Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites 09.22.17

It’s been a fast, furious, and fun week!  I am excited to link up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci today and share this week’s favorites!

We escaped for a quick couple’s road trip!  Needtobreathe, my absolute favorite band, was playing in the Denver area so we happily packed up and headed south! Yay!  It’s been awhile since the two of us hopped in the car and headed out of town for a couple of days!  And, let me tell you it was sooooo nice! Nice to get away and nice to spend time together!

Our first stop was the Luxury Diner in Cheyenne, WY. According to Yelp this is the #1 place for breakfast in Cheyenne, and it did not disappoint.

Legend has it, the Luxury Dining Car was an operating trolley car on the streets of Cheyenne from 1894 to 1912. It is a fun little restaurant, and a must eat for sure!

I had the eggs benedict!  Delish!

And…Eli the chicken fried steak.  Wow!

If you’re ever in Cheyenne you must stop here for breakfast.

After breakfast in Cheyenne, it was Golden, CO or bust!  We’d never been to Golden before. and. we. loved. everything. about this quaint mountain town.  (Maybe because it reminded us of home.)

There is a lot to do in the Golden area, but is also low key and easy going.

Perfect for a mid-week get-a-way!

And…how can you not feel welcomed to town when this Howdy Folks! sign greets you!

We strolled through town enjoying the shops and bronze statues throughout town.

Here’s a quick pic of the main street.

It really doesn’t do it justice, but to us was reminiscent of Red Lodge, MT.

Wednesday we headed out for Lookout Mountain.

Lookout Mountain is a foothill of the Rocky Mountains and is just a couple miles west of Golden.

At the entrance of the park are two impressive rock pillars, very similar to Yellowstone’s North Entrance.  Touristy pic, yes please!

To get to Lookout Mountain Park we drove up a beautiful set of switchbacks.  This windy route is a popular bicyclist route too, it was impressive to see dozens of cyclists conquering the mountain.  But, even more exciting for me were the long boarders cruising DOWN the mountain at crazy fast speeds!  Wow!

Once at the park we took in a few trails and soaked in the sun.  What a gorgeous day!

At the peak you can see for miles!

What a beautiful view!

The summit is also the gravesite of the famous “Buffalo Bill” Cody.

A couple of years ago in Cody, WY we took a town tour and learned a lot about “Buffalo Bill” and were fascinated by his forethought.  One thing we learned was there had been a bit of controversy over his burial site, so it was fun to see it.

So, there is a little controversy about where “Buffalo Bill” should have been laid to rest.  He first requested to be buried in Cody, but later (1917) changed his request.  He spent his final days in Denver and asked to be buried at Lookout Mountain.  So, here he is alongside his wife Louisa.

It’s a beautiful spot dedicated to him along with a small museum full of “Buffalo Bill” Cody history and memorabilia.

One of the reasons this Needtobreathe concert was a must see for me was because it was at Red Rocks Ampitheater.

We’ve always wanted to see a concert at this venue!

I really is an amazing place.

When the sun begins to set, they light up the rocks and it is just plain cool.

Needtobreathe played to a sold-out crowd of about 10,000 people.  It. was. awesome!

So, it you’ve never heard of Needtobreathe they are worth a listen!

I started listening to them years ago and never stopped!

Here’s Bo, a talented songwriter and guitarist.

And then there’s Bear, (Bo’s brother) also a talented songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and lead vocalist.

The last song of the night was simply amazing!

It’s a song written about their journey as a band titled, “Cages.”

Red Rocks + Needtobreathe = Amazing Date Night!

I think my top favorite of the week was a quiet, slow Wednesday morning with my husband!

We slept in, walked through town, and found a great little coffee shop called Cafe 13.

It’s a fun little place with a relaxing setting, perfect for a couple catch-up session!

And this vanilla latte…yummm!

I’m happy it’s Friday and ready to see my students tomorrow!  Back to reality!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope everyone has a great day and weekend!  Take Care.

 

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