Last week, I began to tell you all about my weekend in Denver (here). But, I wanted to take today to share my favorite part of the trip and it involves the great outdoors in Boulder. On a side note, I never realized how close the two cities were to each other. It is definitely worth the 30 minute car ride to see a brand new city.
Let me start by saying, the weather in Boulder, like the entire weekend in Colorado, was beautiful. The sun was shining, the temperature was 60, and there was a nice breeze. This made my time out in nature even more enjoyable. The only worry I had in my head was altitude sickness. Florida is the flattest state in the union. I know, you probably are thinking how that title would go to Kansas or Nebraska, but a huge piece of the state is right there at sea level. I mean, my apartment is a whopping 13 feet above sea level. Take that number, times it by about 450 and that’s how high up we were in Boulder, 5873 feet! That’s before we started our hike. I’m so thankful the elevation didn’t bog me down when we were out there hiking the Chataqua Trail at the Flatirons. Here are some of my tips to help you out:
- Stay hydrated: This one seems like a no-brainer, but it is definetly the ultimate life saver! Drink up on those fluids.
- Avoid the hard stuff: I didn’t particular stay true to this rule, but I’m pretty lucky that it didn’t ruin my weekend. Because of the high altitude, a little is going to go a longer way. Not to mention, it can be very dehydrating. Save for the post hike celebration like we did.
- Give yourself a day: Instead of embarking on a hike first thing on your trip to Colorado, take a day to relax and let yourself acclimate. This will you give a chance to see all non-hiking related sights.
- Ascend slowly: If you are starting to feel sick, don’t rush down the mountain. This can actually make things worse. By taking your time going down, your body will have time to readjust.
After the hike, we drove back into town to enjoy a much deserved lunch. I was blown away by how cute downtown Boulder was! The historic homes were all quaint and pristine. There was even a closed off street mall (something that always wins my heart) on Pearl Street.
I wish I could give you a full city guide, like I did for Denver, but our time was devoted to the hike and our attention quickly moved to food and college football afterwards. It was not a bag way to spend a Saturday.
Check back soon for my next Travel Thursday! In the next installment, I’ll be sharing all of my favorite brewery stops we enjoyed while in the Centennial State. If you our your beau love a good, cool draft, this one is a must read for you!
Best from Florida,