we are heading to the east coast in the morning to visit our favorite beach town. we will be eating, drinking, and lounging on the beach for eight days. after a long winter and a stormy spring, i am so excited for a week away in the charleston sun.
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while in colorado, we spent a full day exploring around rocky mountain national park. we drove up after breakfast and entered the park just as the sun was coming out. there was still snow covering the ground from the recent snowstorm which only made this place more breathtaking. we were hoping to drive up to trail ridge road but it was still closed for the season. instead, we parked and walked a mile or so until i freaked out about being out there alone. we stopped ten different times. we hiked through snow covered woods. we soaked up the sunshine. and drove around until we found a herd of elk enjoying lunch and figured it was a good time to pull over and enjoy our lunch too. it's been a dream of ours to visit the rocky mountains for years and it was everything and more. i hope we get back there soon.
driving west up the boulder canyon we soon found ourselves in the beautiful town of nederland. sitting in a valley created by glaciers hundreds of years ago, this quaint town situated in the rocky mountains was a dream. we drove up the mountain through snow covered roads, checked out the campgrounds, and stopped in salto coffee works to check in with the world. we loved this town so much that we drove back on a warmer afternoon for a hike and the greasiest, most delicious pizza we've had in years. add nederland to our ever-growing list of places we could live.
on our first morning in boulder, we woke up to several inches of snow. we bundled up and set out on foot to grab breakfast. the skies were slowly beginning to clear and the mountains were emerging in the distance. after the foggy drive in, we were elated to see all of the natural beauty surrounding the city. we ended up at snooze where we warmed up with coffee and indulged in egg's benedict and breakfast tacos. by the time we left, the sun was peeking through the clouds and the snow began to melt. we walked through the historic district picking out the homes we'd grow old in, something we do no matter what city we are in. after a lengthy walk, we picked up a few things at the house and set off towards the mountains for the day. while initially we were set back by the sudden snow storm, it was nice to experience what winter might feel like in boulder, at least for a few hours.
when researching for somewhere to stay in boulder, we had two questions for ourselves; where do we want to be located and how often will we need to drive. naturally, we searched for hotels first but found them to be either out of our price range or too far outside of town. i began searching airbnb for a place we would feel comfortable staying in. for some reason, staying in a hotel where thousands of different people stay feels natural, while staying in a stranger's home makes us weary. i narrowed down the search to a small cabin tucked away in the canyon and a cozy apartment just blocks from the square. we decided to go with the apartment for its' central location and space. we knew we would drive to the mountains each day and wanted the luxury of walking to pearl street.
the apartment worked out great for us. it was filled with the most beautiful light peeking through in the mornings, a comfortable bed to come home to after the long days, and a front porch to sit and enjoy coffee. we were able to walk to the farmers market in the morning, grab breakfast, and then come back home and change clothes once the sun had been up for a few hours. we will definitely use airbnb again for future travels. i'm so glad to have taken these photos of the home to remember this special little spot in the heart of boulder.