|Mountain View from Gondola in Telluride, CO.|
|Courtney (and baby Cedar), Leanne, Jenni, and I|
For this years girls trip, we decided to meet up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a week of hiking, a trip to the annual Balloon Rodeo, and some town shenanigans. Courtney, now carting around her baby, Cedar, lives in Steamboat, so it provided the perfect home-base to explore Colorado. With extra time, I decided to first fly to Los Angeles, where Leanne lives, and then we would road trip up to Steamboat, picking up friend Jenni on the way. This gave us a chance to explore some more of the West as well. My blog posts about the trip are meant to catalog my memories and photos from the trip, and also serve those who are looking for similar trips. Below you will see my itinerary as well as links to blog posts that give more detail about events, hikes, and locations. Please contact me if you have any questions!
|We drove over 2,300 miles. Map by google maps|
|Venice Beach, CA|
Day 2 (July 5) - Beach Day! Get a pedicure (so LA!) at 9 am. Drive to Venice Beach at 10 am. Since it was early, we found free parking a few blocks from the beach. Read, chat, swim at the beach until 2 pm. Return to Leanne's apartment for showers and movie night.
|View of Los Angeles from Cahuenga Peak hike|
|Santa Monica Pier at Sunset|
Day 4 (July 7) - Rollerblade from Venice Beach to Santa Monica and back. Street parking available at 9 am. Easy rentals at Venice Beach - mine was $15 for 3 hours (cash). Easy Rollerblading terrain and no crowds on a Monday morning. Pack up and drive east to Wrightwood, California (2 hour drive). Spend the night with friend Jenni (who will be going on trip).
Day 5 (July 8) - Breakfast at the Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood, CA and drive to Park City, Utah. Stay at cousin Polly and Matt's house in Park City. Dinner in Park City at Vinto Italian Restaurant.
|Palm Trees at Venice Beach, CA|
|Dinosaur at Dinosaur NM|
|Hiking in Dinosaur National Monument, UT|
|Strawberry Park Hot Springs|
|Sunset Happy Hour|
|Lower Fish Creek Falls|
Day 9 (July 12) - Start the day with a hike up Emerald Mountain to view hot air balloons rising at the nearby "Balloon Rodeo". Visit West Lincoln Park for the 40th Annual "Art in the Park" event. Walk among vendors selling jewelry, art, and clothing. Enjoy live music and food for sale. Afterwards, head back to Courtney's to get tubes for a tubing afternoon down the Yampa River. Put tubes in at Fetcher Park behind Mid Valley shopping area. Expect some rapids and a fast moving river. We took out at 13th Street Bridge. We had our own tubes, but many places including Backdoor Sports rent and sell tubes. After tubing, we cleaned up and headed up to Gondola Park by free bus to see the Balloon Glow. Unfortunately, the wind made it impossible to blow up the balloons, but we enjoyed people watching.
|Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs, CO|
|Balloon Rodeo 2014, Steamboat Springs, CO|
|Idarado Legacy Trail|
Walk Idarado Legacy Trail through town. Trail meanders along the river and provides interpretive signs about the area. We had hoped to hike up to Bridal Veil falls but heard from another hiker that the trail was closed due to maintenance. Take free gondola from Telluride, to summit, and then down to Mountain village, and back. Stop at summit and enjoy breathtaking views of Telluride and surrounding mountains. Leave Telluride and drive the 12 hours back to Wrightwood, California - with a stop at the Four Corners Monument in UT, CO, NM, and AZ.
|View from top of Gondola in Telluride, CO.|
|View from the car in Arizona|
Overall, we drove over 2,300 miles. It was a great adventure and I look forward to more girls trips next summer!
|Boots at happy hour|
For other "Girls Trip" blog posts check out the following...
2012 - Newfoundland - 2 weeks hiking, camping, and exploring. Blog magazine at http://ontherocktrip.blogspot.com/
2013 - Michigan - Upper and Lower Peninsula hiking, camping, and exploring. Post on Freelance Adventure at
Beaches, Dunes and City Walks - HERE
Pictured Rocks Astounds - HERE