Summer Activities in Colorado

It is summertime in Colorado!  A beautiful season to explore Colorado’s endless bounty.  There are a plethora of activities to keep you busy for many weekends.  We have now lived here for almost 4 years and I have to say the pressure can be somewhat insurmountable to get out and go every weekend!  With that being said we try to be very strategic with our weekend planning.  The following recommendations are what we have actually experienced.  With that being said, make the most of your weekend and see some fabulous sites and take some breath takings pictures.  Have fun!  (By the way, the recommendations are in no particular order).

1.  Manitou Incline—So, I saw this glorious incline on Instagram.  I told my husband we must experience this immediately!  Well, we did and it was quite the up hill battle no pun intended.  Very strenuous.  However, worth every ounce of sweat and strain.  The views from the top are phenomenal.  According to http://www.manitouincline.com/

The Manitou Incline was built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak. After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction.

After a rock slide damaged a section of track in 1990, the Manitou Incline was closed down and the rails removed. Some locals started hiking up the remaining ties for a tough workout even though it was illegal because of crossing private property. As of February 1st, 2013, it is legal to hike.

This is what Manitou Incline looked like before:

Photo_of_a_Manitou_Incline_Railway_box_car,_1908This is what Manitou Incline looks like now:

20130602_173826This incline is only 1 mile BUT climbs 2,00o vertical feet.  Please refer to http://www.manitouincline.com/ before setting out to hike Manitou Incline.

2.  Any Alpine Slide or Gondola.  We are on a mission to ride as many gondolas and alpine slides at the ski resorts this summer.  During the summer the resorts reopen and offer summer activities.  A few of the activities that we like to partake in are the alpine slide and riding the gondolas.  Why?  The views at the top of both of these attractions are unbelievable.  The alpine slide and gondola in Winter Park and Breckenridge are fantastic.  We did ride the gondola in Vail as well as Glenwood Springs (https://lovelivingincolorado.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/glenwood-springs-gondola-7/).  Another plus, a lot of the gondolas are dog friendly.20130616_16165120130616_17254920130817_16292020130817_1355433.  Independence Pass.  This is a must….period.  One of the most spectacular drives in Colorado.  Words can’t always express the abundance of beauty that you will experience on this drive.  We took 70 to the Copper Mountain exit and followed signage.  We looped around into Aspen and I must say that this drive alone could easily sum up why we absolutely love living in Colorado.  Just remember to bring a coat and to fill up the gas tank before committing to the pass.  There are not a lot of gas stations along the way.  Also, bring a camera…any camera, but you must take pictures!  http://www.independencepass.org/20130630_17011120130630_16551920130630_164753I will try and post some more summer activities but in the meantime you can find me on Instagram under @lovelivingincolorado or Twitter @lovelivinginco.  I update these accounts regularly.  Happy summer!

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Colorado VisionWalk

This post is dedicated to my friend Ellie who has been living with Retinitis Pigmentosa since she was 5 years old.  On October 13, 2012 at City Park in Denver, Colorado the Colorado VisionWalk will take place.  I am not asking for you to donate.  I am just making people aware.  I actually didn’t know about Retinitis Pigmentosa until I met Ellie.  This is a little bit of Ellie’s story from her Colorado VisionWalk page:

As many of you know, I have been living every day since I was 5 years old with a blinding eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Because of this disease, my worst enemies in life seem to be bright yellow caution wet signs and large orange construction cones! It doesn’t matter how big or bright they are or the fact that they are in the direct location of where I am walking, it is inevitable that my fabulous eyeballs won’t see them and I trip over them every time. Then smoothly look around to make sure no one saw me! (hehe!)

VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Over 10 Million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for these devastating diseases. By funding leading edge research in area such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering with retinal degenerative diseases.

To find out more about participating in the Colorado VisionWalk please visit:  http://www.fightblindness.org/site/TR/VISIONWALK/VisionWalktr?fr_id=4714&pg=entry&AddInterest=1561

Bicycling in the Mile High City with Denver B-Cycle

http://denver.bcycle.com/

If you don’t have a bike–no problem!  The Denver B-cycle program can help you out.  These bike stations are located in quite a few places throughout the city.  We have two stations within walking distance in our neighborhood.  I think the Denver B-cycle program is great!  I see people on these bikes all over.  They ride around Washington Park, downtown, along the Cherry Creek bike path pretty much anywhere.  The story of how Denver B-cycle got started is pretty interesting.  This is just a snippet of the Denver B-cycle story (http://denver.bcycle.com/About/OurStory.aspx):

It started in the summer of 2007 in Denver. No, scratch that. It started well in advance of that summer, with the Denver bike community’s decades of patient, persistent efforts to make Denver a more bike-friendly city. These efforts prepared Denver to take advantage of a historic opportunity presented by the city’s hosting of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Colorado To Do List

Ever since we moved here I have been collecting Colorado attraction brochures.  I keep the brochures in our “travel to do” box.  Now that the weather is warmer we can start visiting some of these attractions.

1.  Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon Cityhttp://www.royalgorgebridge.com/

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2.  Pikes Peak Cog Railway (starts in Manitou Springs)–http://cograilway.com/

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3.  Cave of the Winds (Colorado Springs attraction)–http://caveofthewinds.com/

4.  Seven Falls (Colorado Springs attraction)–http://sevenfalls.com/home/index.cfm

5.  Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Four Corners Monument (southwestern Colorado border attraction)– this is the only place in the United States where 4 states intersect at one point:  Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Coloradohttp://www.navajonationparks.org/htm/fourcorners.htm

There are definitely more places we want to visit in Colorado but I can’t wait to take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway up 14,115 feet.

Colorado attraction brochures

Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless

The 2012 Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless is Sunday, May 13

Last year we participated in the Colorado Rockies Home Run for the Homeless.  It is a 5K (3.1 miles) run.  However, we opted for the 5K walk.  The walk is a great alternative to the run.  Walkers follow the runners along the same 3.1 mile course. The walk is for all ages and fitness levels, so your entire family can participate.  The run/walk includes a scenic downtown course and a lap around the warning track of Coors Field! Get the players’ field perspective as you run to a great post-race party and entertainment.  After the event, enjoy free food, beverages, games and entertainment located on the Coors Field main concourse.  This run/walk has the best post-race party that we have ever experienced.

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