I arrived back in LA yesterday from my road trip to Denver. Good lord, is the scenery stunning across this country!! The first day Wylie and I drove from LA to St George, Utah. We stayed the night at Crescent Moon Inn, which is situated about 15-20 minutes off I-15. I could not have picked a better place and this stay was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The drive is short from LA to St George, and when we arrived we had some time to do a few things in the area. The Inn is located in a housing community and the room felt more like an apartment. It was clean, modern, and had a small stocked kitchen. First things first, Wylie and I went on a hike on the Anasazi Trail, which was just a short distance down the street. It was hot (I love desert heat), but incredibly beautiful. We hiked for a while in search of petroglyphs, only to turn around because I thought we had gone too far. Turns out, after I asked someone at the bottom, we had not gone far enough. I was bummed, but the scenery was still well worth it. We got back to the room and I made a little dinner ( somehow I managed to NOT eat fast food the entire drive out there) and watched some of the good old Olympics. At dusk, we sat by the lake just over a small hill from the front door and went for a dip in the pool down the street as it was getting dark. The place was so quite, practically empty, and one of the most relaxing nights I have had in a while. There is a small artist community down the street as well, but it was closed while we were there. All in all, I have to say the situation itself being within a community is strange, but I would stay there again in a heartbeat! My only complaint was how loud the upstairs guest was, as they woke me up at like 6am and didn’t stop making noise until 8am!
The next day was a long one in the car, but amazing. I was in awe of how incredibly stunning the views were, especially through the swell. (Unfortunately, I forgot my memory card at home and only had the iPhone for pictures.)Every turn my breath was taken away and I felt like I was on a different planet. The colors would change from green,red, yellow, stone, back to red, pink,sometimes purple and onto brown and then suddenly everything is green again.
After Grand Junction, the scenery starts to change again…into the beauty that is Colorado. At this point, I was getting tired and a needed to stop and stretch a lot. We hit up one rest stop in Glendwood Springs, situated right by the river which was a chocolate brown. While Wylie and I searched for oompa loompas, I got a call about a possible wardrobe job. Suddenly, my anxiety spikes. Here I am sitting by this river and after hours of contemplation I had this idea in my mind about wanting to slow things down. Now, I was torn…with ambition (because I really wanted the job) and peace. Is there a happy medium? Just one of the few questions that spiked up on the trip.
We arrive in Denver and the first night stayed with my friends Laura and Burke. There new apartment is awesome ( and a curiosity space to come!). The trip all in all was great. My friends were kind enough to support me on my adventure helping me scope out areas and showing me their own. The first day we spent checking out lots of cool places in Denver. One of which was this store I am now in love with called Ironwood. I even talked with the owner about getting my necklaces and rocks in for Holiday! Laura took me around to some of her other favorite shops and we stopped by to see her current exhibit that is up. We went to the MCA and saw some art and had a beer on the roof…ending the evening with a walk and dinner in their old neighborhood called the Highlands. Sunday night we had dinner at Williams and Graham, a super cute speak easy type restaurant with an extensive drink list from the prohibition era. It was quite charming!
I also stayed with my friend Natalie, whom I have known for a very long time as well. She and her fiancé just recently moved to Denver, in the Broomfield area. Nat and I drove up to check out Fort Collins one day and then went on to check out Lyons. We decide it would be a good idea to drive up to Estes Park, but I forgot that wasn’t a good idea without any gas. I stupidly thought we would make it there, but we decided to take the scenic route. Not even half way up, I thought for sure we were going to be stranded in the mountains. The funny thing is, Natalie and I ran out of gas one time in college together. Thank god for laughter though, as much as I super duper nervous, we were laughing our asses off. Luckily we coasted into town on fumes. Lesson learned!? I have been to Estes Park a number of times with my family. Cute little town, beautiful mountains. My parents even went on their honeymoon there!
The next day me, Laura, and Natalie took a ride up to Boulder. We went to see Laura’s studio, which I will include in the curiosity space, and then drove up to Nederland. The drive was amazing, people were climbing rocks, playing in the river and once we got up to Nederland, a thunderstorm came to town. On the way back down we found a spot and did a photoshoot for my necklace line and new webshop to come! This was another favorite part of the trip, getting creative in the mountains? What more could you ask for?
Natalie went with me the following day to look at a cabin outside of Boulder. We didn’t get to go inside as we just missed the guy, but it was quite charming and kind of everything I want. It had a greenhouse, a compost toilet (outside…maybe not ideal, but), wood burning heat, mountain living all the way. I can’t stop thinking about it…but I am in limbo about my decision still. Then we drove to Eldorado Springs, where I would live in a heartbeat….just not sure how often things become available. . So charming, quaint, beautiful and exactly what I would want!
All in all, I love Colorado. I love LA. I have a lot to think about…let’s just end it with that…for right now!