From Midwest to Mile High!


Greetings from Denver! :D

Ben and I landed this morning and realized it’s been almost exactly a year since the last time we were here. Time sure flies!

We got in around 10am, swooped up a car and got down to business – exploring! We had nearly all day to spend doing whatever our heart’s desired and after visiting with one of Ben’s cousins, he suggested we go to Red Rocks!


Red Rocks Park is right outside of Denver and known for their CRAZY big, red sandstone rock formations that are over 300 million years old. 8O


A lot of the big rock formations are named…I forget what this one was called, but it was near “Frog Rock.” Ha.


Did I mention it’s in the 60s here? I hardly needed a jacket!


Every time Ben and I come to Colorado we’re all – “ugh, I could totally move here…”


With views like this, it’s not hard to see why. Everything has this peaceful, untouched feeling. We just love it. :)


Red Rocks Park is also home to one of the largest open-air amphitheaters in the world – the Red Rock Amphitheater!


This baby was built in the early 1900s between two humungous red rocks and holds 20,000 people. It’s held concerts for everyone from the Beatles to Blues Traveler!




Here’s the rock on the left…


and the one on the right!


When it’s not being used for concerts – it’s an outdoor exerciser’s dream come true. We saw dozens of people sprinting the endless rows of steps going up and down the length of the amphitheater.


Pushups too! ;)


Not going to lie, it really made me wish I had brought along my running shoes…


Ben and I made our way down to check out the view from the bottom.


As we ascended we were flanked by the spectacular red rocks, streaked with the layers of millions of years.



The view from the bottom (and the top, for that matter) was incredible! Pictures don’t do this place justice – it is HUGE!


Ok, here’s one –  can you spot IGE?! ;)


We explored, climbed and took in the scenery, but before long we realized we were STARVING.


The Cherry Cricket was calling our name!!!!


Ben and I fell in love with TCC last year and have seriously been craving their food ever since.


They’re known and recognized for their killer burgers and fun atmosphere.


It was 1:30 on a Friday and PACKED!


Call me unadventurous, but I knew exactly what I was going to get without even looking at the menu.


The EXACT same thing I had last year – the Moroccan Salad!


Fork tender, spiced flank steak, zesty artichoke hearts and a Moroccan Salad Dressing I’d give up my left arm for the recipe! I should have asked…


Seriously – this flank steak was like BUTTER. Super rare (just the way I like it) and so. friggin’. juicy. Unforgettable. I just swallowed drool.


Oh, and we got some fries to share. Because they taste like Arby’s fries, and we’re on vacation. Whoop!!!


The wedding festivities are getting started in just a few hours and I am PUMPED! Ben’s cousin is getting married and their rehearsal dinner is at the Denver Aquarium. Cocktail hour includes a wine-led tour. I MEAN!!! :D :D :D

Talk to you later!

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