Diamonds Mountains are a girl’s best friend.
Before going on our trip a lot of people asked, “Why Colorado?” Easy answer, the hubs wanted to go and we’d never been.
Truth be told, a few months ago, the hubs and I were Netflix binging when I looked over at his gorgeous face and asked, “If you could go anywhere for your 30th, where would you want to go?” He pondered on the question for a few moments until his face lit up, “I’ve always wanted to see the Rocky Mountains in person.” Done. Simple as that. I set out to make it happen for him. I mean, after all, you only turn 30 once. And now, here we are. Looking back at how taking him to the mountains turned me into wifey of the year (or in our case decade).
Before the Mountains
Day 2 of our trip was specifically reserved for Rocky Mountain National Park. We woke up extra early to pick up our car that we had rented through Turo (which is freaking awesome). Then we chose one of the must eat breakfast places from my list and headed on out. We went with Snooze an AM Eatery because we heard great things and since it was early, we figured we’d be able to cut down on the usual 2-hour wait (yes as in 120 minutes of waiting to eat at this fine establishment).
Snooze did not disappoint. We ate so much food because obviously, we needed sustenance to take on the Mountains. The entire crew was dressed up in 70’s disco gear and it was just my jam. I loved every second of it. Our wait time? Only 15 minutes, yes! Early birds do get the worm.
Take me to the mountains
Do you see that gorgeous smile on his beautiful face? (below) He was incredibly excited about the Rocky Mountain National Park, I mean it was finally here the big day to take on the glorious mountains!
Y’all the ride from Denver into the Rocky Mountains is spectacular. Like wow, breathtakingly beautiful. The roads wind and curve A LOT. It’s both exhilarating and kind of scary (yes, a little scary.) But when you see the mountains up ahead, it’s totally worth it.
Once we pulled up to the gate, we realized just how high we were above sea level. To top it off, that was just the base of the park. Gosh, if we lived in Colorado, you best believe we’d be members to the park for the year, it’s only $50 bucks versus $20 a day.
Just driving through the beginning stages of the park had me thinking this was unreal. I’ve never seen trees so big before in my life. Honestly, trail ridge road started to get a little scarier the higher we went up. Not having railings on the side of the road had me a little terrified. I just focused on the trees and the mountains and never looked down.
We made our first pit stop because I wanted to document the dynamic difference the higher we went. Of course, I took SO many pictures of my hubs because I wanted him to have them to look back on so he could brag to everyone that he was there! But I mean, look at those views!
We kept on making multiple pit stops and it started to get colder. I am so glad I packed extra sweaters in the car because the climate change is REAL. There was snow on the mountains, snow everywhere!
We finally made it to one of the highest peaks (2nd highest for me, because altitude sickness got me, but Andrew made it all the way to top peak) and you guys, the view was picturesque. Every word to describe beauty in the dictionary, insert here……. because it was that stunning.
You guys, I could have lived in this view forever. You know when people ask, if you’re more of a beach person or a mountain person, well after this trip I’m leaning towards the mountains. My husband was speechless, he kept showering me with kisses and telling me how this was the best birthday ever. Mission Accomplished!
All the Extras
On our way out the park we made one more stop at Big Bear Lake, and even though it was PACKED, someone pulled out from the front row parking and we had ourselves a spot! It must have been our lucky day!
We parked ourselves on a bench, talked about everything we’ve accomplished together over the last 6 years and all the places we wanted to go together. It was the perfect backdrop to the most romantic scene ever. And of course, on the way out we saw lots of beautiful Elk roaming the sides of the roads, so naturally we stopped and just watched in amazement.
End of the day
We spent give or take 6 glorious hours at the park and we soaked up every second of it. You have to drive through Estes Park to get into the park and you also have to drive through it to get back into Denver. Naturally, we stopped to check it out because so many people shared great reviews of the small town. Granted that weekend was perfect, people joked with us that we brought Texas weather with us because it was 70 degrees of sunny. With beautiful weather, comes major crowds! Estes Park was packed so after trying to find a place to grab dinner, we just snatched a bag of caramel of popcorn and decided to stop in Boulder to eat.
We ended up stopping at the super cool place called, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery and I’m so glad we did. I needed lots of water and delicious food to help recover from my minor snafu with altitude sickness. Andrew ended up getting his meal for free because it was his birthday and the entire waiting staff was so freaking kind!
We ended up walking a little afterwards, and you guys Boulder is one happening place. It was homecoming and the streets were running wild with well-dressed teenagers. By the time we knew it, it was dark and all we wanted to do was jump into our comfy bed back in Denver and talk about how amazing our day was. And obviously, scroll through the all the pictures we took. Day two was one of the best memories we’ve ever made and we can’t wait to share with you what we did on Day 3. Until next time…
In case you need a recap, check out day 1 here.