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Family Visit: Red Rocks

Wow! February is already here!!! I can’t even believe it! January went way too quickly. I can’t even believe it. Although, not gonna lie, I am super ready for sunshine and warmth. We just got another 4-6 inches of snow last night so I am beyond ready for some warmth and sunshine down here in Denver. Keep winter up in the mountains so I can continue to have my ski season, but warmth down here.

Anyway, my mom and sisters have been in town since last Monday! It has been a whirlwind week. They leave on Tuesday but I thought I would share some snapshots of the fun we have had!

Tuesday, I started them out by taking them to Red Rocks. It is absolutely stunning there and essential to see when you are here in the Denver area!

Aren’t these rocks beautiful?!

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The amphitheater at Red Rocks!

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The stairs at Red Rocks!

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This is Tara’s “I totally crushed that!” face! Lol!

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It looks like everyone was pretty tired!

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More adventures to come! Keep an eye out!

Happy February everybody!

See ya!

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Kauai, I Miss You

Kauai was an amazing, once in a lifetime trip. I am so glad that we took this time to go and get away for awhile. I am glad TJ and I finally had some time just for us. It was a really magical place and I would love to go back again some day!

Fun facts:
~ It is crazy hot and humid there.
~ Hanalei has some super great farmers markets
~ Snowcones are delicious, get it with ice cream!
~ Puka Dog makes the best lemonade ever!
~ The Kalalau is dangerous, don’t slip
~ Jurassic Park was filmed partly on Kauai
~ So was South Pacific (Bali Hai, hidden island, come to me…)
~ A lot of movies have scenes filmed in Kauai

Hanalei Bay was honestly one of my favorite parts. It was absolutely peaceful and stunning. No wonder they filmed South Pacific there. We went out on the pier at sunset and got these wonderful shots!

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Kauai was amazing and beautiful! I highly recommend going if you get the chance!

See ya!

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Kalalau

Not gonna lie, when we were talking to people on the island about Kalalau, the trail and the beach, everyone seemed super reverential and kind of mystical about it. I thought it was weird and just kind of the islanders being islanders. I know I know, super tourist here! But then you get out on the trail and you realize why they are that way.

This was my first backpacking trip ever. It was 11 miles in and then back out. We did it in 3 days. 11 miles in the first day and then we split the trip back over the next two days. (Much better decision there.) It is truly a remarkable trail and beach. I can understand why so many people are so in awe.

So, this was our view for the majority of the time. Rough right?!

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The water was so extremely blue, especially along the coast!

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We loved taking pictures! How could you not love that view?!

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We came across some trees on a hill that looked so much like the brooms from Fantasia. It was hilarious!

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As you can see, our walkway was not very big. Lol!

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By the end of the first night, we had arrived at Kalalau Beach which is only accessible by hiking or by boat. Not many people who travel to Kauai get to see this beautiful beach! Definitely worth the torturous hike that we had just finished. I slept like a baby that night!

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The funny thing about the Kalalau is that there is a group of homeless people that live there. Often times they are fully nude. I saw more naked bodies than I cared to. They live in the caves and in the valley that spreads out behind the beach, the valley I showed you earlier last week. You could live off of passion fruit forever back there. It is crazy!

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On our way back, we found this amazing waterfall! It seriously went on forever and ever! Tallest waterfall I have ever seen in person!

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Definitely way taller than me! 😛

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Now that I have conquered what Backpacker Magazine has labeled one of the top 10 deadliest hikes in the country, I feel like I can take on most other backpacking trips that come my way! Bring it on Colorado!

See ya!

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Kauai: Playing in the Water

Snorkeling! I love snorkeling so much! Seriously one of my favorite things to do ever! We saw so many cool fish! I saw a bright purple and yellow one! It ran away before I got a good picture of it though. Anyway, here is the fun we had while we were snorkeling on the northern coast of Kauai!

Just look at how clear that water is!

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Little fishies! They were everywhere!

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See, what did I tell ya?!

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Then there were some bigger fishies!

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All over the place, I’m tellin’ ya!

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I am not sure which one of this is, but it is a way cool picture!

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GoPros are good for taking selfless!

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i love this face!

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All of us! Yay for jumping!

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I love how TJ got this shot! So so cool!

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If you were to look through all of the pictures we took on this trip, you would see how much we loved snorkeling. The majority of our pictures were while we were snorkeling!

Loved it!

Have you ever been snorkeling? What was the coolest fish you saw?!

See ya!

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Kauai: Surfin’ Time

On one of the days, TJ and our friends that we went with decided to take surfing lessons. TJ had always wanted to and I was just not feeling it. It happens. I had a great day otherwise. But watching these guys try to stay upright on the surfboard was hilarious! I got pictures of all of them standing though!

Here is everybody headed out to take the lesson! They came to realize the long boards are wayyyyyy easier than the short boards!

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Here goes TJ!

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Here goes Alexi!

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Here goes Becky!

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They had so much fun! They were totally sore afterwards too! Found muscles they don’t use very often!

Have you tried surfing? How did you do?

See ya!

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Kauai Part 1 (finally)

I am finally blogging about Hawaii! Just going through the pictures made me desperate to go back! Oh man! These are not in chronological order but just some of my highlights. The pictures really do not do it justice. Enjoy!

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On one of the days we were there we did a short little day hike into one of the state parks. It was amazingly beautiful! Sprinkled a little that day but there wasn’t a day where we didn’t get sprinkled on. It created this super beautiful fog though and that made for some wonderful pictures!

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While on this hike, we got to look into the valley that we would be hiking in a week later. This is the Kalalau Valley. Honestly, really majestic. The mountains there are truly amazing!

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This was one of their tallest mountains. It topped out right about where Denver’s altitude starts lol!

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We had way too much fun hiking this little day hike!

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While we were out there, we came across this waterfall and definitely hopped in and swam and sat under the waterfall. Oh my goodness, it was freezing! I am pretty sure I was screaming as I sat under the waterfall. I don’t scream very often.

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This was not on our hike, but I was not quite sure where else to put it. This is called Queen’s Bath. It was super cool! Waves came in a little bit but it was just this little cove just a couple blocks from our condo!

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Aloha from Kauai!!!

Hey guys!!! We are having a wonderful time in Kauai!! We have another several days left here and I am already dreading going home lol. We have seen some amazing views and done some amazing things that I can wait to share when I get back. You guys are definitely going to be jealous. But until next week, I am off to keep enjoying  Kauai!

See ya!

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