the foot of Guanella Pass. Try one of our favorite beers, a roasty, bold stout with hints of chocolate and coffee courtesy of the roasted barley and dark chocolate malt. 

Leslie recommends Butcherknife-Steamboat claiming it was one of the coolest breweries in Steamboat.  Really friendly and TONS of beers to choose from. Must be good beers if she sampled approximately 12 of them, nobody is doubting that estimate! Great place to “rehydrate” after a hike!

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Dillion Dam Brewery was discovered on one of our first girls trips to Colorado.  Great place to chill on the patio. We personally loved Sweet George’s Brown.

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Mother’s Saloon - remember when we went there??  Checkout our blog post from that adventure!  

The picture says it all... 

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Downtown Georgetown is a place where everyone can find themselves enjoying the simplest things.  It is quaint and the shops are cute and fun to explore.  Georgetown Valley Candy Co is a must stop for ice cream and an assortment of handmade candy. You must grab brunch at The Happy Cooker and a fresh Paloma at Lucha Cantina.  Also, the lake and Clear Creek are peaceful and surreal. How lucky are we to wake up to the soothing sounds of the water every morning to start our vacation days? We enjoy exploring and walking around the water. Oh, yeah and we can’t leave out Coopers on the Creek, we love sitting outside over the Creek trying new beers!

Colorado + Snow + Mountains = Snowboarding. Well at least snowboarding lessons! Leslie and I “boarded” (if you can even call it that) at Arapahoe Basin - Checkout that blog post  here: 

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Kristi and Steph have more experience on us and pretty much shred the mountains.  Props to Billy who is pretty good on a board, at least Kristi and Steph say he is.  I sure hope so, he better be good to justify this outfit. 

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Not up for hitting the slopes? No problem. Checkout Fat Tire Biking - we had a blast riding the bikes, even if we turned into a slow and cautious old lady while the boys barreled through the terrain!  The guide called it a little intense, and we would call riding by a river and embankment a little intense too.  Best part was riding through a wedding photo op!  Sorry bride and groom!

You guys, we can’t forget to mention the epic day we stubbled upon a Burro Race. Oh my gosh, it was a glorious demonstration of stamina and stubborness! 

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What’s that you say? Burros aren’t your thing? So you are more into the urban scene, well no problem. Have you heard of a place called Denver?

Highlands  is a very cool neighborhood close to downtown - Checkout Linger  which has an awesome rooftop bar and some interesting food options.  Fun fact-it used to be a mortuary! Creepy! Also check out Williams & Graham .  It is a very cool Speakeasy type bar where you enter through a bookshelf. Say what?!? A hidden passageway? Just make sure Colonel Mustard isn’t in the dining room with a candlestick. 

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They serve a gin cocktail that rivals the Beautiful Red Bell at Manifesto in Kansas City! Denver offers a huge variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping. What’s not to love? There are also amazing hats which are on trend and even encouraged when adventuring. 

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We may explore beaches, wineries, Vegas and our hometown of Kansas City but our cozy condo tucked away in the mountains is always going be at the top of our favorites list. 

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Kristi says her favorite thing of all is, “the fact that the Daniels open their condo to us without a bat of an eye.  Their love for Georgetown is contagious and you can see how important the town is to them.  I love travelling there with Maureen because it seems to be her happy place and she loves to share that with others - which in turn makes it our happy place too.”

I couldn’t have said it better Kristi!

Only 112 days until we are back in our Happy Place!  

Cheers,  

Andrea

Happy Birthday America!!

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July! It was chilly, rainy, and overall blah in KC this weekend, but that didn't stop us from having a great long weekend! 

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If you can't lay out and soak up the sun, you have lots of other options...games, fishing, and salted caramel vodka keep warm!

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Meanwhile in Colorado-Andrea was enjoying quite the fun time with her inlaws. Train rides, hiking, and mimosas! Yep-that's why we LOVE Geoegetown!! Well, all that and Mothers!

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Bobby and I checked out Red Crow Brewing Company in Spring Hill Kansas. The venue was really cool and I liked the Porter best.

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While Bobby and I were off drinking at local spots, other people were enjoying drinks at the lake...cheers to America!!  

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Parades and fireworks rounded out the relaxing long weekend for all of us!

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How did you celebrate America's 240th birthday? 

 

Georgetown, CO

The Unfiltered Adventure crew and Maureen loaded up and left town Thursday after work. We were evading the flash flooding, severe thunderstorms & tornado sightings. We were determined to get to western Kansas! We loaded the Suburban, a box of wine per passenger, and Steph confidently took the wheel. Maureen made herself comfortable in the way way back where she could contribute interesting stories from her past. She recalled a young lady who was quite nice but, "she never could get by on her looks." Ouch.

