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A To-Do List…Colorado Style

March 24, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

One of the upsides of moving to a new place is that you get to discover new places and experience new adventures. With an infant demanding most of our attention and a limited supply of babysitters we trust, our adventures have been few and far in between. But it is time for us to start exploring our new home in depth, especially now that Spring has, well, sprung. Here’s a list of the things I would like to do in Colorado. I don’t really have a time frame, but would like to experience them sooner rather than later. Apologies in advance for the lack of photos. I really like to include at least one in every post, but seeing as how I haven’t done these things yet, its rather difficult to supply pictures.

In no particular order…

1. A Concert at Red Rocks

Along with the Gorge in Washington, this is one of the most talked about concert venues in the nation. I really want to see a show here and am hoping it will happen this summer with these guys.

2. Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

After seeing Ken Burns’ National Parks documentary on PBS last year, I was bitten by the national park bug. Lo and behold, we have one of the best just about an hour away. We’ve visited a number of times since we’ve lived here but got here too late in the season to camp. I’m not sure how camping with an infant works, so this one may be further down the road, but both Tim and I are itching to sleep under the stars.

3. Mesa Verde

Also on the national parks list is Mesa Verde. An 8 hour drive from Denver, Mesa Verde is definitely not a day trip, but I would love to see these ruins first hand.

4. Skiing

I really can’t believe we went through a winter here without skiing. Darn babies. Good thing they are so cute. I love to ski (not snowboard) and have skied at Squaw Valley in Tahoe and all three resorts in Arizona. (Did you know you could ski in Tucson?) I’m looking forward to next ski season and getting out there as much as possible. And when Olivia turns 3? Look out! We are getting her on that bunny slope the first chance we get!

5. Flyfishing

Tim flyfishes. Our good friend, Dave, flyfishes. Between the two of them, I am hoping that someone will give me a lesson so I can try it out. I don’t know that I really want to take it on as a new hobby, but I want to give it a try and see how I like it. In terms of surroundings, I’m not sure there is anything better than standing on a river on a hot summer day.

6. Telluride Bluegrass Festival

I have it on good authority from a couple different sources that this is an awesome festival. With a line up this year that includes Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, and Sarah McLachlan, I really, really want to go.

7. Explore Denver

Even though we live just 20 minutes outside of Denver, Boulder is closer so we have naturally spent more time there. There is a lot to do and see in Denver and I want to take advantage of all the amenities a major metro area offers.

I’m sure more adventures will be added to this list, but this is a good start. Any Coloradans want to offer up some suggestions?

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  1. […] had passes to some of the museums in downtown Denver. Because getting to know Denver is also on my To Do list, I told him to check one out. He came home with a pass for the Art Museum, so Saturday morning off […]

  2. kia says:

    There is so much to do here from free (thanks to to skies the limit in the mountain resorts. Don’t be intimidated about camping with an infant – check if you need some tips. We are much closer to Boulder too but get in Denver often enough – take the kiddo to a ball game, zoo, and surprisingly I have been at Vine St. Pub when the place was overrun with infants and pregnant women. Just do it if you know your kid can handle it. The awesome thing about Colorado is that many of us are not natives so we have to rely on our tribes in how we do our thing – best wishes in finding yours.

  3. Thanks for the visit Kia! Love what is doing. Culture should be accessible to everyone. I’d love to see an extension of their Free Days with a program like the one that exists in Phoenix, where you can check out museum passes free from the public libraries for admission for up to 4 people.

    And, Awesome. Thanks so much for the referral. We will use that a lot this summer.

    You’re right about the tribe. Just takes some time to get into place. :)

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