It has been an awesome weekend to get away from Texas and regular busy life. Since our vacation trip to New Mexico was cut abrupt, we longed for mountains, snow, time to do things we love, and spend it together. While the local (for Front Range) ski resort still has their last weekend of skiing open, we chose to visit, but not ski this time. We simply ABSORBED all there was about the place we will call "home" oh, so soon. My 10 years "lock-up" in a hot and humid and flat state I can't reach the end of in less then a day worth of driving years done, and the end is near (nothing against it, simply personal choices).
The weather met us with 70F and sunshine, and the views hit us from the road right away. Ah, mountains, dry air and high peaks...
We finally wandered to Loveland, checked into hotel, found trailhead of Horsetooth and Bobcat nature areas (only 15 min from downtown!!), ate at an amazing Thai place on main drag, and walked the streets of town, which busted (to our huge surprise) with life, music, art shows, theater and lots of Irish pubs.
Sunday, benefits of close trailhead, before checking out, we made a dash to Bobcat nature area and the seemingly lifeless prairie front views on trails, after climbing for couple of miles, took us into backcountry - with pine trees, fur trees and single track! That was unexpected and a gift we are not taking for granted.
Good choice on Loveland vs Longmont BTW. Primarily because Longmont has terrible trail/mountain access (relative to other Front Range towns), but also because Loveland/Fort Collins is just a great place to be with lots of culture and great community. Longmont has always felt a little soul-less to me, but I don't know it that well. Real estate's probably a little cheaper in Loveland too.
We picked Colorado for our "final" living place for many reasons, but it wasn't Oregon for only a few - one of which was to start our stretch into the golden years on the grounds that didn't "belong" to either one of us. Building a second family in the middle years includes sacrifices, and decisions that appeal for both parties. As we keep coming to CO and narrowing the location of our future home, it feels more and more "near and dear" - but on this last visit, it finally felt like "ours". While I will forever keep saying "I am from Oregon" and Larry will say he is from Oklahoma (even though he lived in Texas now longer), Front Range, CO, had grown on me as a place I can see myself living in - but more importantly, loving, from the heart, not only for particular reason, but truly feeling at peace in. And for that I am grateful