Last weekend my sister and I took some time away from our schedules and families to spend time together in the Rocky Mountains. It was a much needed trip for both of us as we are both momma's that work from home. We spent the time relaxing and taking in Rocky Mountain National Park via a snowshoe trek. It was my first time and I can honestly say it is now one of my favorite activities.
In fact, we had so much fun we have decided to do this yearly. It's just good for the soul.
Serious snow was falling when we started our trek at Bear Lake, but despite the chill and dampness, many people were out ice fishing and enjoying the day.
We hiked up to Bierstadt Lake. We walked out to the center of the lake (covered here in snow), but it felt a little too mushy for my comfort. We didn't linger.
We stayed in a cozy little cottage in Estes Park just above Main Street. Upon arriving into town we had a traffic jam with a herd of elk and then saw many visitors at the cabin including these deer. This is what I love about Colorado; you are always surrounded by wildlife.
Estes Park is a quaint little town. For whatever reason, homemade taffy is a thing there. There are several stores in town that make it and you can see the taffy being stretched through the window.
One of my favorite places to visit while I'm in town in Inkwell & Brew. This store combines two of my favorite things: writing and good coffee. Not only is it a great coffee shop (that uses local grass-fed cow milk), but it also sells journals of all varieties and unique writing utensils. The idea is brilliant. If I had the time, I would have sat there all afternoon sipping warm coffee and working on the book I'm writing.
By far the best part of the trip was getting to spend a little time with this peanut, my niece. We returned to my sister's home on Sunday night just in time for me to help K create her valentines box for her school party. Her and I like to craft together so we made a good team.
Before heading off to the airport I was lucky enough to take her to school. She gave me the grand tour and very sweetly introduced me to many of her teachers and friends.
As much as it was relaxing, I was also ready to come home and see my family. In my case, absence does make the heart grow fonder, which is why it's nice to get away sometimes. My gratitude and love for cc and P grows exponentially when I'm away.
There are many lessons I learned from my time away and you'll see them here in the next few weeks. Another good reason to travel is to open your mind to something new. Where do you find your peace?