we landed on the moon!

so far, of our sixteen day road trip I’ve shared:

• our trip through south dakota. {here}.

• and how [J] proposed the first night. {here}.

• devils tower, wyoming ..where it hailed. {here}.

• little big horn battlefield,  in montana. {here}.

• our two days in yellowstone national park. {here}.

• and our weekend in salt lake city, utah. {here}.

#LLontheBIGroad

today it’s hypothetically speaking day nine of our trip. we wave goodbye to utah. and head to colorado. for our very last night of sleeping in a tent [at least for this trip].

we arrive in estes park, CO.

to rain. which delays our setting up camp a bit. but if you have a little time to kill in estes park ..head to the pretty, white, old hotel on top of the hill for a drink. don’t mind the rumors of it being haunted. 

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the stanley hotel.

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stanley steamer.

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a portion of the movie “dumb & dumber” was filmed at the stanley hotel.

while we were at the bar having a drink, [J] could not help himself from repeating jim carey’s famous line from the movie over & over. “no way? that’s great! we landed on the moon“. if you haven’t seen it, {see here}.

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thankfully the weather cleared up. but by the time it did, we were starving. and had to stop for margaritas + mexican food before setting up camp.

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our least favorite campsite of the trip. we were camping on gravel. & the ground was impossible to put our stakes into. just a side note.

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it stormed through the night.

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but we woke to a gorgeous morning.

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and two iced coffees, from the sweetest coffee shop downtown estes park. {kind coffee}.

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we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

then there was a necessary trip to the estes park brewery.

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we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

where we sampled beer and I beat destroyed [J] in big buck hunter.

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we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

and we had another meal consisting of mexican food + margaritas.

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we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

we landed on the moon // LLinaBC.com

next we head to the city of denver. for 3 days with my family. followed by 3 days in the mountains, with [J]’s family.

I’m ready to go on another road trip!

but in the meantime ..

happy tuesday.

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colorado. [part two].

even thinking about colorado, makes me want to start planning another vacation.

what is better than throwing every responsibility out the window, eating whatever you please, and being in awe of your surroundings? vacation.

I made sure to do all of the above while in colorado. we were only there for four days, but we took full advantage. {part one} was all about our ski trip to copper mountain. and [part two] is about everything else, in no particular order.

in awe of the mountains ..

beautiful scenerySONY DSCcan you imagine? I want this.

german gluhwein pagefor the cold nights. so scrumptious. [thank you chicago {christkindlmarket} for the introduction].

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all of the christmas gifts my brother received from my parents, were iowa-related. after 5 years, she wants to make sure he remembers where he’s from!

top hatsI think it’s time!!

my aunt introduced us to thee most creative, delicious burger place – called {crave}. I gathered up my parents & [J] ..and off we went.

crave menu

crave menu closeupthe luther: “bacon, cheddar, egg & onion with two glazed donuts as the bun.” WHATTT??

the popperI sure as heck ordered the burger with jalapeno poppers on it. ahhh-mazing! [to say the least].

J's burger

and leave it to [J] to order the “fatty melt“. but I may have forced him to order the gravy on his fries. #foodgasm.

J eating

can you consider yourself a foodie if you have an inability to say no to extremely tasty, high in calorie food ..while on vacation in general? ok, probably not. but regardless, I enjoy it.

let the next vacation planning begin.

[orrrrr: the job search. in a big way.].

happy monday all.

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