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Mountain Vacation - Avon, CO - Day 4

7/29/14

Sore muscles = site seeing. Today we explored Vail. It was just what I imagined a ski town to be. We strolled through two Vail "villages", Lionshead Village and Vail Village. Vail also has a free bus if you don't want to walk the half mile between shopping villages. Very tourist-friendly. There were a ton of stores and restaurants, you could eat and shop for hours. Both villages run along a large creek and there are a lot of walking and biking trails along the slopes.

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After exploring the villages, we went to the highest botanical gardens in the world: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Next door to the gardens was the Gerald Ford amphitheater but it was closed for a rehearsal so we couldn't tour it. They have free summer concerts but of course they took the week off! Maybe next time.

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We finished our day in Edwards, CO. at Crazy Mountain Brewery. This brewery is set up behind a strip mall but once you're there you'd never know it. They did a really good job of making the most of what they've got. They have an indoor and outdoor seating area, a food truck, corn hole, disc golf and horseshoes (they are next to a grassy area). Plus a few dogs running around always scores points with me. Tim and I agreed their best beer was their holiday ale (Christmas in July!). The food from the food truck was really good too.

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The weather is going to decide what is in store for tomorrow!

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Mountain Vacation - Avon, CO - Day 3

7/28/14

Today is my birthday! The most wonderful day of the year. Please mark your calendars.

We decided to hike Booth Falls Trail in Vail. The main site is the falls and it's up, up, up the whole way. Up. Up. ......did I mention it was up? The hike to the falls was very beautiful and about 2.3 miles one way. Once there, it was crowded with people eating lunch so we ambitiously decided to hike the rest of the trail and see the infamous Booth Lake. At the very beginning of the hike up (up, up, up) we asked a gentleman coming down how far the lake was from the falls? He said "About an hour." His lady companion said, "But it's worth it." That was all we needed to hear. If I could go back in time and smack that man across the back of his knees with my hiking poles, I would have. An hour later we came across another couple coming down and asked how much further. "About an hour." Cue the exasperated sigh. But we'd come this far....we couldn't turn back now!!! Onward and UPward we went. 45 minutes later we came across an elderly lady and what I assumed to be her grandchildren. Again we asked. "A good 45 minutes." If she could do it, so could we.....riiight? Up we went. Up. Up. Up. And up. There was snow. It's almost August. I want to know what that elderly woman ate for breakfast and her exercise routine because that was one amazing lady. Every circle of trees we saw we got a skip in our step that on the other side was the lake, only to be disappointed by a meadow. I swear there were 100 meadows. 100 oasis'. 100 false promises. I finally broke down. I couldn't do it. There was a wall of rocks in front of us that looked insurmountable. I rolled under an evergreen and ate my peanut butter and honey sandwich while brave and determined Tim hiked ahead. Did I mention it was raining on and off this whole time? Hence my rolling under a tree. Tim disappeared. My sandwich was finished. My body temperature started to drop. A chill set in. I started imagining where the helicopter would land in order to remove my lifeless body. And then.....I saw Tim. He'd done it!!! He made it to the lake and returned triumphant! It was only 500 feet from the evergreen to the lake, but it was straight up. I don't know how he did it. I'm so glad he got pictures so I can live vicariously through him. On our way down we passed a few people trying to make it to the lake. We were VERY honest. Maybe even a little exaggerated in our responses. But I'd take that over "about an hour" any day of the week. You're welcome hikers. Don't say we didn't warn you. I am very proud of our hike, even if it was really tough for us. We saw some breathtaking views, a ton of marmot (that we called rock beavers until we got back and did a little googling), fed a chipmunk some of my Kind bar and made a lot of memories. Fun facts: from the car to the lake we gained 3,000 feet in elevation, total hike was approximately 10 miles, we ran out of water.

When we got back to the lodge we had a celebratory birthday dinner at Pho 20 (get it?) and soaked in the hot tub. I know, I know. Hotel/lodge hot tub - gross! But the employee had just finished testing the water and deemed it safe.....and our muscles were screaming. If we get some weird bacterial disease and die, you know why.

