After being in Colorado for just over three weeks now I've had time to reflect on the beauty that many never get to experience, enjoy, fall in love with, and call home. Moving to the Greater Denver Area and being able to see the mountains even from the Front Range every day has been one of my biggest short term goals I've wanted to accomplish since first visiting Colorado in 2010.
For the last 6-7 winters, some of my best friends and I have gone on a trip generally ran by ourselves or students we left in charge of the ski and snowboard club was ran at university. This trip is something many of us, myself included look forward to every year as it becomes a reunion trip for a lot of us alumni. Many of us are scattered across Ohio and the US now so for some this is the only time we get to see each other as our lives become busier than the great times back in Athens.
New Year's Eve. Always a big ordeal for many people around the world and the US, especially those living on the Eastern Standard Time with being able to say that when the Ball Drops in New York City it is happening at the same time for yourself. The hype for staying up until midnight and going out to parties, bars, and being able to celebrate with large groups has always been the norm for myself being from Cincinnati.
Fortunately enough for myself, I got to head back to Denver & Breckenridge for New Year's Eve/Day. It was a much more spur of the moment trip that a lot of my other trips planned for this year as some friends had an opening during the holidays to host me again and show me around more!
Between airport hopping & lack of sleep I explored Downtown Denver on my last day of my short trip to Colorado in early November. It was an extremely sunny day and felt awesome for November. From Brunch to shopping and finishing off the day with sushi; the world really is a small place when I randomly connected with two former Ohio Uni. Bobcats through out the day.
Arapahoe Basin Ski resort is tucked into Route 6 between i-70 and Keystone Resort. My first trip ever taking the pass and it was pitch dark out by the time we reached the mountain range so visibility was sup par. I think had we come up during the afternoon when it was still light out the amount of excitement I would hold in would be too great.
First Stop of my trip to Colorado in early November - Boulder, Colorado. Every time prior to visiting on this trip, my days consisted of landing in Denver International Airport, gathering all of our ski equipment and heading to the mountains to ride as much as possible chasing the freshest snow. This trip revolved less around skiing and more about spending quality time with amazing people and places I had never been too. Some thoughts and images about Boulder below!
A 2 day work trip to downtown Chicago & Oakbrook, IL in which I got to visit one of my childhood friends, play a round of golf, and eat at Michael Jordan's Steak House downtown. Overall neat experience and incorporating work into a solo travel days.
Telluride Ski Resort located in Telluride, Colorado & the San Juan Mountain Range. Traveled to Telluride with close to 200 people from Columbus, OH by Commerical Passenger Bus over a 27 hour drive. Absolute favorite mountain town I have visited so far.
A five day trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for work. Got a chance to sneak away to Camelback Mountain & hike up all 36 markers before taking a red-eye flight home.