In July, Chris and I ventured out to Colorado with some of our dearest friends. The weather was cool and a little overcast, but perfect for taking photos.
Keystone, Colorado | June 2017
On one of our first days, we found a hike called Flower Valley along the Upper Straight Creek Trails. It’s known for its colorful wildflowers and blooms in late June, early July – right when we were visiting. The trail had a rocky and narrow (and wet) path but overall was pretty easy going.
We saw Parry’s primrose (primula parryi), Whipple’s penstemon (penstemon whippleanus – seriously, such a fun name), and Indian paintbrush (castilleja) to name a few.
We ran into a few people on the trail once we got closer to the top of the summit. One younger man and his father stopped to point out a few mountain goats they had seen (and they let us use their binoculars). People are the nicest sometimes!
The next day, we road tripped out to Rocky Mountain National Park. I was like a kid in a candy store driving through there. We made plenty of stops to check out the wildlife. We saw a mama and baby moose, lots of elk (one pair was fighting), tiny scurrying chipmunks, and all kinds of birds. I was hoping to see a bear - maybe next time!
Towards the top of the range, everything was so pretty and green! I had always pictured mountaintops to be more dirt and rock, and I’m sure a lot are, but I felt like we were in Ireland or Scotland. It was just so different than I had imagined.
On the way home, we stopped in Estes Park. We found a great taco place, a game store, and a rock shop.
Another day, we made a visit to Vail, Colorado. The area we visited was very cute, it felt a little bit European but it was also a bit touristy. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the town ;) Chris and I both agreed - this place is perfect for families with little ones. We would totally bring our future babies out there.
I loved that every single window and doorway was filled with huge blooming flower boxes.
Our last day, we bummed around town. It was a pretty lazy day but we made sure to eat one last good meal and Chris and I stopped into the candy store.
Until next time, Colorado!