Saturday, January 31, 2015

Erin's Birthday

Erin and I celebrated her birthday last weekend by taking the train downtown. We started at the Peaks Lounge at the top of the Hyatt. Then it was over to the newly renovated Union train station for a late dinner at Stoic & Genuine.
They had great seafood with oysters being their specialty.
We finished the night back at our hotel. It was a nice little getaway.

This weekend we're celebrating with Erin's family for dinner. It's fun being able to celebrate my wonderful wife.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New Year 2015

For New Year's Eve this week Erin and I had dinner with her parents at Lou's Food Bar for some spicy fried chicken and games of shuffleboard and foosball. We went back home pretty early though and had a quiet rest of the evening.

On Saturday we had Erin's parents and her sister's family over for dinner. It was nice that they were able to come over even with it snowing out. After dinner everyone was playing in the living room either with baby Jack, the dogs, or a game of Hungry, Hungry Hippos.

As Erin and I tried to remember what we had done for previous New Years' Eve she noted that I have posted to my blog for a while making it difficult to remember these things. I've got an app to post from my phone so hope that will make it easier to post more often.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas in California

This year, for Christmas break, Erin and I decided to drive to California (rather than flying).  We wanted to introduce Naga to the beach and to my parents new puppy, Trixie.

We split the driving up over two and a half days, avoiding a snow storm in the Rockies by leaving earlier than planned on Saturday.  We stayed in Grand Junction, CO, St. George, UT, and Bakersfield, CA on our way out.  While in Bakersfield we were able to have breakfast with my friend Joe.

Before heading out to the beach we stopped in Paso Robles to do some wine tasting and have some lunch.  Naga really enjoyed splashing around in the surf once she got used to the waves.  We also got a chance to have lunch on the harbor at Morro Bay and go for a hike at Irish Hills National Reserve.

In Tulare it was great to spend Christmas with my family.  It would have been nice to spend more time with them, but we had to get back on the road to head back to Colorado.  It ended up being a lot of time on the road.  It was a scenic drive, but maybe next time we'll just fly.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


For Fall Break we went out to see Erin's brother Andrew and his wife Sara in Chicago.  It was nice to see some of the less-touristy parts of the city which we had already seen.

It was especially fun going to nice restaurants (Eagle, Eagle von Eagle) and tasting whiskey at the Koval distillery.  We also rode bicycles along the lake front and did some shopping.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Concert in the Park

In August we went to Concert in the Park at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  The gardens were beautiful with these Chihuly glass sculptures.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Hikes

One of my favorite hikes of the year was up to Rogers Peak Lake and Heart Lake.  At 8.7 miles round-trip it was one of the longest hikes we did.  The views were stunning.  We started at Moffat tunnel near Rollinsville and had a picnic near the lakes.

Another great hike was one we did in July down in Pike's Peak National Forest.  This one took us up to a beaver pond.  Maybe next year we'll go camping up here and get even farther.

In autumn we went to see the leaves on the aspens change colors.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Crested Butte

At the end of July we went with Erin's family up to Crested Butte where her parents had rented a place to stay for several days.  It was the height of wildflower season and the hills were blooming with a large variety of flowers.

We took several hikes through the mountains, enjoyed a jeep tour with a guide that pointed out different varieties of flowers, and had a lot of great food and drink.

It was really nice of Erin's parents to treat us to such a wonderful experience.