Healthy Lifestyle

Boulder Baby….Part 3

Part 3. Day 3 in Boulder

I woke up in my nice, warm, cozy bed and………felt like a truck hit me. Ok, not that bad, but my poor bum, so sore!

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I questioned whether or not I wanted to hike or just take an easy relaxing day to explore the shops, bookstores, etc.  I woke up bright and early, had my coffee and decided to go!  I did not come to Boulder to not see mountains and SNOW!  So I made the decision to go. Thankfully so, because this ended up being the highlight of my trip……

Since I was in Boulder, car-less (which was not a problem, public transportation, biking and walking are excellent) I was still limited as to where I could go.  I wanted to go to Estes ParkImage result for hiking estes park but it was a bit of a hall. I only had one day so I chose a local trail that I could easily access (only 1 mile from the house). Mt. Sanita’s it is!

So, a little history about Mt. Sanita’s. I think it was pretty cool 🙂 Sanita’s was given the name because it once housed a very famous, sanitarium.

Boulder Sanitarium circa 1900

Some patients…..

Photo - Historic photo of Boulder Sanitarium patients

The trail I hiked was Mt. Sanita’s Loop (click here for a great description of the 3 trails options) Yup, you must be pretty crazy to hike this……..(hahaah)

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I am by no means an experienced or excellent hiker, but I have gone on a quite a few with groups and on my own. Nothing I have done would have ever prepared for what I was about to embark on. This hike was HARD. It was difficult. Especially if you are not used to hikes, elevation, and rocks.  You MUST have proper hiking shoes and I saw a lot of people with walking poles which is probably a great idea. Also, if you have bad knees, I would not recommend this.  It is very rocky and a combination of rocks mixed with dirt make it quite slippery. So just be cautious.  It is a heavily populated trail so no worries if you get lost or injured, someone will be by soon enough to help you out.

Starts out like this 

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Then pretty much the entire way up, so be careful with your footing, ALL rocks, the steps are only in the beginning

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Denver behind meIMG_4276

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a visitor from Texas, the area he lives in is below sea level, so he was having difficulty breathing!  He was a trooper!

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Almost there!

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WOW!! Made it!

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snow capped mountains, year round

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I met the most awesome trio on my way up. I am so grateful for the expertise and knowledge. I would have thought I was at the top of Mt. Sanitas long before I actually was there and would have missed out so much!  Thank you to the awesome couple and your visiting brother for letting me join you!

Also on my way down, I met a pup who stayed with me at each big rock and drop. I think he sensed I was nervous, he literally stood right next to me and let me lean on him when I was going down! Animals are amazing!

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I was hoping to come across a mountain lion (ok maybe not really, but still) it would have been super cool

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After my hike, I biked on over to Vic’s Coffee for an iced coffee.

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As I was enjoying my coffee, I had a little visitor crawling on my leg. A tick. Gah!  I did not even think about ticks!  So I reminded myself to do a check when I got home.  Vic’s did not receive great reviews, but I thought it was great coffee, it was convenient and had great hours (not many places open at 6 am like Vic’s)

After my coffee break, I headed back to my place to shower and pack up for the day. I had the entire day ahead of me but had to check out by noon. My host was so accommodating and held onto my luggage so I did not have to tote it along with me. I have to mention how AWESOME my host was. I felt so safe as well as my personal things the ENTIRE time! That means a lot when you are traveling solo (If you are planning a trip to Boulder and need accommodations, email me and I would be happy to give you the info)

I had one thing planned for the day. RELAXING.  I headed downtown and strolled along Pearl street.

Great store advertisements 🙂

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Candy!!!IMG_4285

Smoke shop

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Peace, Love and Chocolate (the pretiest chocolate shop)IMG_4291

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The MOST beautiful chocolates

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These were the cutest!

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Made my way over to SHINE again for lunch, then back to the streets!

This was the best bookstore EVER! Boulder Bookstore is 3 levels of pure bliss!! I loved that they had NEW and USED books here!!  Tons of merchandise and cute little nooks to explore all the …..books 🙂IMG_4299

I ended up with a used copy of one of my favorite authors, Tana Frenchs’, The Likeness

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Look what I found…..I opened it up and it was empty LOLIMG_4301

After some shopping, I decided to have afternoon tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House This place is breathtaking. You must visit while in Boulder.

The ceiling

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I ordered the Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea, the server brought out this cute little display. With timer and all!  After the time ran out (3 min) I was able to enjoy. It was fabulous with some honey and almond milk! I was hooked!

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I also ordered the vegan cheesecake sopapilla. This was amazing!

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More inside

Photo of Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - Boulder, CO, United States. Seats & Tables

jams, lemon curd and biscuits

Photo of Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse - Boulder, CO, United States. cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd for the scones

After tea and dessert, I headed back to stroll around. I loved looking at the homes, people and scenery. Its just fun to sit down and people watch. Which I found myself doing from time to time.

 

After my fill of walking, I headed back to meet my host to get my bags.  Then I settled myself in a coffee shop and read a bit while waiting for my bus to the Denver Airport!  At this point, I really wanted my bed.  I am not sure I will ever take a “red eye” flight again. The flight was great, just the wait is LONG. I am not a night person……

 

I am sure there are things I am missing, but these were the highlights of my trip. It was beautiful.  It was jam packed, it was an experience 🙂 Now I need a vacation…..

 

Happy Travels!

 

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