BONUS Honeymoon: The Ghosts of Colorado (And More)!

Ever since I watched Life After People I've been obsessed with abandoned man-made structures. And man, Colorado is full of them! In the middle of the 19th century, thousands of people moved out west hoping to strike it rich in the gold rush. Colorado is dotted with the towns these adventurers created to live in wherever gold was found... but once the gold ran out, so too did the settlers. In some cases the towns found a different industry and are thriving today, and in some cases the towns haven't had residents for 50 years or more. Most of the ghost towns are on the western part of the state (we were exploring the central/eastern portion), but we did manage to pass through a few on our jour

Honeymoon Day 6 and 7: Denver Drive to Homeward Bound

(See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 if you missed them) It was a mildly bittersweet morning because we knew we were heading back to Denver for the final leg of our trip. We woke up and got everything cleaned up and put away according to the directions left by the cabin owner (they had a LOOOOOOONNNGGG list of things to do so we wouldn't get fined). Then we left and made our way to Denver. On our way out we stopped by The Hungry Bear to get some pancakes! The drive was once again beautiful and mountain-filled. It's amazing how the mountains seem to creep up on you so slow and then all of a sudden you turn around and you're in them! I could drive around the mountains for days and n

Honeymoon Day 5: Gorge Ourselves!

(If you haven't already, check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!) With just two days left of our honeymoon we decided to spend day 5 of our trip on a peaceful drive through the mountains down to the Royal Gorge to do boring things like, oh I don't know, riding in a helicopter! Our harrowing 8-minute ride took us out over the Royal Gorge and circled around the Royal Gorge bridge and back again. Tashia was less than thrilled about the idea of a helicopter ride when we started off... but by the end, I think she liked it even more than I did! (All the swinging motion started to get me motion sick. I'm not sure I would have made it through the fifteen minute trip). After we set down and I g

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