The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go

Every now and then, OneCuteCowboy and I get off the ranch and out of town. Last weekend my parents and the two of us went up to Colorado. Our destination was Steamboat Springs, CO, but we had a few stops to make on the way. We started out Saturday morning for Denver to go to a Rockies game. On our way up there, my mom realized we’d be going by the OSU “Remember the 10” memorial site. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, back in 2001 a plane went down near Byers,CO, where 2 players of the OSU Cowboys basketball team, 6 members of the coaching staff and OSU broadcasting team, and the pilot and co-pilot were killed. You can learn more about it here. You see, my family are all big OSU fans. My Papa Sam played football there in the 40’s, and my parents (and all their siblings) went to school there as well. My oldest sister, Kizzi went there, and I spent my Freshman year of college there, along with other cousins that have also gone there, so needless to say, we all bleed orange. Anyhow, we decided to stop and pay our respects. It was a very nice memorial site. It’s in the middle of nowhere, so much so that I was just sure we had taken a wrong turn and were going to end up lost, but we made it.

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It’s one of those places I have no words to describe it. I’m glad we stopped though.

 

Then we were off to make it to the Rockies game. My parents had never been to a professional baseball game before, so we were excited to take them. Riley and I have only been a few times, but we fell in love with Coors Field the very first time we went. We are now Rocky fans for life! 😉

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We love the atmosphere, the smell of good food wafting through the stadium, watching them prep the field before the game, the respect that’s shown when the red, white, and blue comes on the field, and just the camaraderie of it all. To be a part of something like this, is just plain fun. We really had a good time!

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We had pretty great seats

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Dad & Mom

Best of all, the Rockies won against the Philly’s 8-2. Since it was the weekend after the 4th, they were doing fireworks after the game. We thought that was pretty cool, but man, we weren’t expecting just how cool they’d be! That was the best fireworks I’ve seen all at one time. They shut all the lights off, and just left the Rockies sign lit up, and then they literally lit up the sky. It was awesome!

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Night games are the best

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This picture doesn’t even start to do the fireworks show justice

It was a really fun night and we can’t wait to go back and do it all again.

We were up the next morning to head to Steamboat Springs. Last summer, OneCuteCowboy and I made a trip up to Aspen and came through the cutest little town called Idaho Springs (I am incredibly sad I didn’t get a single picture in Idaho Springs, I was so excited to be there I completely forgot). Riley fell in love with an ice cream shop, and I fell in love with a little store called The Wild Grape. It just so happens, that Idaho Springs is just about 40 miles outside of Denver, on our way to Steamboat Springs. I was so excited! We decided to stop and grab some ice cream at Miner Decadence Chocolates, which I might add has the best homemade ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. If you ever go be sure and get a couple chocolate covered cherries as well, they are wonderful! After we got our ice cream, we wondered on down to The Wild Grape. It has all kinds of fun knick-knacks, kitchen gadgets, lovely smelling candles, outdoor whimsy decorations, and fantastic “selfish necessities” as it claims on their sign. I left with a new candle, a cute new tea rest, and finally had the chance to buy some of the Badger Balm, lip balm. I talked about another Badger product in this post. I was glad to go back and I’m in hopes of stopping by again near Christmas time.

Then we were ready to continue on to Steamboat Springs. As we were filling up with gas, getting ready to leave town, I had just gotten in the passenger side and we were all loaded up, when this guy, around my age, that had been in front of me in line inside the store had stopped and was pointing for me to roll my window down. I thought he was going to tell us we had a flat, or maybe we’d left the gas tank open. Instead he said, “I really like what your shirt says,” he then gave a a thumbs up and said, “good words.” You see, I was wearing my new, soft Bible School t-shirt that the leaders had been given to wear. On the front it has an arrow with the words “Be Something Bigger Than Yourself” with our church’s name at the bottom, and the back reads this,

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I actually had planned on wearing a different shirt that day, but for some reason changed my mind that morning and put this one on instead. Maybe that guy needed those words that day. Maybe there were others that read it without commenting, but it left them thinking. God works in wondrous ways, sometimes it’s a small nudge, and we may not even know it’s a nudge from God,  but I’m glad I changed my mind and I put on that shirt that morning.

So then we were finally off to arrive at our final destination. We drove through about 2 hours of beautiful mountain side country, filled with green knolls, evergreen trees, and small ponds and lakes. It was a beautiful drive up there, and even more beautiful when we got to Steamboat.

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This was out of my parents hotel window

We were pretty exhausted, and hadn’t eaten lunch by the time we rolled into town, but we wanted to stop at a few shops before going to eat or finding out hotel. Steamboat has a cute downtown, with lots of shopping, and little restaurants. Unfortunately we got there late in the day, and our hunger out-weighed our wanting to shop so we just stopped in a couple places then decided it was time to eat. But I want to go back sometime and really spend some time downtown. We found a Mexican food place called Fiesta Jalisco that definitely satisfied our hangry-ness. We spent the rest of the evening in our hotel and getting ice cream.

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The next morning was the livestock sale, the whole reason we’d made the trip up there. OneCuteCowboy is a Superior Livestock Rep, only one of the many irons he has in the fire. So we’d gone up there for their big Week In The Rockies livestock sale. My dad had some of his cattle in the sale that would be selling that morning.

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Superior Livestock Sale

It was a nice morning, high of 68 degrees, whereas at home it was more around 101. Talk about a nice change! It was beautiful out. It was an early morning, but it’s always fun to hear the auctioneer and see all the different cattle on video being sold. Superior is a way to sale livestock through internet and tv sales instead of physically having to go to a sale barn to buy/sale cattle. You can have buyers all over the country seeing your cattle from home and calling in to bid. It’s really pretty neat when you think of the substantial amount of ranchers and farmers that could be watching. I personally love how they always have a flag and the pledge of allegiance and a prayer before they start.

About 6 hours later and we were back in the car for the 7 1/2 hour drive home. It was a fun time, and definitely worth the trip! I can’t wait to go back up sometime to enjoy the mountains. For when the mountains start calling, the only cure is to head to higher elevation. 🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little story! What are some trips you’re taking this summer? Where are some of your favorite places to go?

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