Many of you might know that I recently went on a trip to Colorado with my parents. I tagged along for the ride and made the most of my time exploring Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins & Vail. Threw in a little camping too! Though I wasn’t able to camp for the entire duration of time I was in town, the night I did camp was more than I could ask for.
We start our journey on Wednesday, September 14. Waking up early and setting off to Pueblo, CO. We weren’t able to make the drive all in one go, but honestly who want’s to sit in the car for that long anyways? I’m happier breaking it up into smaller segments, but I’m also not the one driving. So I get wanting to get it over with as quickly as possible.
My mom had an event to attend in Blackhawk for the weekend. So my dad and I went camping in Golden again, remember our two week trip to PDX? We stopped at the same park as that. This time in primitive camping, meaning no use of electricity. We originally planned on staying for the weekend but everything was booked ahead of time and we didn’t even think to call ahead for a spot. Regardless of that falling through, we made the most of that one night and had a great time. We actually setup in a reserved spot and had to move. It was funny packing and setting up twice, but we got it down so not too much of a delay.
After establishing a new spot, we braced ourselves for a night of no heat. We didn’t plan ahead for cold weather either, so the heater was useless and our normal clothes had to do for the night. We started a fire and tried out some vegan back-packing meals for fun. Surprisingly good and very clean ingredients. I will most definitely bring another bag along for a longer trip. Each one is easily 2-3 meals if paired with extra veggies/sides. We actually roasted some potatoes and carrots over the fire and had this with it as the main dish. I used my Jet Boil to heat up the water. Basically the greatest tool for camping. Look it up, buy it if you’re an avid camper. I use it for tea, soup and any foods that require hot water. Yes you can even make ramen in it!
As the temperature dropped, we setup the tent earlier with cots to test out and decided to call it a night. Not before watching a movie of course. Last time we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (RIP Gene Wilder <3). This time we watched The Wizard of Oz. Keeping with the childhood classics/family-friendly vibes. I created this little rig to hang my iPad mini in the tent, using two hairbands and a foot of cord. It’s really simple but super effective if you’re in a tent without pockets. I just looped the cord through the hairbands on the back of the iPad and then attached it to loops on the roof and door of the tent. To pull it back I used another thin band looped on the door’s zipper and hooked it around a band on the iPad, so it’s tilted for a better viewing angle. That paired with a bluetooth speaker makes for a pretty badass experience. Granted it’s not super traditional to camping norms, it’s become our own tradition and I really love it.
It got to about 30 degrees F that night. My dad had a hard time sleeping in the cold, I however have lots of insulation (I’m making a big girl joke), so I managed to sleep just fine. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of the cots though. I still prefer sleeping on the ground.
We backed up camp and left soon after waking. The spot was reserved the next day and we didn’t want to stay too long incase the next campers showed up. So that was the end of that experience. Quick but memorable. I hope we can do it again sometime. Remembering to book ahead and pack warmer clothing.
After the weekend passed and my mom concluded her event, we set off to Fort Collins. I arranged an appointment to get a tattoo with Kohen at Tribal Rites while my mom had a meeting. It actually timed out perfectly, I was super nervous the entire time though. This was my first tattoo in over 4 years, all my others were quite small too. But it ended up being the least painful tattooing experience ever. Which means I’m ready for the next one!
I couldn’t have been happier with the end result. It was everything I wanted. The perfect way to remember my favorite camping memories with my family. I will love this forever.
After this we headed to Vail, CO for a few days. My parent’s actually celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary here the last time they visited. Next month will be their 42nd anniversary. They’ve been together for such a long time!
We had a chill few days in this beautiful space. Lots of walking around and cooking in our room. They had a City Market which, fun fact is Kroger. So I was able to pick up everything I needed. We had a pizza night, I made vegan skillet-style pot roast and spaghetti with vegan meat sauce and sautéed mushrooms. I absolutely love to cook when I’m traveling. Whenever possible, opting for a room with a kitchen is a great way to save money. I spent maybe $100 to feed the 3 of us for 3 full days. We would have spent that per meal in Vail. The restaurants are very pricey. So that’s a little money-saving tip for you. Always bring your own food, it might not be as fun but you know exactly what you’re eating and don’t have to worry about cross-contamination or explaining your dietary needs.
Those 3 days flew by. On Wednesday we packed up and made the drive back home. The whole drive. I got back to my house just after 12. It was so exciting to see my husband and fur babies! Took them a minute to remember me, but we had a cuddle party after an hour or so and crashed in bed for the night.
All in all, I’m very happy I had the opportunity to tag along for this trip. Colorado is such a beautiful state with so much to do. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m looking forward to my next camping adventure there soon!