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There’s snow place like CO

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Finals week is calling my name, which is why I have been MIA the past week.  Actually, my finals are pretty nicely spaced out this quarter.  The problem is more that I spent all weekend playing in the mountains, and now I am paying for it by being forced to productively use every second of my day.  This hasn’t been all bad.  Today I went to work for a few hours, wrote a 14 page paper, took a break for pho and fro yo (phro yo?) with my friends, and ended my day hanging at Shreya’s.  It was perhaps the most productive day I have had in months.

Anyway, what was so important this weekend that I just couldn’t find time to work on my finals?  Well first of all, the rapture!  Big let down there, I had totally scheduled around it and all.  Second of all, one of my friends from college is living in Colorado Springs temporarily and had a friend in town from Florida who had never seen the mountains.  Of course I wanted to be involved in giving her a taste of what Colorado has to offer.  On the agenda for Saturday was hiking in the mountains, which quickly turned into snowshoeing because Colorado has had a ridiculous season of snow this year.  We went to Rocky Mountain National Park and it looks exactly the same as it did when Shreya and I went snowshoeing in March.

Florida girls and snowshoeing

Snowy Dream Lake

Actually, it even snowed while we were snowshoeing.  The snow, or rather ice pellets, were hitting us all in the face when we got to Dream Lake, so we made the easy decision to turn around.  If Saturday had been my last day on Earth though, I’m glad I spent it in the mountains.

Sunday brought another quintessential Colorado activity: white water rafting!  I went white water rafting a few times last year at Clear Creek and Gore Canyon but never had an excuse to raft on the Arkansas River.  So when Katie found an awesome Groupon for rafting in Canon City, I couldn’t say no.  It was a gorgeous drive from Denver down to Canon City, and NASCAR Paula always enjoys the 75 MPH speed limit on I-25.

The part of the Arkansas we rafted

Rafting was really fun, and we rafted right under the Royal Gorge Bridge, which is one of those Colorado tourist activities I just haven’t gotten around to.  On the way back through Canon City we stopped at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and did some wine tastings.  The wine was surprisingly really good!  I always knew Colorado had really good beer, and now I can add wine to the list.

Basically there’s snow place like Colorado.  Snowshoeing, whitewater rafting and wine tasting all in one weekend?  Definitely worth some painful finals this week!

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Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

One thought on “There’s snow place like CO

  1. I love it! Thanks again for SUCH a great weekend! We had a blast. I’m probably just going to link people to your blog when I post about this because you just described it all so well. Haha

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