Rocky Mountain High

June 23rd

I’m visiting my brother in Denver this weekend and simply put: we are having more fun than I can describe. There is something about being around my brother that makes me the most obnoxious, giggly girl on earth. We harass, tease and make each other laugh like nothing else. My abs hurt, and it isn’t from pilates. (Okay, maybe a little bit from pilates. Good Lord. Pretty sure it isn’t a coincidence that Pontius Pilate and pilates are in the same hellacious family, if you know what I mean.)

Siblings, Grand Lake, Colorado

Pretending like we like each other — Grand Lake, Colorado.

Back to Denver. He surprised me with a manicure and pedicure when I arrived, took me for Mexican food about a dozen times over, and today we met up with my friends Sheila and Charlie for a tour of the Rocky Mountains. We went to Golden, Boulder, Gramby, Grand Lake, etc. It was such a fun day. I love Colorado! Living in Arizona, you forget what the color green looks like this time of year. And my goodness, this state is so incredibly green. And incredibly me. It’s been 10 years since I’ve spent any time in Colorado and I’d forgotten how great this state is. The people are fit (especially in Golden and Boulder.)

Charlie and me

Charlie and I head up to the alpine slide.
Everyone here have great dogs and they take with them everywhere. (Seriously, I walked into a bar in Grand Lake — the Lariat — and there was a dog sitting at a bar stool.) Gardens. Hybrid cars. Women with gorgeous, long hair and no makeup. Men with beards that are sexy scruffy and not uni-bomber scary. Farmer’s markets. Bluegrass bands playing in squares using spoons and washboards and violins. Breweries on every corner. Peace bumper stickers. Random rock climbers escalating every valley. Class five rapids and kayakers tackling them every day. People everywhere outside, loving the earth and enjoying a beautiful summer day. I. LOVE. IT. HERE.

Instructions, minus what to do when stuck behind a

Rules. As if.
Today we went down the alpine slide in Winter Park. For $14, you ride the ski lift up to the mid-point of one of the mountains and use a tiny plastic to sled down a fiberglass slide to the bottom. Stupidly I got in the “advanced” slide line and ended up going last in our group. My brother and Charlie apparently thought I’d fallen off the slide because they were waiting at the bottom so long. I hadn’t. I was just, um, taking in the scenery, apparently way too slowly to be in the advanced slide lane. By the time I got to the bottom, I’d caused a minor traffic jam with seven other sliders behind me. Without realizing I was the one who caused the problem, a teenager walked by our group at the bottom of the slide telling his friend, “That sucked. I got stuck behind some moron going 2 miles per hour.”
Yep. I’m that moron. This was fuel to the fire for my brother and “one of his favorite stories ever.”

The perfect photo of Grand Lake

Grand Lake is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. Cute man? Check. Cute dog? Check. Boat? Check. Beautiful day? Giddyup.

Hope you are having a great weekend,

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  1. Oooh! You lucky girl!! The photos look a lot like Utah, and I am one of those morons on the Alpine Slide too (first time I went I went very slow). It looks like you are having a wonderful weekend. What a nice brother you have to treat you to so much fun. šŸ™‚

  2. That looks like a great time!!!!
    Gorgeous scenery and good fun!

  3. So great that you and your bro get along so well. Such fun!

  4. Wow, I am jealous!

  5. Wow looks great!! šŸ™‚

  6. hi dear kelli!
    i have been reading and catching up with your travels to mozambique, your adventures since coming home… what a treat! i’ve missed your amazing spirit! hope you are having a great sunday my friend…

  7. You are funny! Your check list cracked me up. And hey, who hasn’t been the “moron” at least once a month? No worries. Life is good. A friend had a funny thing he would say whenever he would see someone cute go by: “I’ll have two of her on toast (crackers, etc.).” I always think of that now when I see someone nice looking walk by. But now I am going to carry that check list with me too. Cute guy on toast? CHECK. I love it.

  8. beautiful!
    enjoy your weekend.

  9. Looks like a wonderful vacation…and sounds like you may be itching for a change of license plates!

    I love Colorado and Wyoming, too. Beautiful country, tons of outdoor stuff to do all year, big cities and tiny towns. It is easy to be charmed by such a place.

    Enjoy the rest of your time with your brother!

  10. Ooh, it sounds like you had soo much fun. I hear Boulder is great. You make sure that brother of yours gets a nice girlfriend! Pedicures and manicures…man o man. šŸ™‚

  11. i will be a colorado resident again. oh yes, i will live in colorful colorado again. and my kids will hike, mountain bike, and snowboard before they know how to use the internet. i, too, love that state. and am GREEEEEEN with envy and counting the days until breck.

