Category Archives: Colorado

New Belgium Tour

Geoff and I finally went to one of the places that’s been on our list before we even started packing to leave Seattle. New Belgium. Geoff loves their beer. It’s always a reliable favorite, so it makes sense that we had a great time touring their brewery. I think my Mom phrased it perfectly, “Geoff looks like a kid in a candy shop.”

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New Belgium seems like a great company. They have a rock climbing wall in their warehouse as well as pool and ping pong tables. Employee owned and you receive your own bike after working for the company for 1 year. It seems like they try to be environmentally responsible as well. They have a lot of solar panels and can run their factory for 4 hours a day generated off of solar power. They recycle their water and after they extract all they need from barley for the beer, they give farmers the barley to feed cows.

The tour guide was great. He was energetic and would answer any of our questions with enthusiasm. We waited at the bar before the tour (because we were on the standby list and weren’t sure we could get in) and the bartender gave us a few free tastings because he learned it was our first time there. I don’t think I can count how many generous tastings they gave us on the tour. It was all really good beer, and some of it, you can only get at their brewery.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park #1

I call this number one because we want to go back this weekend. Geoff and I took off a bit early from work and drove up to the park. It only took us about an hour to get there and it was AMAZING. Just how rugged the mountains were, how high in elevation (12,000 feet!) and how beautiful it was. We are going back. This weekend.

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I think we took more pictures than we know what to do with. And of course, our poor photography skills don’t justify just how beautiful the mountains are. We ended our trip with some buffalo burgers and beer. And made it home at a decent hour. It’s pretty awesome how close all these outdoor activities are to Fort Collins.

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7/20 Weekend: Cheyenne, Hiking and More

Hi all!

Geoff and I celebrated our 9 month anniversary by attending Cheyenne Frontier Days (more like we realized it after we had purchased our tickets). The rodeo claims to be “the Daddy of ’em all” and I think that’s definitely true. They had excellent roughstock, hardly any of the bull riders lasted 8 seconds and some great bucking horses. It was the opening day of the rodeo, and they have slack during the day, so I don’t think it was the best of everyone who entered, but it was still fun to watch!

Additionally, the announcer prayed before the rodeo began, they were definitely loyal to the troops and the woman who sang the National Anthem was the best I’ve ever heard (she and her husband put on Sunday Cowboy Church and is the sister of Reba McIntire). The Wyoming Senator was in attendance and when the announcer asked him what he’s been doing in Washington, the Senator replied, “I tell them to leave us alone.”

They also have a “Frontier Town” which consists of some shops selling Western things be it saddles, decor, or pony rides. Dodge RAM was a huge supporter and they set up a track where they gave people rides over some logs, up a huge dirt hill and over some whoops. They were giving out free t-shirts so of course we did it.

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After the rodeo, we hung around town until the Alan Jackson concert. I have to say, it was really really good. Probably one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Randy Houser opened and he was great as well. I think what Geoff and I most liked about Alan Jackson was:

  1. He’s been around for a long time and had over 30 #1 hits
  2. He isn’t like other artists that try to get you cheering or singing parts of the song. His exact words were: “We’re gonna play some music. You can drink, dance, cheer or whatever… I don’t care.”
  3. He doesn’t change guitars or outfits or talk between every song, he just pulls up a stool and starts playing

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Sunday, we tried another church in the morning and then hiked Horsetooth Rock in the afternoon. It was a 5 mile roundtrip hike and took us a little over 2 hours. It was pretty hot, but worth the scramble at the end for the view.

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The picture above is the west view, towards the Rockies. The picture below is the east view, towards the town of Fort Collins and the Horsetooth Resevoir. As you can see in the bottom picture, it was a bit of rock climbing to get to the top.

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Sunday night, we went to the movies to see Despicable Me 2. I think I laughed more than the kid sitting next to Geoff. If you haven’t seen it, go. It’s worth it and super funny.

Monday after work we decided to try some mountain biking. We haven’t gone in Fort Collins yet and there are a lot of trails around, but they are all multi-use trails. Most of them are pretty wide and we had some issues finding one that was easy enough for me. But we talked to a guy on the trail and he pointed us in the right direction to Pineridge. It was almost too easy, like riding on a gravel road, but then we ended up finding a singletrack some rocks and roots.

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That’s it for today! We’re hoping to visit the New Belgium brewery tonight or tomorrow.

Wednesday night “Township”

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Wednesday night after work we went to a community group (The Town Church calls them Townships) and had an amazing time. Everyone was so genuine and friendly, we had great conversations and felt like they really wanted to get to know us.

We feel really blessed because God has placed us in the midst of a lot of Christians. We enjoyed the first church we tried out, the people we are working with are incredibly sweet, and the CG that we found was awesome. One of the most important criteria points was that there was a Jesus-loving, bible-believing church that emphasizes community. And we found one on our first try! We still plan to check out a few other churches, but Geoff and I both enjoyed The Town Church immensely.

Thursday there was a large thunderstorm that ended up canceling an outdoor concert that we planned to attend with Mack and her family. This was no Seattle thunderstorm. Rain drops were huge and hit the ground hard, there was a lot of lightning flashes and thunder. It was pretty fun to watch!

Fort Collins downtown puts on a lot of events in the summertime, such as this free concert, sidewalk sales, or art walks. We still went out to dinner at a great burger place and had a good time.

Saturday we are going to Cheyenne’s Frontier Days to watch the PRCA rodeo and Alan Jackson in concert. We are really excited!