Everyone has favorites from their hometown, home state, or neighborhood. Maybe it’s the pizza place you buy lunch at, or the bakery a few towns over. For me, as someone that hasn’t had a traditional upbringing, I am establishing my roots in a town for the first time as an adult.
Thus, I have a handful of varied things from 27 years on this planet that I crave when I am away, or that I suggest to others. Here is my short list.
- Amazing Mexican Food
- A REAL Margarita (Colorado version)
- City O’City Pizza
- Tea from Happy Lucky’s
- The smell of aspens and pines
- The smell of cold days and wood stoves
- Aspens in Fall
- Flowers in spring
- Concerts at the Ogden Theater in Denver
- Concerts at Red Rocks
- Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Halloween costumes made around coats
- The sunrise and sunsets
- Rainy days
- Snow storms
- Christmas lights on dark nights
- Green Chile
- Huevos Rancheros
What are your hometown favorites?
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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my all time favorite things to do in Colorado. A particular favorite place is the hike to Cub Lake.
This month, I decided to challenge myself and do the entire 7-mile loop up to Cub Lake and back down the mountain by the Arkansas River, known as the “Pools”. It was a beautiful journey through the edge of Moraine Park, up a mountain side and down an exciting cliff face.
I got to use a GoPro for the first time to document the trip. I am not sure I am ready to invest in my own device but it has been fun experimenting. See my 3 hour journey condensed into 9 minutes below.
One of my absolute favorite locations in Northern Colorado is the easily accessible and very beautiful Lory State Park. For $7 a day or $70 for an annual pass, Lory and many Colorado State Parks offer a fantastic adventure into our natural spaces. While I adore having Rocky Mountain National Park in my backyard, it is often very crowded in the summer months and three times the drive to access it. Thus, for closer hikes and yearnings of the outdoors, I stick with Lory.
The park offers a dozen trails for exploring a variety of ecosystems, natural features, and wildlife viewing. My personal favorite is the Well-Gulch trail that offers a great moderate hiking experience, with some of the best views in the area.
Plan for an hour to hike, and an hour to drive from Fort Collins. If you have the time, take a whole day to explore the area.
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If you love and live in Colorado it can be hard to find somewhere as beautiful to vacation in. Not to sound snobby but when sights like this
are in your backyard, it’s sometimes hard to be blown away other places.
Yet I have been to Europe quite a few times and it has never disappointed. My most recent trip left me in Scotland for most of the month I was away, and it was amazing!
Edinburgh is my favorite, for being a gorgeous gothic city with ancient and medieval bases.
and the castle is awesome!
Graveyards feel more romantic than macabre.
The street performers are a hoot and a half.
The architecture stunning
and Scotland has so much natural beauty everywhere
Even when you’re freezing in winter
and there are COWS!
The most beautiful castles…
Keep a lookout for Nessie
And wear some dancing shoes.
It’s truly magical, and something dreams are made of.
Rebecca Lee Robinson