Here are some pictures of our hike and victory dinner:

"The beginning. Oh so naive."

"The beginning. Oh so naive."

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"Tim is bringing planking back."

"Tim is bringing planking back."

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04E1368E2219AC681732DE90520AB9E5.jpg04E213E92219AC6817EC175FA3F9563B.jpg"Only an hour..."

"Only an hour..."


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"He did it!!!"


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"Marmot"


"My last meal."

"My last meal."


"Downhill skiing. I was delirious by this point."

"Downhill skiing. I was delirious by this point."


"Smiles cause we're headed downhill."

"Smiles cause we're headed downhill."


"Come to me my jungle friends."

"Come to me my jungle friends."


"Booth Falls"

"Booth Falls"

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"Seriously, planking, it's coming back."


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"So pale. Need pho."

Tomorrow we're going to check out Vail and hit up Crazy Mountain Brewery. We have a Groupon.

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Mountain Vacation - Avon, CO - Day 2

7/27/14

Today was a day of site seeing! We drove straight to Aspen this morning for the Aspen Art Festival. For some reason I was expecting a craft festival, much like they have in Florida, but this was purely art. As much as Tim wanted a copper drinking bear statue, $6,500 was a little out of our price range. So we left the festival empty handed.

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Aspen was a lot larger than I was expecting. There are so many shops and restaurants I think it would be hard to see everything in one day. We stopped for lunch at Hops Culture. They had a awesome outside sitting area right in the middle of the street (pedestrians only) but that was full so we sat at the outside bar - still awesome. We went into some quirky shops, one of which called itself Aspen's Most Unique Retail Experience, aka a woman doing hand analysis and another talking about the ghost in the basement. We did get some Colorado honey there.... sans ghost.

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"Do you see any orbs around me?"

We ended our day in Aspen at the Aspen Brewing Company which had homemade root beer, a second floor outside bar and pretty crazy views of the slopes. I can only imagine what it's like in the winter.

"Unique way to serve a flight"

"Unique way to serve a flight"

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On our way home, we stopped in Snowmass Village. I wish, before we drove all the way in, they had a large sign saying "CLOSED". I don't know if t was because it was a Sunday or off-season. We definitely will be back to ski, as it's ultimately built as a ski town and not much else for the summer.

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Our last stop of the day was Glenwood Springs. Tim thought even though we were decked out in jeans and sandals, we were well-equipped to hike a mile to Doc Holliday's gravesite. Which turned out to MAYBE be his grave site. No one knows for sure. It's always an adventure when Tim's planning.

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Tomorrow is a hiking day and my birthday!

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Mountain Vacation, Avon, CO

Day 1, 7/26/14

It's been a while since we've posted anything here. We had a major life change and moved to Denver, Colorado earlier this year. We had yet to explore the mountains that we hear so much about, so we decided to do a "staycation" and visit Avon, CO; about 8 miles outside of Vail. We are staying in a timeshare condo at the Christie Lodge, which so far, is very nice. We have a queen bed, a twin bed, a kitchenette and a dining/living area, plus a small balcony with a wonderful view of the parking lot. I kind of wish it was winter so we could make use of the fireplace.

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Today's adventures started in Idaho Springs. We visited the original Beau Jo's Colorado style pizza, aka, mountain pies. It was featured on Man vs Food; we try to visit restaurants featured on that show. The pizza was really good. We "made our own" and ordered the cheese and meatball. The crust is thick, hand-twisted and they provide you with Colorado honey to dip it in after your meal. Delicious! It just so happens Tommyknocker Brewery is only a few doors down from Beau Jo's so we stopped in for a flight. We were given 10 samples. My favorite was the Tundrabeary and Tim was surprised by the Pick Axe IPA. But his favorite Tommyknocker brew is the Maple Nut Brown Ale. We walked around the cute town for a while but then the rain started up so we moved along.

