Oh man, oh man.

Thanksgiving break could not come soon enough to satisfy my heart. This semester has truly been a whirlwind for me. Earlier this semester I was initiated into Delta Phi Epsilon. Not only did I join DPhiE this semester, but I also served as the Vice President for my service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Couple my social activities with my upper level classes, and my photography business, you can see why I have been counting down the days until Thanksgiving break.

Two of my friends and I decided to make the twelve hour trek from Missouri to Denver on the first Saturday of our break. We stayed in an AirBnB outside of Denver, in Aurora. The AirBnB mimicked the visual aesthetic that we expected of Colorado. It was oh so rustic, with a cute little loft for a living room.

Our first full day in the Centennial State was Sunday. I was lucky enough to wake up with the sunrise thanks to the skylight in the AirBnB (and snap several photos) before we headed out of Denver and into Estes Park.

Estes is a tiny little town at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. Before heading into the park we got breakfast at Mountain Home Cafe. The cafe is a rustic joint that shares a shopping mall with a Safeway (throwback to the time that I lived in Oregon, and Safeway’s were on most corners). I ordered the Arizona hash browns. Living in Missouri, I’m way too accustomed to ‘spicy’ food consisting of an entree flavored with a lot of black pepper, and maybe if you’re lucky a splash of red pepper flakes. Thankfully, the hash browns were the perfect amount of spice, and flavor.

After breakfast we finally headed up into the mountains! This wasn’t my first time visiting the mountains, but it was the first time that I have visited in the snowy season. We do get some snow in the dead of winter in Missouri, but never never that much! We saw a bunch of people sledding, and a few people skiing within the park.

Once we had enough of the frigid temperates up in the Rockies, we headed back down into Boulder to get lunch at Happa, where I seriously had the best vegetarian sushi of my life. After lunch we did some window shopping on Pearl Street before heading to Eldorado Canyon State Park to watch the sunset.

Thankfully the park was mostly empty, and we had the beautiful sandstone cliffs mostly to ourselves. Anna and Garren spent a bunch of time climbing the cliffs while I prefer to keep photographed the beautiful scenery. Right as the sun disappeared from the sky for the evening, the sky turned a beautiful color. It was purple, pink, and blue all at the same time, and was swirled with gorgeous gold colored clouds. Never have I ever seen such a beautiful sunset!

Read more of my Colorado experience here and here!

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