As we left Grand Teton National Park behind, this was our view.
Then the land opened up, with rolling hills, lots of green, and cows.
We hit some crazy—weather clouds at this point, including a legit funnel cloud, tornado-style.
While it was scary to think of getting caught in the cross-hairs of such a storm, it was also incredible to think of the power of Mother Nature. Seeing so much more of the world via this cross-country roadtrip showed me how small we are, and how big the cosmos is.
Once we got to Denver, we settled into our hotel for the night, where the front desk staff (Hi Dan!) treated us to champagne, cheese, and chocolate-covered strawberries, honeymoon-style. They even opened up the hot tub for us after-hours. #baller We’re totally grateful to have lucked out meeting such nice folks, and it helped us enjoy our time in Denver. Despite not having an ocean nearby, we’d totally consider moving there.
Especially since they have a November Project tribe (#5280), led by two Boston-transplants, Molly and Dan. We woke up bright and early to get our workout-fill on the lawn in front of the Colorado State Capitol at the Civic Center Park with 50 other awesome humans.
After rolling around in the grass (and getting a killer workout, too, we swear), we enjoyed the Bike to Work event that was going on that morning. Despite neither going to work that day, nor biking, the event hosts we amused by our workout antics (and the fact that we helped them set-up their tents), and let us join in on the treats and eats (including yogurt popsicles and breakfast burritos!). Not a bad way to start the day.
Since we were only in town for the rest of the morning, we knew we had to try one of Denver’s infamous breweries. They had so many options, but we landed at Comrade Brewing, which opened in the Spring of 2014. We love trying new things (#firsttimefoods)! We also loved their brewery and drinking space: part garage-style, part warehouse-style.
They let you order in your favorite foods, and on certain days of the week they have food trucks drive right up and park outside to keep you filled, a concept we’ve experienced before that I love. We chatted with the guys and then tried out a flight of their signature as well as rotating selections. There were at least two coffee-stout-type beers, which I enjoy, as well as an American Blonde Ale, and an Irish Red (we’ve learned you can always find an Irish pub, or in this case, Irish beer, no matter where you go in this big ol’ world).
Pretty soon, we had to get back on the road, since we only had 3 days and almost 2,000 miles to make it back to Boston! We were sad to leave Denver, especially since we didn’t get to explore all the natural wonders nearby, like the Red Rocks Amphitheater and Rocky Mountain National Park. Reasons to go back!