At the end of February we flew north to Colorado, where we travel each year to snowboard and visit family. We took the earliest flight out and landed in Denver with plenty of spare time before driving to our final destination. Our first order of business was breakfast. We picked up sandwiches at a local place close to the airport, then drove into the city.
We needed our second round of coffee by the time we got to the heart of Denver. We found Black Eye Coffee nearby and got our drinks to go so we could explore. We didn’t drive for very long before we stumbled on some really incredible local places (our favorite!). Little Man Ice Cream was the cutest spot that looked like it was from a storybook. Just across the street was the Highland Bridge, which is a walking bridge that takes you to downtown Denver and the area we explored in this post a couple years ago. We lingered around for a bit while we finished our coffee, taking in the morning sunshine and crisp air, then drove further away from downtown.
In ten minutes we found ourselves doing a u-turn in the street when we drove past what looked like a winter wonderland! It turned out to be an over 100-year old fun park that was covered in snow and had me absolutely giddy. We love to find places like this that make us feel creatively inspired! We were stretching our imagination and trying different angles to capture the incredible light and overall surreal feeling of the place. I can only imagine what the entrance building looks like at night when it’s all lit up. As someone who typically researches the places I want to visit ahead of time, it was a great reminder that sometimes it’s better not to have a plan and see what unfolds!
During our time in Colorado, we were also lucky to have a CX-9 to drive compliments of @MazdaUSA! It was such a treat to have a spacious SUV all week. It easily fit our snowboard bag along with a ton of luggage AND Mer-Bear’s car seat in the back, which I don’t think would’ve happened with our typical rental. It’s all wheel drive which is crucial for snow and mountain driving, and the extra bells and whistles like heated seats and steering wheel were amazing after a full day of snowboarding. We drive a large SUV in our day-to-day life and we were so happy we didn’t feel like we made any sacrifices with space in the Mazda. It had so many more amenities than ours, though, that we felt pampered while we drove it. It was a cherry on top of a really great trip!
After romping around the amusement park as much as we could, we located a market, bought some snacks for the road, and headed on to Vail. Stay tuned for many more photos to come!
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