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On our way, we stopped at Georgetown to check out the designated big horn sheep viewing area. Turns out, the sheep were on vacation too. But, the Georgetown Lake was so beautiful, it was worth the stop.

"What do I do with my hands!?"

"What do I do with my hands!?"

Tim did his good deed for the day in the Christie Lodge parking lot. Some poor soul' s car broke down and he helped him push it in the rain. Go Tim!

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Tonight, it's a relaxing, rainy, Redbox kind of night. Tomorrow, it's the Aspen Art Festival!

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Washington D.C.

Day 3: Ping Pong...it's not just a game.

sunny 71 °F

After a quick breakfast and coffee at the apartment, I headed back out for my last day of sights. This time, however, I was armed with personal tour guide and monument/memorial aficionado Shannon. Good thing too, as I likely would have gotten lost at some point. We started off at the World War II memorial. Though the fountain and waterfall were under renovation, the memorial was very impressive. Each state is represented, as well as the key battles. It was very crowded, but worth it to see all of the veterans that were present to pay their respects. There were also several war advertisement and propoganda replicas on hand this day to view, which were very interesting. Though seeing Superman telling you to "Slap a Jap" was a little off putting in today's context.
WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Home

Home

Home home

Home home

Next, we headed over to the Vietnam Memorial. We stopped to listen to a tour guide explain the concept, which includes a reflective surface to remind us that it could have been anyone's name on that wall. It was also interesting to find out that to this day, names are added periodically, which requires them to remove a section of stone and re-do it. While there, my dad asked me to check for 2 names of people he had served with and who he had lost contact with when they were sent over. The names were not included, which according to my dad meant that they made it home safe. I was very glad to be able to share that info with him.
Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

The Lincoln memorial was up next. This was the sight I was most looking forward to seeing out of the whole trip because let's face it, Lincoln was a bad-ass (even when he wasn't slaying vampires). The monument was amazing, with the views of the reflective pool, the detail of the statue, and of course the inscription of the Gettysburg address. Just the enormity of the building and the columns were impressive enough.
Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Reflecting Pool

Reflecting Pool

At that point, Julie was finishing up work. So before we headed over to meet her, we stopped at the Korean War Memorial. Just like all the others, the thought and detailed put in are truly amazing. From there, we hiked it across to China Town to meet Julie. We grabbed some dim sum at a place called Ping Pong, a sort of "Asian infusion" style place. Our arrogant waiter gave us his suggestions which he "guaranteed and is right about 100% of the time." Our meal (consisting of virtually nothing that he suggested) was really good, even Julie's drink which I like to call a Tapioca Gummy Bear Fizz.
Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

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Chinatown

Chinatown

Ping Pong

Ping Pong

After lunch, the three of us headed back down towards the National mall & Tidal Basin. We made it to the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, and one more stop at Lincoln before we had to hustle back to the apartment to get ready for our dinner reservations. Luckily Shannon knew this speedy walk home which took 30 minutes and only felt like it took a day & a half.
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Jefferson Memorial

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Tidal Basin

FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

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MLK Memorial

Our Top Chef themed weekend continued at Mike Isabella's Graffiato Restaurant. The place is tapas style and though there was much left to be desired for the ladies, there were a few dishes I really enjoyed. Not to mention my Sex & The City style drink. "Hi, I'm Samantha!"
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We closed the night and weekend out hitting a few bars, all with great beer selections. I would say my favorite was The Passenger bar, though The Board Room was very entertaining with all the games you could play right there at the bar or at a table. They had everything from Scattergories to Don't Break The Ice. Julie picked Marry, Date or Dump, I guess keeping the whole Sex & The City theme going. "I still get to be Samantha!" One last stop for a late night slice of pizza, and the trip had come to an end.

Had an amazing couple of days in DC, and can't thank Shannon enough for her hospitality. Can't wait to go back and see everything that I ran out of time for. Until then or until the next TIMMY TAKEOVER, this is Samantha...um I mean Tim, signing off.

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