To celebrate yesterday’s big 2-5, quarter century turn, we escaped to the town that reminds us we’re in Colorado. A short 30 minute drive and suddenly the mountain range horizon is right there, you can park your car and spend the rest of the day exploring on foot.
Or on rented bike, in this case.
Despite our long list of escapades to the Flat Iron city, we actually saw something new. We’ve hiked the mountain trails, but had yet to explore Boulder’s own winding path. An unchecked box? We’re ON IT!
When in Boulder:
At University Bicycles, you can rent a “townie” bike (i.e. a cross between road + mountain) for only $15 / four hours. Since our original plan was to hike (until 1) El Dorado State Park was “Full” and 2) we realized how scorching hot it was outside), we hadn’t thought to bring the bikes. This mode of afternoon exploring opened up some new avenues to see, and we saw them…
We took a lunch break one hour in, to sit on a roof deck & drink the New Belgium Summer Ale. Hopping right back on the bikes, we spent a total of around 2+ hours with those townies & trails.
Yes, I’d do this every day if I could.
In the event you find yourself on Pearl Street (go, now!), here are a few favorites we never miss: Bookends (for magazine & book browsing), Clutter (for the best consignment furniture / odds n’ ends), Pitaya (reasonably priced clothes – I rarely leave without a purchase), Trident Cafe (for coffee & more book browsing), and Chatauqua park.
My dinner choice: Chatauqua Dining Hall. This trail-side park + restaurant is never busy (shh!), changes the menu seasonally & has the perfect patio for dining + soaking it all in.
25 is here, and I have big plans for it!
Thank you so much for all the Birthday love! I promise this is the last post about it all, heh.
What near-by Utopia do you escape to? A travel itch needs to be satisfied, we may even open our boundaries to outside of the Colorado (or DC ) border…