Jul
19

Yoga On The Rocks

Before moving to Colorado, I learned about Yoga On The Rocks at Red Rocks and knew for sure I would be in attendance this summer. I mean seriously, do you see the view these people have during their yoga practice? There is no passing that up. I MUST be a part of it!!

I’ve had the 4 dates for YOTR this summer on my calendar since the day they were posted. Unfortunately, I was out of town during the first YOTR session this summer, but I’m almost 100% sure I’ll be at the next 3 sessions, and I’ll def be there on Aug. 2. 

Yoga On The Rocks

YOTR & PLQ are giving away a complimentary pass to attend a session of Yoga On The Rocks. Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post, telling me why you’d like to attend. The lucky winner will receive 2 passes (for you & a friend) and will choose between two dates (Aug. 9 OR Aug. 16).

Yoga On The Rocks

Since I plan to be at each of the YOTR sessions, I hope to meet the lucky winner, potentially neighbor during the practice, and capture some photos. 

Winners will be announced on July 31, which allows you to enter (by commenting on this post) until July 30.

If you’re not the lucky winner but you still plan on doing some yoga at YOTR, holler at me – I’d love to meet!! 

Yoga On The Rocks

***YOTR offered me the opportunity to give a complimentary pass to my readers, however I have not received any compensation for writing this post. The views expressed on PLQ are solely those of the blog post author (Crista), and do not necessarily reflect the views of the author’s sponsors.

The photos in this post were provided by YOTR.

Love

Crista


Jul
13

Mt. Evans Trail

Yesterday, I climbed my first fourteener. I had no idea what a fourteener was before I moved to Colorado, but everyone here talks about them – there are 53 of them in Colorado. A fourteener is any mountain or peek that is 14,000 feet or higher. I climbed to 14,256 feet yesterday with with some great friends.

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

I was nervous to hike this trail, especially knowing that I was doing it with people who have hiked several fourteeners. What put me at ease is that the Mt. Evans trail is only 2ish miles long, some of the fourteeners can be 10-13 miles long – and remember they are AT ELEVATION – it’s hard to breath up there! It was quite an intense hike, but doable with several resting sessions. This was considered one of the “easier” fourteeners, but it almost kicked my ass! 

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Thankfully, this guy (Patrick) helped me gather the correct gear for the hike. I thought it’d be warm up on top of the mountain at some point but it was pretty chilly – in the 60’s (if I had to guess) and very very windy. There were a few times I thought the wind could catch me and whisk me right off the mountain.

Mt. Evans, Colorado

The photo above is the peak of Mt. Evans, the final destination. It’s just about level with the clouds, as you can see. 

Mt. Evans, Colorado
Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Notice, there aren’t any trees in these photos. Trees stop growing around 11,000 feet and we were above the treelike the entire hike. It was super cool to drive up the mountain past the tree line it was a very distinct line. It looked like you could jump right from the road on to the top of a tree. Ha! 

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Every now and then we stopped, found a comfy place to sit, and marveled in amazement at the scenery.  It was incredible. (although, we DO live in CO, about 1 hour from Mt. Evans, so we get to see these mountains on a daily basis – it’s surreal to think about.) It was also necessary to catch our breath – hiking at elevation is exhausting!

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

Mt. Evans, Colorado

We were pretty excited to find an easier trail to descend from the summit until we learned that the entire trail was composed of loose rock and mud, we basically slid the entire way down. Ouch, made my knees hurt – but so worth it.

Mt. Evans, Colorado

My friends did but I didn’t capture any photos at the top of the mountain (the summit)… I was busy caching my breath and enjoying the reward that I well deserved. Anyway, photos don’t do it justice – you just have to be there….

Love

Crista


Jul
02

On The Farm, Off The Hook

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an event put on by Heroes Like Us and Yelp Denver called On The Farm, Off The Hook. The event took place at the Growhaus, a local 20,000 square foot non-profit greenhouse, marketplace, and educational center. Essentially, the purpose of the event was to learn about and support local farms, chefs, and organizations. I was excited to be there for a few different reasons:
1. Check out the Growhaus (I loved it!!)
2. Meet like-minded people (and I did!!)
3. Eat yummy, locally-produced, organic food (mission accomplished!)

On The Farm, Off The Hook

The space was adorable, charming, the exact type space I dream of hosting my own dinner party in. Before dinner was served, we were able to walk around the Growhaus and check out the space while being served local craft beers and wines. The Growhaus is probably one of the coolest places I’ve ever been (I am so incredibly turned on by the process of growing local/organic food sustainably). I wanted to stay there at the Growhaus forever, move in.. you think they’d give me a job? (haha) 

I joined the Tambien program, which is a donation-based membership program which allows it’s members to support local food production and education in and around Denver. Im totally stoked to be a part of it, and can hardly wait to get more involved. (way to squeeze my foot through the door..)

On The Farm, Off The Hook

This guy, the Bishop, (pictured above) DJ’d during the cocktail hour – hilarious, right? He pretty much rocked.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

The local chefs that created our meal that evening are from Bad Apple, Fuel Cafe, and Petey Bird.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

Cocktails, wine, and beer were provided by Stranahan’s, Avery Brewing, and Infinite Monkey Theorem.

On The Farm, Off The hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

It was so much fun to meet new people, everyone had a different purpose and reasoning for being there – amongst them were  a birthday girl and her pals celebrating, a husband-and-wife duo made a date night out of the event, and a nutritionist networking just the same as myself… just to name a few.

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

If you look closely, I am in some of these photos. Which speaking of, I borrowed these photo from the Heroes Like Us blog post – I didn’t take many photos that night… I decided it was best to not worry about my camera and allow the photographers to do their job. My job that night was to relax, network, and eat damn good food. 

