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I'm Karen Lim and I document my adventures in travel, style, and food. 

Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

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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 

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 One of my favorite photos of Chris :) 

One of my favorite photos of Chris :) 

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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.

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 So pretty! They remind me of cotton candy and the colors are so much prettier in person.

So pretty! They remind me of cotton candy and the colors are so much prettier in person.

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!

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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!

 The tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park

The tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.

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On the way home, we stopped in Estes Park. We found a great taco place, a game store, and a rock shop.

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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.

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 I still regret not buying one of these little bears. They were too pricey for me!

I still regret not buying one of these little bears. They were too pricey for me!

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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!

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