Being outside…a Colorado high all on it’s own

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There are many reasons I have decided to call Colorado home.

All these reasons make me feel zen and make me feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be at this time of my life. The outdoors are mostly what contribute to these zen feelings.

I work full-time at a job I love, but when I have my days off I look to life outside my door. I live right smack in the middle of Denver, Colorado which is about 40 minutes away from the mountains and I try to get out of the city when I can.

There is a little place I love in the Evergreen area called Elk Meadow Dog Park. The photo above was taken here in November when all the foliage was happening. This is a dog park/hiking trail and is a great way to exercise you and your pup. Obviously it’s better in the summer and fall months, but you can catch some days in the winter where it’s not too cold. It’s a scenic drive to Elk Meadow from Denver. Afterwards you can check out the adorable mountain town of Evergreen while you are on your adventure.

There are closer options to get outside if you don’t have the time to drive up to the mountains. Denver is home to many parks to enjoy the outdoors. My favorite park is Washington Park and I frequent this park most to run with my dog or just to enjoy outdoor activities. There are many other parks in the Denver area. Cheesman Park and City Park are two of my other favorite parks in the area.

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Washington Park in the winter

No matter where you go outside, or what you do, it never feels bad. There are so many options and opportunities to leave your house and embrace the outside beauty that awaits you. Go skiiing or boarding, go hiking or camping, the list never ends.

I’m adding two things to my “Things that Make Denver Great” list. Elk Meadows Dog Park(even though it’s technically in Evergreen) and Washington Park. (Both pictured above) Enjoy!

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Back to it…and Things that Make Denver Great

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I’m not much into resolutions. I’m more into the idea of always trying to better myself, year round whether it be financially, physically, emotionally, etc. 2015 was pretty hard to top. I had a lot of amazing things happen last year and I’m only ready to try and top last years goals and manifestations.

It was a stressful start to 2016. It’s always hard when I am not able to go see my family for the holidays, the upside is I was able to put in a lot of hours at work. Plus, there’s always the “holiday hangover” as I like to call it. I got pretty lazy and had my fair share in snacks and LOTS of libations.

Being in the business I’m in, drinking beer is my job. Beer is not a low calorie food, so I have to find ways to help myself feel healthy. I had a couple days off this week and the weather in Denver happened to be beautiful! Definitely an improvement from the high of 16 we had a couple weeks ago.

I live really close to the Cherry Creek Trail and decided to take Lucy on a run. I am not really a runner by any means, but I have found that I really enjoy it and it’s a great way to clear your head. I turned on my workout playlist and just went for it. As soon as I knew it I was at 2.5 miles on MapMyRun. It felt amazing to be outside in the Colorado air and I’m constantly reminded of why I live here. My goal is to have more of these moments this year.

Denver is a great runners city, it’s also great for bikes. The Cherry Creek Trail runs through the city and beyond. The trail starts downtown near R.E.I and runs 40 miles through Cherry Creek State Park and beyond. The trail is also a great way to get downtown for brews, a baseball game in the summer, or anything else that suits your fancy. The Cherry Creek Trail is going on my “Things that Make Denver Great” list for 2016.

I’m starting my list today with this entry. Along with other random posts, I will be adding my favorite things about Denver regularly. Stay tuned for more . 🙂

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