Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Start...

Will and I were married on Saturday, August 28th in front of all our amazing family and friends. It was a fabulous day; the perfect temperature outside, plenty of sunshine but not too much, the flowers were works of art, the ceremony was like a dream, the food tasted just perfect and of course the drinks flowed. Every detail was completely perfect. I honestly don’t think we could have imagined a day that was more perfect.

The 1st week of September Will and I went on what I like to call “our mini honeymoon” or what most people would call a Colorado road trip. I called it a mini honeymoon in hopes of getting to take a regular honeymoon sometime soon. We started off a week of travel by going with the Ehmanns to the CSU vs. CU game up in Denver. Needless to say for us CSU fans it was not a great start to our trip, but we won’t go there.

After the game had concluded Will and I headed to the mountains for our 1st stop in Minturn, CO. If you have never been to Minturn it is worth the drive up I-70. It’s a very small town but has awesome restaurants and one of the best bed and breakfasts I have ever been to. The Minturn Inn is where we called home for the 1st two nights of our adventure. We woke up each morning with the smell of fried bacon lingering in the air.  Really, what more could you ask for? We then spent the days hiking and fishing all over the country. We also visited Leadville, CO for a quick trip down Main Street and a very interesting stop at the Matchless Mine.

Will at the Matchless Mine.

Turqouise Lake - Leadville, CO

Hanging Lake

After saying good bye to the Inn we traveled further west to Glenwood Springs, CO. But, before we got there we took a hike up to Hanging Lake. I’m pretty sure this was Will’s favorite part of the trip, just joking. We spent the next two days soaking at the hot springs pool, shopping, eating and visiting the Glenwood Caverns. The caverns are definitely worth the short trip up the gondola. Both Will and I really enjoyed the tour! Of course, I really enjoyed the shopping to! The last night in Glenwood we spent the desert portion of our evening with an amazing bartender at the Colorado Hotel. Yes, we did eat desert. We got to hear some very interesting historical and of course ghost stories about the hotel.

On the way to our next home away from home Will and I stopped and picked peaches at a local orchard and tried wine from local wineries. We ended up bringing home a whole box of peaches and bottles of wine galore not to mention hot sauce and apple butter.

Will helping himself.

Our next stop on the tour was in Ouray, CO possibly the prettiest Colorado town I have ever been to. Ouray was small but had a lot of character in the Main Street shops and eateries. One shop that was amazing was Rocking P Ranch. Yes, I found the heart of Texas on a little Main Street in Ouray. I believe we visited this store at least twice and both times with left with a bag of items. Will even enjoyed making friends with the owner and her mother while I looked around or at least it passed the time.
The first night in Ouray we decided to take a short drive along the Million Dollar Highway. If you have never driven on the highway it is definitely an adventure. On one side of the road there are no guard rails, thank you CDOT, and on the other side is a sheer wall of rock. Then mix in twists and turns back and forth only having barely enough room for two cars. When we arrived back in town safely I believe the words out of Will’s mouth were “I’m never driving on that road again.” We drove down it again the next day.  While in Ouray we traveled over the mountain to Telluride, CO another oasis in the hills. We visited Ryan’s beautiful ranch and of course walked down Main Street.

View from Ryan's ranch.

After leaving Ouray our mini honeymoon was officially over. We headed to Montrose, CO for the last two days for Ryan and Mandy Homewood’s wedding. Will was the Best Man. The wedding was beautiful and the reception was a blast. It was nice to go to a wedding and not be worrying about anything.

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