{Buena Vista} Colorado

Wednesday, March 26, 2014



















It was so good to be in Buena Vista again!
Some highlights included:
Waking up to the collegiate peaks outside our window each morning.
Running into a sweet reader at the BV Roastery. {Morgan, it was wonderful meeting you!}
Watching snow fall on the chalk cliffs.
Catching trout on Cottonwood Lake.
Seeing horses, bighorn sheep, deer, and other wildlife up close.
Making the most out of our detour to Aspen by wading through snow drifts up to our waist at Twin Lakes.
Fly fishing on the Arkansas River.
Meeting up with a dear friend from college for dinner in Salida.
Eating our weight in pizza and artichoke dip at the Eddyline Brewery, stuffing our bocas with donuts from Loback's, devouring cupcakes and coffee from Brown Dog, dining on french toast and eggs benny for breakfeast at the Evergreen Cafe, and watching basketball most nights with a side of brownie sundaes from K's.
More photos and highlights soon from our time in Durango and fly fishing in New Mexico!
Happy Wednesday, brave ones!
XOXO

17 comments:

Zeelemons said...

absolutely beautiful.

lucinda smith said...

my husband passed through buena vista and silda on his way to hike in the wimenuche wilderness. he fell in love with that area and told me much about it - your pictures seem to do it justice! would love to visit some day. nice little rainbow (?), but the handsome little guy on your back kinda steals the spot light ;)

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Kristina said...

You go on awesome roadtrips and take beautiful pictures.
I can't believe you are almost 8 month pregnant and still going on such amazing adventures. Your kid will grow up having a rock star for a mama! Em, you are a true inspiration :)

afettlefinethyme.com said...

Oh, my gosh! I saw that last picture on your previous post and wondered if that wasn't Mount Princeton! My parents live in Buena Vista! I'm so glad you got to go and see those mountains and that water and that beautiful beautiful land. I absolutely love it there!

Kate said...

I know "how to" posts aren't really your thing, but I would love to see a post on how you plan your roadtrips. I mean--do you schedule your nightly stops in advance? Reserve hotels? Or just stop when you are ready to stop? How many hours per day do you drive? I'm curious. My husband and I like to roadtrip and we go on several every year, but inevitably we underestimate how long the travel will take and end up putting 12+ hour days of driving, which greatly dampens the joy in the trip. You, on the other hand, seem to have fabulous adventures and time for so much delicious dining!

alex peeples said...

My family has owned a cabin in Mt. Princeton Hot Springs for 40+ years now, and your pictures made me miss that special place. Next time you head that direction, you are more than welcome to stay in our cabin! We love all those places you mentioned :)

Today's Letters said...

zeelemons, couldn't agree more :)


afettlefinethyme & lucinda, bv is amazing! one of the few places i've ever seen an 80 yr old man ride a tricycle to get his donuts at loback's each morning.

kristina, thanks! i can't believe i'm 34 weeks either! babe will be here so SOON! so thankful to be able to have had such an easy pregnancy. i know it's a gift from the lord and try not to take it for granted!

kate, honestly our road trips are planned 4-6 weeks before we go. some i guess are months earlier if we're going somewhere seasonal and need to make reservations in advance. we've started using airbnb and vrbo instead of hotels since they are typically cheaper. when those don't work out we use the "name your price" option on priceline and usually don't pay more than $65 for a 4star hotel. overall, we stay super flexible on road trips. stop to take photos when we want to stop - we take our time - and drive as much as rowan or our company can stand it. no use pushing the limits and making everyone miserable. molls, row, and i didn't have any probable driving 10-13 hours a day. it helps when we have landmarks or good places to eat at to keep us going! (which we always research online before). if we're going to pass through a city (big or small) we wanna know what's worth eating! hope this helps :)
em

Today's Letters said...

alex, that would be awesome! we'll definitely be in touch the next time we go to BV :) a friend of ours has a cabin by trail west but it was a full house due to spring break. we ended up vrbo'ing a great place in town but cabin's are my happy place :)

Elyse Castrell said...

May I ask what you do for a living Emily? You live such a fortunate and blessed life. Maybe one day, I can, too.

Mandie said...

Again, beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time. :)

Elizabeth said...

We live in Colorado Springs which is just a couple hours away so every summer growing up we would spend a week in Buena Vista! I love all the memories that place holds!!

Rosanna said...

I spent 6 months in Nathrop, Colorado, right in between Buena Vista & Salida. Absolutely beautiful. I live in Oregon now, but Colorado still has my heart. Maybe one day I will be back there. Such a stunning place to be right below those gorgeous mountains!! Beautiful pictures!!

Rose

Rachel said...

Ah! Next time your in Durango we can take you to the hidden places :)

Sarah Hodge said...

Hi, Emily! My boyfriend and I are planning a road trip to Colorado (coming from TN) for this summer. Do you have any hiking/overnight trails, must see places, yummy food to recommend? We plan on camping out. Any ideas would be super helpful!

Today's Letters said...

sarah, which state(s) or cities were you inquiring about? what's your route?

Sarah Hodge said...

We're just interested in advice on the national park around the Denver area!

Today's Letters said...

bummer. i'm not familiar with the denver area as much :/

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