crested butte.

on july 21st, [J] & I set off on a sixteen day vacation road trip across the country.

that same day we explored the state of south dakota.

and happened to get engaged.

set up camp during a hail storm in devils tower, WY.

received a history lesson at little bighorn battlefield, before embarking on the most amazing drive to yellowstone.

then there were two of my favorites night at yellowstone national park.

a weekend with friends in salt lake city.

our last night of camping // in estes park, CO.

and a gorgeous hike just outside of denver, CO.

we were happy to unite with [J]’s family for the remainder of our trip. which happened to take place four hours west of denver. in the small town of gunnison, CO. we were there to attend a wedding.

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mt. princeton [of the collegiate peaks].

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wedding attire.

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loved the place cards + vintage keys.

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that dance floor was callin’ my name.

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before heading back to denver, we had to make a special trip to crested butte, CO.

a quaint, beautiful town perfectly planted at the base of a mountain range.

it was my favorite.

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rocking my white + turquoise spike capwell necklace.

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we showed up just in time for an art fair.

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a storm was on the horizon ..

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this sunset.

we woke up the next morning, sad to say goodbye to our trip. but happy to be heading back home.

not before snapping a few shots of the beautiful sunflower field behind our hotel. looking out towards downtown denver.

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[*editor’s note: it was 6AM. and I had not yet had my coffee. or the opportunity desire to meet any make up].

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until next time denver, colorado.

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go on a road trip. go see the beautiful things that are only mere hours away. it’s amazing what is out there. and what you may find.

happy tuesday.

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take a hike.

after 10 days of traveling the country [6 of which were spent sleeping in a tent] ..[J] & I made it to denver, colorado.

it’s always been a “home away from home” for me. a lot of my family lives there. and I’ve been out to visit more times than I can count. I cherish every moment spent there. it’s so beautiful. maybe one day, I’ll pack [J] up in a truck & move there.

now that I’ve thoroughly frightened my fiance this is how we spent our time in denver ..

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this is why you throw away your garbage when camping..

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if you leave it, bears will find it. and be a great photo opportunity & an AMAZING animal sighting for us. [ but that’s besides the point].

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we hiked up to devil’s head fire lookout.

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with my parents + their sweet, little puppy.

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who was over the hike almost instantly!

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the views could not have been more gorgeous.

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because I’m easily amused ..

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after the hike, we were all exhausted. but especially ..

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the parent’s pooch.

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then there was a backyard cookout.

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and thee most amazing sunset ..

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I may have left a piece of my heart there ..

we’ll be back soon.

happy tuesday.

and remember ..

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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}.

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

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

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

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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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