Continuing with our year of travel, we spent time a few weekends ago visiting some very special people up in Denver. My brother moved to Denver following his college graduation in May, and one of my closest college friends Rachel moved there with her husband Mark once he finished his MBA program at Northwestern this past spring. We were so excited that we would get time with all of them during this trip!
We were able to catch a direct flight to Denver Friday afternoon, which was perfect. The flight was actually shorter than we had expected; we didn’t even get to finish watching The Heat before we landed! My brother and his girlfriend Teresa picked us up at the airport and we all went to meet Mark and Rachel over at The Yard House for a group dinner. It was so great getting to catch up with everyone over a good burger before heading to the Pomeroys for the night.
Saturday morning, Alex and Teresa came to pick up me and Chip for a full day. First stop: having breakfast with the wonderful Ashley Snow. Ashley was in the RUF first year girls’ Bible study I co-led my senior year of college. It was great getting to see her grow during her time at Trinity and now be one hardworking accountant (she just got her CPA!). I had some yummy chocolate chip pancakes and sausage with Ashley and her sweet dad, while Chip, Alex, and Teresa grabbed breakfast in town before joining us for some sports talk (there was a big football game that weekend). After we left Ashley’s, the four of us drove up to Boulder. My brother had been pretty set on us going on a hike while we were in town, and while I thought the snow would cancel this excursion I was mistaken. We would still be going on a hike. So we went to Chautauqua Park and did one of their small trails. Thankfully the sun finally came out just as we got started, so with that sunshine and all of our layers, the trail was a lot of fun. Let’s be real, Chip and I don’t see much snow (as in none at all) so we had a good time stomping around off of the trail and yes, I did throw a snowball at Alex (what kind of sister would I be if I didn’t do that?).
After we finished the trail, we drove back into town for lunch before heading out to see Red Rocks. It was pretty darn cold by this point, so after quickly walking around we got back in the nice warm car to drive back to Denver where Alex was able to show us his apartment and where he works. As his older sister, it was so great to see him settled in his own place and happy with where he’s at. Crazy to think my little brother is an adult! ;)
Dinner Saturday was such a treat; we all had homemade pizzas at the Pomeroys! It’s been a while since Chip and I had homemade pizzas, and we will definitely be using Momma Manny’s dough recipe next time.
We went to church with Mark and Rachel Sunday morning before having lunch together at Udi’s. We then hung out at their house all afternoon, which was so so good. I’m so thankful for our friendship with the Pomeroys and that despite however long it’s been since we last saw each other, we can always pick right up and talk for hours. Alex and Teresa came over late in the afternoon and took us to the airport for our flight back to San Antonio.
It was a quick trip to Denver, but one that left us so grateful with the time we were able to get with Alex, Teresa, Mark, and Rachel. Just don’t be too surprised if we have our future visits take place in the spring or summer… ;)