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Destination: Grand Lake, Colorado
About: Located in Grand County are a collection of big beautiful lakes. Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake. Lake Granby is the biggest and where we rented a boat fo the day.
Route: I-70 W to US-40 E to Grand Lake
Distance: 98 Miles
Time: 2h+ depending on traffic
Trip Length: Overnight
Season: Summer & Fall
Sleeping: Camping or Airbnb/Cabins
Colorado is the best. Really it’s such a fabulous place to live. But you know what would make Colorado better? An ocean. If Colorado was on an ocean we would be the greatest place in the entire world but then everyone would move here (which is already happening) and then it would be too crowded.
What To Wear
Layers, layers, layers! Always pack in layers and prepare for rain! A good rule of thumb is that you want to be a little chilly when you leave the parking lot. You are going to work up a sweat hiking and start to shead layers so don’t put on too much!
So I have been in Colorado for 7 years and I just got my first pair of hiking boots. So you can totally hike in tennis shoes! There are two types of hiking shoes/boots low top and high top. For weak ankles and more support – high top boots. I was totally fine for 7 years in low tops but when I went to buy my first hiking boots, I wanted something with a lot of support. I just hiked my second 14er in these Vas
Chacos – There are few things in life as satisfying as taking off your shoes after a hike and slipping into your Chacos. Chacos, Tevas, sandals whatever bring them your sweaty feet will thank you. And in a pinch you can totally hike in them. I have now done two hikes in socks and chaos.
Pants/Leggings – Unless its super cold I’m wearing legging capris. I have yet to invest in hiking pants but after a few chilly hikes this year, I am ready. I’ll keep you posted on what I choose.
Shorts – I mean Nike shorts are pretty great but there are some better hiking options. I personally love Patagonia Quick Dry Shorts. I got my first pair summer before 9th grade, 4 pairs actually all before a backpacking trip in Colorado and I still wear two of them! They are super comfortable and like the names says quick dry! Get caught in the rain or decided to go for a swim these shorts will be competently dry in a matter of minutes.
Skort – The Patagonia Skort is great for hiking and then grabbing a beer in town. It’s a stylish yet practical look that take you from any outdoor activity to one in town. I purchased a green one last summer and would love to get a black one this year.
Hiking Skirt – I know this sounds totally impractical and ridiculous at first, but then you realize why you would want one. Hiking skirts are typically worn in the winter over leggings to keep your thighs and butt warm. Genius! Sometimes leggings aren’t cutting it and a down hiking skirt is exactly what you need to keep your bum stay warm.
Layers! I always wear a tank and bring a long sleeve pullover just in case. Mountaintops can be windy and a light pullover will keep you comfortable. In the winter I have slightly thicker pullovers but tent to reach for a thicker jacket than be stuck with a heavy long sleeve shirt.
Layers, layers layers! Lots of different jacket options but I highly suggest always bringing a rain or wind jacket. At high altitudes, a storm can develop in minutes with no warning so be prepared for rain. The Patagonia Houdini jacket folds up into a tiny ball and protects you from the elements. I like hiking in Vests as well to keep my core warm but not get too hot.
I really love thick socks but they aren’t great for hiking. Thin hiking socks are ideal. But really you want to wear the best size for your shoes. For my hiking boots its thin for my tennis shoes I like thick socks.
Depending upon the length of the hike I suggest taking a hydration backpack. Who wants to walk with a water bottle in your hand when you can carry in on your back. Skip down to the bottom to see what I always have in my hiking backpack.
Bring a hat! It will keep the sun off your face and neck and keep you warm in the winter.
Wide Brim Hat – Heads get sweaty in hats so I look for a wide brim sturdy hat that is vented. Sturdy is key, you don’t want a floppy hat getting in your face the entire time your hiking. Floppy hats totally cut off your pretrial vision and cause you to walk into things and people. Trust me, I know.
Baseball Hat– Baseball is a great alternative to a wide brim hat just be sure to lather that sunscreen on the back of your neck.
