As I eat breakfast (a homemade waffle cooked fresh from a friend) I type on my laptop keys. It’s time to document Part 2 of my Colorado adventure – the first leg of our American trip.
Arches National Park – Moab, Utah
From the Denver area in Colorado we drove out west towards the Utah desert and stopped at the Arches National Park in Moab.
We hiked through trails and slot canyons, and over large red rocks for a whole afternoon with plenty of water and electrolyte replacement drinks in our back pack.
Day 2 at Arches National Park was spent hiking up to Delicate Arch. It was a hard hike up in the direct sunlight but the view at the end was absolutely stunning.
Maroon Bells – Aspen, Colorado
Back to the east we drove. Our first visit was to see the spectacular mountains the Maroon Bells.
Downtown Aspen was cute and amazing. This particular building coupled with the petunias was just adorable.
Upon leaving Aspen we drove over Independence Pass (a high mountain pass at elevation ~12,000 ft). We were there at the most perfect time of the day: sunset.
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs
The name of the place (and photos) speaks for itself!
Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak, another 14,000 ft high mountain in Colorado!
On top of the clouds they have the Pikes Peak look out and also an indoor area with amazing fudge (highly recommend the butter pecan fudge) and some yummy spiced doughnuts.
The dougnuts are the only donuts made at an altitude over 14,000 feet and some adjustments are made to the recipe to allow for the high altitude. There is a secret ingredient to the recipe which none of us common folk know, however I was amazed at the yummy nutmeg taste. With a hot cup of black tea it definitely warmed my insides up!
Back in Denver we stayed with friends, went to a music show, had some Voodoo Doughnuts and enjoyed being back in a city.
Denver is a very active city where most people are social through physical activity in the dry air and sunshine.
Overall, the food experiences have been fun and different. I look forward to checking out more foodie hotspots around the states and then working it off hiking soon after!