  12. This sounds like the most perfect holiday ever! Glad you had such a great time with your brother!

  13. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! My uncle keeps badgering me to visit him & his fam in Colorado Springs. Looks like I need to take him up on that offer! Cute tee by the way šŸ˜‰

  14. I LOVE the Alpine slide..haven’t ridden one in CO but did in MN and was just telling Hannah about it this weekend.

    That would be bad to be behind the slow poke! šŸ˜‰

    Looks like fun.

  15. You look so happy! Maybe you should move to Colorado…? It sounds tailor made for you indeed.

  16. You were the slow one on the Alpine Slide??? Ugh. My adolescence is so irritated with you right now. ha ha.

  17. we spend a week in colorado every summer. so. mich. fun. it truly is God’s country. how can you not feel closer to God in an environment like that?! any plans to move there?

  18. Glad to see you are having a great weekend.

    We went on a similar ride in NZ and I was the idiot going slowly in the fast lane!

    You should come on up to BC – Your description of Colorado, could also have been a description of BC. Except we are not so good on the Mexican food front. And I love Mexican food.

  19. I love Colorado too and feel very lucky to get to live here, though I’m not sure how gorgeous my hair is. šŸ™‚

  20. It really seems you had a great time, good thing! And the Colorado tourist office must hire you for some advertising, you’re doing a great job!

  21. Man, those are some GORGEOUS photos. After reading this post I am SOOOO craving a trip there, or anywhere in that general area, or Flagstaff, you get the point. I’m with you… that kind of climate and landscape is my style.

    And, your bro surprised you by sending you to get a mani and pedi? That is awesome. Bonus points for the C-man!

  22. That is definitly my kind of place! Glad you had such a great time, great pictures!!

  23. Sounds like such a fun time!

  24. I love, love, love Colorado. My husband and I went there for our second wedding anniversary a couple of years ago and didn’t want to come home šŸ™‚ We spent time in the Beaver Creek area, Denver, and Boulder. What an amazing state! My husband is a very green guy – he drives a hybrid, he serves on our town’s conservation commission, he is a radical recycler – I’m surprised we haven’t moved to CO yet šŸ˜‰

  25. Coomer June 25, 2007

    I love alpine slides. We stopped at one in kentucky once and you could tell they didn’t have any safety regulations!

  26. I’ve only been to Boulder on a business trip, but I loved it. Colorado is definitely somewhere I need to explore some more. And the alpine slide looks super fun, don’t worry, I’m positive I would also be the “moron” holding up the slide!

  27. Looks wonderful and so do you!

  28. I couldn’t have described CO better myself! So glad you had an awesome time here…maybe it’s time for a MOVE??? And yes, the boys here are very hot.

    (I just sent you an email re: meeting up….your email got caught in my work spam filter…)

  29. My dad and his mother and sister had dinner in Grand Lake over the weekend. What a small world!

    Glad you had a great time–I was away from my Colorado home this weekend visiting the midwest. If you think Colorado is green this time of year, you need to head to Missouri or Ohio–the green is so bright it will hurt your eyes!

  30. Cute dog indeed… šŸ˜‰
    Looks like you had a fun time!
    oh! BTW anybody ugly in your family???? By what I see, I’d have to say NOPE!

  31. Your brother’s a cutie pie!! And those pictures are gorgeous.

    Also, thanks for the sweet and informative note, and the adorable picture. Jordan is away until July 11th but I cannot wait to share the letter and the picture. It’ll mean a lot to him.

  32. Glad you had a great time, but sorry we missed each other! Your pictures remind me that I need to get back up to Grand Lake this summer.

    Funny thing, that you get so used to things that you forget what is in your own backyard. I was in Seattle and was thinking about how wonderfully hippy and cultural it is up there!

  33. you’re the 2 mph moron? oh, that news was all over the web! har har. just kidding. we have a similar slide in gatlinburg. probably not near as pretty a view as yours. but i’ve been on those sleds. so i know what you went through! sounds like a lot of fun, and great place to live. i want to be there too! all that bluegrass!

  34. how fun and how nice of brother’s surprise gift of manicure and pedicure.

  35. Glad to hear that you like our state! I’ve lived here my entire life and love it too. My grandparents even built a cabin up near Grand Lake. Did you get in the water? It’s a glacier runoff. It’s also where I learned to water ski. Yikes.

    I might be convinced to move to Vancouver (my hubby’s from British Columbia) but that’s about the only place I’d be willing to live other than here. And we’d have to come back to Colorado for Christmas, because I don’t know how people do Christmas without snow. I can’t believe I just said that after the winter we just had, seriously crazy, but it’s hot and I have a short memory.

  36. oooh – such a fabulous-sounding time! I’m so glad for you…

    I really love how much you love your family – whenever you post about them, it just makes me smile! (probably in homage to the gorgeous smiles both you and your brother sport!)

    And it was fun to vicariously enjoy the beauty of Colorado… maybe one day I’ll get there myself!