On The Farm, Off The Hook

On The Farm, Off The Hook

This was only the first of four “On The Farm, Off The Hook” events that are happening this summer. I’ve already purchased tickets for the July event happening at Miller Farms and I plan to attend all four events. Cheers to Heroes Like Us for organizing these events that are totally “off the hook”. 

the Growhaus Denver

Love

Crista


Jun
11

starter plants from Farmers Market

One of my biggest challenges with gardening (so far) this year was deciding where to buy the starter plants for the garden. It was really important to me that the starters were grown locally and organically. 

As soon as I learned that I’d have a garden this year, I turned to people who have lived in Colorado for several years to give me recommendations on which nurseries to shop here in Denver. I only found one that I was willing to shop, Urban Roots. Before committing to a purchase, I asked the staff a lot of questions and found out that they themselves actually visit all of the farms where the plants come from to ensure they are being grown organically.The staff was also very helpful in guiding me through what I will be most successful growing here in Colorado in the space that is available to me.

starter plants from Farmers Market

I wasn’t able to find all of the herbs and veggies I wanted at Urban Roots, so I turned to the Farmers Market where I found everything I was looking for (and then some).

At the Boulder Farmers Market, I was able to find 6-7 different local Colorado vendors selling starter plants, there was a huge variety. The only reason I didn’t start at the Farmers Market in the first place is because I didn’t know it existed until after I’d been to Urban Roots.

starter plants from Farmers Market

When I lived in Chicago, I always turned to the Farmers Market for all of my starter plants. The farmers are always full of information and I’ve learned a lot from them. 

Many people purchase their plants from places like Home Depot & Lowes but I would never. First off, I’ve seen gardens planted with plants from Home Depot and they never look as healthy as my plants are. Also, the staff at Home Depot has very little knowledge on all of the plants they sell so if you don’t know what you’re doing or looking for, there is no one to help you.

starter plants from Farmers Market

If you don’t have a Farmers Market available to you, check out Craigslist for local farmers who are selling starter plants. Before I knew about the Farmers Market here in Colorado, I found a few locals that had plants for sale. I never did go visit them because I was able to gather everything I was looking for at Urban Roots and the Farmers Market.

starter plants from Farmers Market

Love

Crista


Jun
04

rock climb Boulder Canyon

These photos were taken over the weekend during our climb in Boulder Canyon (BoCan).
(followed by a trip to the Boulder Farmers Market, it turned out to be a perfectly awesome day)
I couldn’t not share these photos (taken on my iPhone) for 2 reasons:
1. They’re awesome. (….that gorgeous Colorado scenery….)
2. I learned that I can use my iPhone Panorama Camera VERTICALLY. These photos were (obviously) taken with the panorama camera, vertically. (I never even considered the possibility until this day.)

I heart Colorado & I heart my iPhone.

rock climb Boulder Canyon

Love

Crista


May
28

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

You can’t tell much in the photo, but HOLY COW that is a steep hike up.
step, step, step, stop, huff, huff, breeeeeathe. step…

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

On Monday, Memorial Day, we conquered North Table Mountain, you can see in these first few photos that the day started off beautiful, sunny, and clear. In the last few photos I took, you can see the storm clouds set in. We got off the mountain just in time for some fierce rain. It was crazy because as we were coming down, we saw people just making their way up. Surely, they got caught in the storm…

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

Do I live in the “Wild, Wild, West”? Finding these cowboys atop the mountain made me question whether I was living in a dream or if it was in fact, real life. These photos prove real life, don’t they? So Cowboy #1 rode his horse at full speed towards me to offer a photo op. Uhm, yeeeah….

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

Cowboy #2 + dog + a fierce view of Denver, if you look closely. 

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

The yoga-pose-atop-a-mountain that was bound to happen. I’m sure there will be more of where those come from. You don’t live in CO as a yogi and not….

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

A pretty decent yoga pose from Nate… even though he’s not a yogi.

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO
North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

There are the storm clouds I mentioned….. 

North Table Mountain // Golden, CO

After a vigorous hike through the mountain, we rewarded ourselves with ice cold beers in downtown Golden.
Good day…..

Love

Crista


May
17

Breckenridge

While my mom was visiting last weekend, she got to experience a variety of different seasons. On Saturday, we had beautiful 80 degree weather – perfect for hiking Red Rocks. On Sunday, we schlepped around Boulder (shopping), determined to not be stuck in the house all day. By Monday, the rain turned to snow – in MAY –  spring feels somewhat like winter when you are (once again) pulling out snow boots and heavy jackets. I had put those items away thinking they’d serve no purpose the next few months…. BUT, this is Colorado :) So, in the snow, we drove up to the mountains – they are prettiest when covered in snow anyway. Breckenridge is where we landed. It’s mud season now, so the city was as quiet as can be. Regardless, we had a good meal and shopped the few stores that were still open. 

Breckenridge

It was kind of fun to see what Colorado looks like in the spring AND what it might look like in the winter – all in one weekend. I guess it’s part of the beauty of living here.

Breckenridge

Love

Crista


May
16

waterfalls

I could tell you a million things that I love about Colorado – well, how about just a few? Mountains, mountain men, Red Rocks, mild weather, accessible rock climbing, snow sports, fun stuff, more fun stuff, everyone here is super laid back, and…. there are WATERFALLS. Seriously, do I live in paradise? How GORGEOUS are these waterfalls that we accidentally stumbled upon while cruising up the mountain??

We didn’t stop for long…. but long enough to breathe in the crisp mountain air and experience the pure river water. 

waterfalls

waterfalls

waterfalls

waterfalls

waterfalls

Mom caught me taking a selfie right there with the falls… I was so happy at that moment…..
and overwhelmingly obsessed with my Colorado life….

Love

Crista