Hot and Cold in Colorado

Another trip to Colorado in the books! I flew out to Denver last month to visit my sister for four nights at high elevation and it was wonderful. My sister is moving this month and I knew this would probably be the last chance I had to hang out in snowy Colorado.

But…it wasn’t snowy at all in Denver. In fact, it was in the 70s! In February. My sister, niece, and I decided to take advantage of this oddity, so we drove out to Red Rocks for a short hike.

The weather did not disappoint, it was beautiful. Gisela was fussy because she skipped her nap, so we only made it a bit over 1 mile before heading back to the car.

I was Gisela’s carrier, and let me tell you…hiking with a 1-year old is hard! I consider it to be solid cross-training 😛

I eventually passed this small chicka to my sister and conquered the remaining trail solo alongside them.

But it wasn’t the added weight that ended up killing me. It was actually the climb back up on 589591710945 stairs in the amphitheater! My sister and I both woke up the next morning with unbelievable soreness in our calves. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced from any sort of exercise. Stairs…I must add them into my workout routine.

We decided to drive to a local park afterwards, where I ran 2 quick miles and then played with my niece.

She’s so much fun to watch! A baby’s fascination with the world is truly a beautiful thing. May we all enjoy the smallest joys like babies do.

And then it was time for lunch! My sister whipped up homemade taco bowls and we feasted like queens. I must recreated these at home because yes, they are as good as they look. Inside = chickpeas, ground beef, avocado, roasted onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

My sister’s husband’s brother and his wife flew into town that evening and we ended the night chatting away before bed.

The next morning we loaded up two cars and drove to snowy Vail, where it was nearly 40 degrees colder! The change in scenery was surprisingly welcome, and the views did not disappoint.

We were staying in a nice lodge within the small city, and conveniently spent the afternoon exploring.

Vail is such a cute, quaint town with so much character. There were shops and restaurants everywhere, and the mountainous backdrop made the entire experience feel like a winter wonderland.

After a scrumptious lunch at the base of the mountain…

…we hopped onto the gondola and made our way to the top.

Those views though…

I know right?!?

Jaw-dropping, heart-stopping beauty.

We had an early wakeup call the following morning, so our day ended with pizza and a movie in our hotel. Our plan the following morning was simple: my sister and I would spend a luxurious amount of time eating breakfast and then hanging around the city and eventually going snowshoeing, while the remaining three would go skiing.

It was my first time snowshoeing and I loved it.

We spent an hour walking around the top of Vail Mountain, stopping occasionally to snap photos and take in the stunning views.

It was quite a workout!

And then our time in Vail came to an end and it was time to drive back to Denver for our final night together before I flew back to Chicago. Once again Colorado did not disappoint! I’m not sure when I’ll be back, but I’m sure I won’t be able to stay away for too long.

♥ Irina


  1. March 20, 2017 / 8:52 am

    When I saw the first pics, I immediately wondered if there would be any snow in the mountains! I would LOVE to snowshoe there! We skied in Keystone, but that is the only place I’ve been! Vail looks great!

    I hope your sister is moving somewhere closer to you! 🙂 (because that is what I would want if my snis was moving, ha ha)

    • April 3, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      She just moved out to San Francisco last week, so nope not closer 🙁 🙁 🙁 But it gives me a great excuse to finally make my way to Cali again!

  2. March 21, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Oh man, Red Rocks! I’ve always wanted to see Red Rocks (or, even better, go to a concert there. I bet it would be SO amazing!). Looks like you had a fun trip! My family stopped by Vail in the summer once, but I’m sure it’s a completely different town in the winter!

    • April 3, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      My sis said Vail is stunning in the summer too! Although it’s a total ski town so I’m not even sure what people do out there in the warmer months. Oh and I would love to go to a concert at Red Rocks, it’s such an incredible venue!

  3. March 23, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    I am so glad you had fun visiting Colorado. Pictures look amazing!

    • April 3, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      🙂 Miss you! San Francisco next

  4. March 25, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I never really gave Colorado much thought but I do think it would be a great place to visit! So many fun outdoors-y things to do there!

    • April 3, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      L.A is a quick flight over to Denver so you should totally go out there someday! It’s a fun city to visit.