• North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    9 Stellar Day Hikes Near Denver

    When I hear that someone is headed to travel to Colorado, the majority are staying in Denver – and with good reason. The city is a great, central hub for entrance to the Rockies and is surrounded by fantastic hiking choices. (Oh, and not to mention, is overflowing with¬†delicious restaurants.) The high quantity and quality of trails offered can be a bit overwhelming for newcomers, however. Should you go to Roxborough, which is around an hour south? Or should you commit to the two hours and head north to Estes? Well with a bit of tedious planning, paired with an extended weekend, you can likely squish in the great majority…

  • Garbage Gobbles,  North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    Garbage Gobbles: Denver Ed.

    St. Louis is hashtag blessed to have an abundance of vegan and vegetarian restaurants/options. It’s surprising, I know, given that we are a red state known for our BBQ. But luckily, for me, we have at least four restaurants that I can name off of the top of my head that are completely vegetarian or vegan. Denver is the only city that I have considered to have topped St. Louis in their selection. In fact, it’s the only city I have ever wanted to drive hundreds of miles out of the way for, just to eat a veggie burger (key word here is wanted. I haven’t done it – yet).…

  • North America,  Self Love,  Travel

    Hiking My Way Into 25 – In Denver

    “How does it feel to be a quarter of the way to 100?” I asked my friend Shipley, who is a mere 4 days older than me. “I feel just like a quarter does whenever sitting next to the other change – large and in charge.” A lot of hullabaloo has surrounded my birthday in my latest blog posts – obviously, given that I am a huge celebrator. Originally I had intended on going to New Orleans. Warm weather, Hand Grenades, and vegan po’boys were all calling my name. But as the month approached, I became weirdly introspective. Did I want to drive 10 hours to hammer boozy slushies, just…