Monday, October 3, 2011

Colorado with Hannah

This past weekend, I met up with my friend Hannah in Colorado.  Hannah is a recruiter for Baylor and is in Colorado for 2 weeks for work.  I came to keep her company for the weekend and we had a great time together!

I flew into Denver on Friday afternoon and we went straight from the airport to Red Rocks Park for a little hike.  It just so happened that there was a Grateful Dead cover band concert at the amphitheater that weekend, so we were completely surrounded by 45-60 year old total hippies.  I’ve never seen so much tie dye apparel in my life!  We enjoyed a nice walk through the park then headed back to our hotel to freshen up and head out to dinner.

Our friend Jordy, who lives in Denver, recommended a pub called Bulls and Bush which was very local and tasty.  Since Jordy couldn’t join us for dinner, we bought her a souvenir poster from the restaurant and dropped by her house to drop of her surprise gift (ding-dong-ditch style).  Missed you, Jords!

Saturday morning, we had brunch at a spot called Toast before heading 70 miles south to Colorado Springs.  We drove to the Garden of the Gods were we got out for a nice morning walk through the amazing spired rocks.  It was a gorgeous day and there were lots of rock climbers out which made me want to throw on a harness and start climbing up the walls.

We stayed at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs.  Hannah had a “Baylor Joe” coffee meeting schedule that afternoon for prospective Baylor Bears in the area.  I came as her “assistant” and loved having the opportunity to see her hard at work.  Talk about a girl who is passionate about Baylor!  She made me want to enroll in classes again!

That night, we went to the amazing Broadmoor for drinks and dessert.  We sat outside by a beautiful pond and enjoyed watching the sun set over the Rockie Mountains.  Truly breathtaking.

Sunday morning, we drove to the top of Pike’s Peak, a 14,110 mountain.  I’m amazed that you can drive your car all the way up a paved road to the top of such a big mountain.  It was pretty touristy, but the views were amazing.  Especially at this time of year with leaves starting to change.  I think that is the highest I’ve ever been before.  It was cold up top… and actually a little hard to breath.

We then drove back to Denver for another Baylor Joe full of excited high school seniors and their parents.  I actually loved getting to talk to those families about my Baylor experience and hopefully give them a good perspective on what Baylor is all about.  We then had dinner with our friends from Baylor, Chris and Michael, who just moved to Denver about 6 weeks ago.

It was a wonderful, relaxing, much needed weekend with one of my best girl friends.  Thanks for letting me come join you during your work trip, Hannah!

Hannah and I at Red Rock... blantantly being called "tourists" by the old hippies.

the amazing view of Pikes Peak and the Rockies on the drive to Colorado Springs

Hannah at I walking through the Garden of the Gods

taking in the amazing scene

our castle for the weekend
(yes, there are lots of funny solo shots from this trip since it was just the two of us)

at the top of Pikes Peak - our first 14er... and we didn't even break a sweat.

the fall leaves turning colors. it was a great time of year for this drive.

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