“You Can’t Have a Bad Day in Boulder”

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:

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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…

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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.

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Yes, I’d do this every day if I could.

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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.

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Ending the night camped out on a blanket, in the park, relaxing? We may or may  not have considering sticking to that vs. returning to our apartment in Denver.

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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.

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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…

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23 Comments

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23 responses to ““You Can’t Have a Bad Day in Boulder”

  1. Dustin S

    I go to Dallas 😉

  2. YAY! Happy birthday my dear! Looks like a gorgeous day to celebrate YOU 🙂

  3. What an amazing way to celebrate your birthday – looks like a fabulous day and weekend!

  4. canI come to Denver and relive that day with you on bday? amazing!

  5. I didn’t realize you were such a youngin’ 🙂

  6. Mamacita

    Looks like you had a wonderful birthday. Dinner at Chatauqua can’t be beat – what a great place. Love the pics as always.

    Mamacita

  7. I love that last photo of you and D.

  8. oooh what a fun day in Boulder! Next time you come up around these parts, let me know and perhaps we can ride bikes together or grab happy hour 🙂 glad you had a wonderful birthday (and how cute are you guys as a couple?!)

    my fave places to escape include Estes Park/RMNP and Wyoming. Steamboat Springs is really nice as well.

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! Visiting for the first time and loving your blog. I have visited Colorado numerous times but never been to Boulder, though I have heard it is beautiful. You are making me want to go.

    • Heather C

      Hi, Maria! Thank you 🙂 Next time you are in CO, you definitely need to make room for a Boulder visit – it’s more than worth it.

  10. What a perfect day! I would love to spend my birthday the same way. And I love your new Luxtreme Deep Breath Tank! 🙂

  11. My utopia is where I live – the bay area 🙂 have you been?

    • Heather C

      Not in a VERY long time. I would love to come visit – especially since I read a lot of Dean Karnazes’ stuff 🙂 He makes it sound like an amazing city for running!

  12. Looks like a fantastic way to spend the day! You two are adorable!!!

  13. Happy happy birthday, and cheers to a PERFECT looking day!! Love it.

  14. Lauren

    Loved this! Looks like you had a great day. Those pics are once again making me jealous!! I miss being outside and enjoying it :p

  15. Jules

    You’re so gorgeous Heather!

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  18. happy belated bday! we walked by that dining hall when we went hiking and the scenery is GORGEOUS. BTW you both are so toned and hawt! 🙂

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