My Experience At The Women’s March in Denver

So this past week/weekend were big ones with shifting administrations and the country’s (and world’s) reactions to it. I decided to attend the Women’s March here in Denver and wanted to share some of my thoughts and experiences. I was hoping to get a little video collage up but that hasn’t happened yet, hopefully I’ll get it in my next vlog! 

One of the biggest things I noticed being in a crowd of 150,000+ people – easily the biggest collection of folks I’ve ever been in the middle of – was that there was no tension. Usually in crowds – concerts, markets, festivals, etc – it can be frustrating and tense to be so close to other people, being bumped into, unable to see well and having your bubble being taken over by others. People can be impatient and short-tempered. Saturday’s crowd was completely different! 

No one expressed any frustration or annoyance at the other marchers even when there were too many bodies in the city to actually do any marching – we mostly just stood around, reading all the great signs and talking with each other. It was so peaceful and the air was full of acceptance and loving vibes. If you got separated from your group, it was easily the safest place to get lost.

There was chanting and smiles and music and costumes and dogs and singing and laughing and pussyhats everywhere. There were men and women and children of all different beliefs, backgrounds and futures. I think this is what makes this city, state, country and planet great – diversity and being able to disagree peacefully, compassionately and respectfully. Let’s do more of that, yes?

Backpacking in Forgotten Valley

With a name like “Forgotten Valley” how could I not want to check this place out? Luckily, it’s located in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is less than an hour from my house so it’s a pretty convenient place to explore!

This was a great first backpack of the summer – we’ve got more planned including a 4-night trek in Yellowstone at the beginning of September so I wanted to make sure we started slow and simple. This trip was more about exploring a new area, checking that all my gear made it through the winter, finding out what needed to be fixed or replaced, etc. 

The hike in was only about 2.25 gorgeous miles. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere, the blue skies allowed us to see all the views and birds were singing along every step of the way. After we ditched our packs we hiked to City Lights Ridge – a steeper but very rewarding 2+ mile round trip. From the ridge we could see 360 degrees including our campsite, the pond and homestead and another small loop trail we wanted to tackle after we got back.

Needless to say, the pond and restored homestead were gorgeous. Even waiting out a small bit of rain in our tent allowed us gorgeous views of the valley. The swings on the porch of the cabin certainly provided a perfect spot to start off the day with some knitting.

Do you like to camp, backpack, hike and explore? What are some of your favorite memories being outside?

Thanksgiving Snowshoe

Along with winding 17 skeins of yarn (I always bring my swift and cake winder when I visit my momma), Nick, Mona Lisa and I took to the snowy mountains and went for a winter hike before chowing down on Thanksgiving.IMG_2938

I’d never been snowshoeing before (I know, I can’t believe it either) but I absolutely want to go back! I love hiking, I love the snow (and so does Lisa, that dog is hilarious with the snow) and it’s a perfect match when you wear those oversized flipper things with the spikes on the bottom.IMG_2934

Excellent way to work up an appetite, get some exercise and enjoy this beautiful state we live in!IMG_2933

Oh, and get a laugh when the other person falls repeatedly and all you can do is snap pictures instead of offering a helping hand…IMG_2916

Aspen Adventures

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit Aspen, Colorado for a few days with some folks from work. We spent time shooting photo and video for the company and having a great time doing it!IMG_1387

We saw a few sunrises, more sunsets and some fabulous time in the mountains (my favorite place to be).IMG_1530

There was rock climbing and fly fishing, hiking and mountain bike riding, plenty of good food and some beer. I even put the finishing touches on a new design to be released soon! Knitting actually happened, can you believe it?IMG_1609

I’ll have a knitting update for you this week, I’ve been making a serious effort to make more time for it! Tell me what adventures you’ve been on lately or are looking forward to, and please share what knitting you’re working on!

A Foggy Drive

This past Sunday the mister and I took a cruise with some of his family through parts of Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. If you know anything about the Rocky Mountains, national parks or Colorado – you know that every last bit of it is gorgeous and Sunday was no exception.IMG_0946

Even through the crazy awesome fog (fog is magical to me) we saw huge herds of elk and even two moose!IMG_1043 IMG_0952

It was so cool to get up to the top of the mountains, watch clouds form in the valleys between, rise and then flow over the mountain tops in true waterfall-cloudfall fashion.IMG_1011

My photos don’t do the natural beauty justice, you’ll just have to go for a drive yourself!