Beanie – If it’s really cold or windy, you are gonna wish you had a beanie. Especially to keep your ears warm. If I am even thinking it will be cold I pack one.
Sunglasses & Croakies
Pretty self-explanatory. I prefer something without the little nose pads so I can pull my hair back with them. Aviators no, wayfarers yes.
We just got our trecking poles at Walmart for our last hike and they are life changing! Why have we not been hiking with these before?! Our Walmart poles were only and work great.
What To Take In Your Hiking Bag
Tissues – Wind and cold will eventually cause a runny nose and you will probably need to take a pit stop on the trail
Sunscreen – Bring SUNSCREEN
First Aid Kit + Meds – Because when a sinus headache strikes! Allergy meds, Advil and band-aids. Also any other required medication and if you got an EpiPen to bring it.
Snacks – RXBars is our current favorite! Apples, clementines/cuties or some GORP are other great snack options. As you know sometimes I am packing a cheese plate so I bring a little lunch bag with an ice pack to keep my cheese cool.
Chapstick – Grab some with SPF to keep your lips protected from the sun
Water – I typically have a hydration pack but for longer hikes, I might fill up two water bottles as well. Even longer hikes we use our to purify any drinking water we may need. Don’t forget to bring enough water for your pups as well.
Beer or Canned Wine – Is there really anything better than a cold one altering reaching your destination or when you get back to the car to take a load off. No, not really, well besides the chaos the cold drink is the next best thing
Now that you have your gear nailed down its time to go hiking! Head to my Outdoors section to read about my favorite hikes!
Changing it up on you! A MONDAY VIBEZ post! Super excited to announce a giveaway I am doing ahead of the huge Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I won’t be doing too much content around the sale this year but who doesn’t want a $1000 to Nordstrom! Scroll down to enter!
Yes, we saw Book Of Mormon and it’s so freaking hilarious! If you are in Denver there are still dates available!!
America’s Beer Fest: No plans this weekend? How about an all American themed beer festival? The first of its kind the American Beer Fest is all about the Red, White & Blue. Tickets are totally FREE if you are a active duty, veteran, teacher or first responder! Get tickets here.
Sunscreen: If you’re headed to the beach this summer double check your sunscreen to see if its safe for the ocean. Certain sunscreen contains harmful chemicals that are endangering our sea life. Learn more here and stick to the zinc sunscreen at the beach!
Weekly Podcast: Marie Forelo is seriously my new hero. She is smart, funny and oh so inspiring. Her podcast is actually just the audio version of Marie TV but I usually listen on the way to work, so its podcast versions for me. I love this episode with Dave Bach about personal finance. If you don’t like money, don’t get money and hate talking about money – you need to listen.
The Hit List
- To grill this week – Hallibut with Tomato Avacado Salsa
- Time laps stary night videos – yes please
- 16 Unique cheese to try – adding these to my cheese list, yes I do have a cheese list!
- Woah – Slap bracelet sticky note! so cool
- Westworld fans!?! Amazon Echo has a game for us!
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TL:DR – I love NPR and CPR and therefore love Podcast. I will now be sharing my favorite Podcast with you!
Becoming an avid NPR Listener
Growing up my dad always had National Public Radio (NPR) on in the morning on the way to school. When us kids would get to choose what we listened to I would switch to Star94 “Steve and Vicky in the morning”, Cliff would want Kicks 101.5 country and Spencer, my oldest brother, would turn the dial to 99X the grunge rock and roll station, remember this is the early 90s!
But most of the time it was NPR, even on the weekends. I grew up listening to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on weekend drives or road trips to the beach.
When I got my car in high school I was way more into my super cool mix CDs I had made from all the music we were illegally downloading than to listen to the radio. To this day I still have a 200 CD case filled with CD and mixes. But since it was my car I got to choose what stations were programmed. I started at 90.1, NPR and worked my way up.
When I drove into Dallas to move into SMU, I set the radio stations starting with 1 on NPR. From there I scanned up and programmed the next station my dial came across. A few months in I realized I had programmed mostly country and Hispanic stations along with a Dallas sports radio station.
