If you missed Part 1 of Colorado, catch up here.
Boulder has a great little downtown and we walked to breakfast at Lucile’s, a Coloradoan take on Southern food and a neat little gem of a restaurant in an old Victorian house. We sat on the patio and had perfect weather – it ended up getting really hot that day, but the morning was perfect. This place was awesome. I’m the type of person that almost prefers a good atmosphere to the food, but this place definitely had both.
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After breakfast, we just wandered around downtown Boulder for a while. Honestly, we fell in love with Boulder and talked about moving there. We love the small downtown – not a big city, but not a nothing-town – and so, so close to the mountains. We both agreed that we would need to come back in the winter and see if it’s still a place we would want to live. And peonies eeeeeeverywhere!! I was dying – peonies just don’t grow in the south the way they do in Colorado. It seemed like every house and business had huge peonies blooming outside. So beautiful.
After we walked for a bit, we checked out of our hotel and headed up to Flagstaff Mountain, which is only like a 5 minute drive out of the downtown.
It’s so neat! You just drive a short ways up and you’re right there, looking down over Boulder. You can hike and bike up too if you have time. What a beautiful place it must be to live, with this just in your backyard.
And then you drive up a little further and THIS is what you find! I couldn’t stop gasping – everywhere I turned it was just the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen! Our pittly ol’ Appalachians just can’t compare to the Rockies of the West.
We sat up there on that mountain for a while and talked about how neat it would be to live there and how we could get an RV and take off for the weekend and explore further, even with a baby or two one day. Who knows what our future will bring, but it was fun to sit up there and talk about it. :) We stayed as long as we could, but we were starving (would have packed a picnic if we had known what we were going to find!) and we also had a flight to catch. We were headed off to Seattle that afternoon so we had to get going.
Colorado was Parker’s favorite part of our entire trip out West and a very close second for me – we absolutely loved it here and two days wasn’t nearly long enough. But we did manage to pack in lots of sightseeing and adventure while we were there. And now we know where we definitely want to go back to when we return one day.