Two hours into the drive, what the hail! Steph kept her cool, thanks to her we all lived to see The Holiday Inn Express in Hays, Kansas. 

Driving into the eye of the storm 

Driving into the eye of the storm 

While enjoying our complimentary hot breakfast at The Holiday Inn Express we learned of the F4 Wedge tornado that barely missed us. According to AccuWeather a Wedge tornado is a tornado that is at least as wide as it is tall. Here's a scary picture we found on the Internet of a wedge tornado. 

Scary 

Scary 

Now here's a happy picture of the Pancake Maker at breakfast.  

Pancakes in a minute flat...pun intended

Pancakes in a minute flat...pun intended

Once we filled our tummies and the gas tank we were back on the road. Next stop Georgetown, Colorado! 

We rolled into Georgetown Friday and popped into the visitor center. The Georgetown Visitor center is the best spot to get current information regarding hikes in the area and try on really cool hats.

Andrea did NOT poop in the woods

Andrea did NOT poop in the woods

While at the visitor center we learned the majority of the hikes are deemed unsafe due to the snow, so we stopped in the middle of town and climbed a rock just to prove them all wrong. 

Victory  

Victory  

All of that exploring sure made us hungry, now to our favorite restaurant in Georgetown, Lucha Cantina at the Ram. Lovingly referred to as The Ram.  We highly recommend the guacamole, salsa and the queso.  We decided to share a few entrees and head to the condo for a relaxing evening of girl talk and wine. Then more snacks. 

Nice pup hanging out at the restaurant  

Nice pup hanging out at the restaurant  

Saturday will go down in history as the greatest adventure filled day ever experienced in Georgetown, Colorado.  I'm sure you're thinking, "that is a pretty intense statement." Well it was a pretty intense day! The day began as any other at The Happy Cooker for breakfast with wine glasses filled to the rim with sweet, delicious champagne.

If you like large glasses of champagne for $5 head to The Happy Cooker  

If you like large glasses of champagne for $5 head to The Happy Cooker  

Once we finished carb loading we headed through town to prepare for the day of hiking. The plan to hike came to an abrupt halt when the heavens smiled down upon us and we stumbled upon a Burro Race. That is right, Burro Racing.

Burro is the Spanish word for donkey

Burro is the Spanish word for donkey

There was no way we were going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity so we stuck around to cheer them on at the starting line. Things were delayed 25 minutes when there was a rogue burro, we literally can't make this stuff up. Then we decided to hit up an estate sale and grab a table on a patio to cheer on the finishers. We may have went to the Happy Cooker twice before noon. Have we mentioned we love this place? 

Such cute competitors  

Such cute competitors  

Turns out burro races get us very amped up & ready to hit the trails. We headed to Silver Creek Trail for a nice little hike.

Professional hikers  

Professional hikers  

It was great to get some fresh air and enjoy the views off the mountainside.  

Beautiful scenery  

Beautiful scenery  

Post hike we were hungry so we went to the Alpine Restaurant and Bar for delicious pizza, bold chianti and live music. The musician appreciated our enthusiasm so much he gave us a complimentary c.d. After dinner we decided to hold a "dinnervention" which basically consists of everyone going around the table and telling each person why they are unique and awesome. We may have all cried but it was a bonding experience to remember! After an emotional "dinnervention" the next stop was the local biker bar of course. Look out Mothers Saloon, Unfiltered Adventure is in the house.

This time there were pups in the bar. 

This time there were pups in the bar. 

We met the locals and one was even a self proclaimed mountain man who is kind of off the grid. He didn't have an email address or a television so it seems legit. At 1:30 am we closed it down and headed to the condo. 

Sunday Funday called for a brewery tour. We decided to check out The Dam Brewery in Dillon, CO. We all enjoyed good beers while chatting on the patio. Next stop The Bakers Brewery. It was smaller and a much different atmosphere but we did like our beers. The atmosphere was different but the same fella with a feather cowboy hat happened to show up at both breweries. Again, our lucky day. Of the two breweries we preferred The Dam Brewery. 

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We headed back to Georgetown to spend our last evening in Colorado dining at The Ram. Still delicious. 

Cheers  

Cheers  

We concluded our night at the condo discussing stories from Steph's troubled years. To be fair she lived in Detroit and had to get respect to survive. She started a gang for adolesent girls, so basically a form of community service. As Maureen enjoyed the stories Steph told from her years on the streets, she looked at Steph with the most sincerity and asked, "Did you ever kill anyone?"

Oh Maureen. 

Sometimes you go on an ordinary trip that turns into something extraordinary thanks to the company you keep. Well and burros, Mothers Salloon & the locals in a small town loved by all. Thank you for sharing your town with us Maureen.

- Andrea