I am a sports fan for sure but I could care less about Dallas professional sports, but somehow I always find myself listening to it. I knew really random stuff about the Cowboys and Mavericks. Which often helped in convos at the bar but every time I’d get in the car I’d find myself listening to sports radio! Why am I listen to sports radio!!?!
In DC I never drove, well ideally I never had to drive and if I did I had an iPod hook up so I was playing my jams. But in DC, your living in the swamp! You have to know whats going on in politics so slowly I started listening to more and more NPR. A boy I was seeing at the time also had a love affair with NPR. Especially with Car Talk, we spend many drives out to Virginia listening to the Tappet brothers.
When I first moved to Denver I reprogrammed my stations with NPR still at position one. I drove every day to work so NPR Morning Edition and Colorado Public Radio (CPR) programming became a daily routine. That morning routine stuck and now I rarely changed the dial unless I am hearing the same story again or it’s during a pledge drive. Sorry! But pledge early people, I want my news!
Early morning drives to the airport are for listening to reruns of Click and Clack or the latest news from CPR. Returning from the airport on Sunday afternoons means I can play along with the latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.
Finally Finding Podcast
A few years ago I started taking the train to work more and more. I started to miss out on the news and my CPR programming. CPR is seriously the best state public radio. Their programming is on point.
So what does any of this have to do with Podcast? Well, let just say I’m late to the podcast party and now I am obsessed. I wish I had started listening on my morning commute years ago but I am now.
I made the connection recently with my new found love of podcast stems from my love for talk radio aka CPR/NPR. I should have known I’d love podcast!! Some of my favorite podcast still form NPR and CPR. I mean I can not listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell me at any time!
Going forward every Friday in my Friday Vibes post I am going to be highlight one of my favorite podcast. Most episodes center around blogging and marketing but a lot are self-improvement and love, health and wellness and some well some are just really funny.
Let’s start with two of my favs podcast (so far)
My Favorite Podcast
The Joe Rogan Experience – If you are not already obsessed with Joe Rogan you need to will be. Yes, Joe Rogan that guy from fear factor, stand up comedian and MMA fighter. He is about to change your life. Joe has a curiosity and thirst for knowledge that makes him a truly wonderful conversationalist and even better producer. His guest range from scientist, artist, researchers, actors, doctors, MMA Fighters, conspiracy theorist and his favorite comedians. Each episode brings enlightenment and laughter, exactly what I am looking for in a podcast. My favorite thing about Joe and his podcast is that he is a really good person and wants everyone else to be happy and healthy.
Episodes to listen to:
Jamie Foxx – This episode is a little older but freaking hilarious. How Jamie Foxx started singing and the amazing house parties he throws.
Dr. Shawn Baker – This guy only eats meat and its fascinating
Chris Kressner – Mindblowing. Chris explains food and the crazy effects if can have on your body.
The Influencer Podcast – Julie Soloman is the “it girl” of influencer marketing. She is a veteran PR and blogger who has figured out how to be successful as in influencer. I’ll put her message very simply, to be an influencer you need to provide a service. If you wanna figure out exactly WHAT that service is and how to “sell it”, you need to listen to these podcasts. Some episodes focus more on the tactics, others on strategy but my favorites are the ones that focus on that inner development needed to help you discover your true brand and how you want to serve others.
Episodes to listen to:
Marie Forleo (my new hero), seriously she is so damn amazing and inspiring.
Be Well With Kelly – Health Guro – she breaks down whats good whats bad and why. Plus her fab five smoothie is life changing.
Amber Lilyestorm – Preach Amber! This is all about overcoming fear and figuring out who you are and what you wanna do
Both of these podcast has had a huge impact on my life. They have taught me things about myself, my diet and how to live a better more meaningful and productive life. They have also turned me on to so many other amazing podcasts I can’t wait to share them all with you!
I am always looking for new podcast so if you have on send it my way!