Too Busy, Too Tired, Too Lazy

I guess now’s a good time to tell ya’ll about my new-ish job, since it certainly HAS taken over my knitting time the past few weeks.

I’m working for a new start-up based in Denver called Utivity – it’s a sharing economy type site (think AirBnB and Uber) where you can list and book any service under the sun. Everything from yoga to dog walking, personal training, crossfit, wakeboarding, fly fishing, soccer lessons, drum lessons, knitting lessons, tutoring – all activities, all services.

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Anyone can become a User to book on the site and anyone can register to be a Provider to list your own services too! If you wanna go join, you should use my Promo Code: knit (surprise, surprise, right?). But seriously, if you’re registering, put that code (knit) in the Promo Code box, NOT the referral code box. Registering with this code will get you a special deal on listing your services – 3 months commision free and then for the rest of that first year just 5% commission.  Utivity handles the credit card processing, the scheduling and booking and we’re doing a TON of marketing to get Users to come find our Providers. Speaking of which…IMG_1435 (1)

I’m the Marketing and Events Coordinator! While it’s a ton of fun and I find it very rewarding, it’s also been a bit time-consuming and energy-exhausting which means that knitting hasn’t been happening.

So please please share with me what you’ve all been working on so that I can knit vicariously through you! If you’ve got any Utivity questions, let me know those too, it’s a lot of fun working for a start-up!

Mountain Time & Maxwell Falls

IMG_9720The other weekend some friends, the pup and I decided to go for a hike to Maxwell Falls near Evergreen.  It was on the hotter end of a beautiful day but the trees provided some shade and as the trail followed the creek, the temperature was a bit cooler.IMG_9753

This was my first time on this hike and although there are plenty of smaller water tumble spots, the true beauty was at the main falls. We started at the lower trailhead and made sure to include the Cliff Loop.IMG_9737

Next time, I’m definitely taking my shoes and socks off to dip my feet in the water.

What adventures have you been on lately?

Estes Park Wool Market 2015

This past weekend was the always awesome Estes Park Wool Market held in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.  The drive there is gorgeous, the town itself is in a valley surrounded by mountains, the grass is green, the sky is blue and some of the peaks even had snow still. IMG_9571

We saw all the usual crew – llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and bunnies and petted as much yarn and fiber as we could get our hands on.IMG_9572

This guy, he’s got awesome animal skills.  It must be that ‘stash.IMG_9605

Oh, and I can’t forget about the super tasty liquor we sampled!  Not *at* the fair, necessarily, but in Estes Park.  There’s a tasting room for the Dancing Pines Distillery and between the four of us, we sampled most everything they carried. My favorite was the Chai Liqueur but, really, all of them were superb.IMG_9634

I walked away with two skeins and Nick bought a set of dryer balls.IMG_9649

That’s 1700 yards of lime green goodness from Textiles A Mano that will likely become a sweater.IMG_9651

That is fingering weight merino in a colorway called Painted Desert by 3 Sisters Weaving and I’m envisioning something to go around my neck.IMG_9653

Have you been on any fiber adventures lately?

Spring is on Its Way

Although we did get a tiny bit of snow the other morning (that was gone before day’s end) there are signs that spring is just around the corner. Little flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up, time spent outside is increasing.IMG_7498

Spring is my favorite season, hands down. Always has been, likely always will be (although I’m up for change, we all know I like regular change).IMG_7455

Green grass and new plants, new life and baby animals, the crispness that lingers on the breeze until Summer fully arrives – Spring is the best.IMG_7470

What’s your favorite part about spring?

Working Vacation

I like to incorporate a little bit of work and a little bit of play into every day but that doesn’t mean that I can’t get out of town and have a little bit of special time away from the city. IMG_0651

Sometimes you just need to get out of town, you know? My version of a perfect vacation involves mountain driving, mountain fun and my favorite folks and canines.IMG_0645

This week my pup, my mister and I headed south to Pagosa Springs (a place I frequent) to spend some time in the mountains and with my folks.  We’ve gotten some snowboarding, microbrews (and car troubles, for good measure) and quality time in while also getting work done (because we’re both those types of people who enjoy the work they do).IMG_0620

How do you like to vacation?  Do you take working vacays?