Top 10 Things to do Before Leaving Colorado

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So, I previously posted we will be relocating to Bend, Oregon in less than a year – 7 months to be exact. It’s extremely surreal. We are so close – planning for this move has been on-going for 1.5 years. We are so incredibly excited (and slightly terrified) we can’t see straight. Starting in April, we’ll be moving some things into the Oregon house and figuring out how our furniture is going to fit. In the meantime, we are purging like crazy as we’d like to leave Colorado a whole lot lighter.

About a year ago, I drafted this post (never published) about 10 things to do before we head out of town. It was resurrected today to see how much we have accomplished or not (noted with an Update).

One could use this information to help plan a trip to this amazing state, there are sooo many great adventures here. There are 7 months left to pack in as much of Colorado as possible. I’ve been here for 20 years, what could possibly be left??

  1. Learn to flyfish on one of Colorado’s beautiful rivers. Can’t tell you how many years I have brought this up to friends. Pretty sure they are sick of me talking about it. Update: FINALLY made this happen in the July of this year. So much fun – I now have all the gear needed – waders, boots, poles, reels, lures…you name it – I’ve got it. Now I just need to learn how to do it without assistance….my independence on this front is coming :-).
  2. Spend a couple of nights at the luxurious Dunton Hot Springs outside of Telluride, CO. These high-end cabins are nestled in a beautiful alpine valley with loads of out-doorsy things to do. Update: We may have to do this on our way out of town! I’d like to do this in the summer – it’s hands down one of the most beautiful places in Colorado. We ended up doing a 2 week road trip this summer that took a bite out of time for this. This, and the dreaded tragedy called COVID. UGH.
  3. Backpack in the Chicago Basin near Durango – hop on the train from Durango to Silverton and get dropped off in the middle of the ride. This one might be a tough one to knock off the list because of timing, but I will damn sure try. Update: Going to try and make this happen in June if the weather permits. So far, we don’t have much snow – not sure if this means we’ll have some fire issues or if snow will extend well into June. Fingers crossed this works out.
  4. Ride the Rockies – This is a multi-day road bike ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Colorado – at least 2 days of it. Update: Sean and I did 1 day of this in the middle of one of the worst heatwaves in Colorado. Sean finished 75 miles in a great time – I had to stop at 60 with a double quad cramp – some of the worst paralyzing pain, EVER. A wonderful human named Mark, had to help me off the bike – all I could do was laugh – if I didn’t, tears would’ve been flowing. We decided we did enough, and spent the rest of our vacation in Telluride. One day of this bike ride was just fine. lol.
  5. Spend a week in Crested Butte in the fall. We’ve spent weeks in the summer and long weekends in the winter, but never a fall trip. Update: We did it!! It was soooo much fun and stunningly beautiful with all of the fall colors. My soul will always crave Crested Butte.
  6. Spend a week in Telluride. Again, we’ve spent long weekends in this amazing town, but never more than 3 nights. Update: We’ll be there for a full week in March and CANNOT wait. The only bummer is that work may get in the way for a few days. It’ll still be amazing to act like locals for a whole week.
  7. Attend the Great American Beer Festival – Looks like we’ll have to fly back to town for this one. No in person attendance till 2022. Update: We’ll have to pass on this one, BUT, we are planning on attending the Bend Brewfest. It’ll be a great replacement and we’ll get to know our local and regional hops. Some of our good friends are joining us for the event, so it’ll be a great time.
  8. See one of our favorite bands, the Steel Drivers at the Chautaqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO. Some of the best acoustics of any venue I have ever experienced. Update: We made this happen and it was incredible! Maybe we’ll squeeze in one more show before we move. 🙂
  9. One last concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater – Green Sky, Blue Grass, tickets purchased! Update: Concert was great! Cannot believe I’m saying this, but I think Red Rocks has run it’s course for me. I’ve seen so many concerts here, think I’m ready for new horizons. We’ll be close to San Francisco, Seattle and Portland so the options won’t suck for sure.
  10. Golf the world class River Course in Keystone, CO. Update: We’re going to target June for this one. Keystone is so beautiful in the summer and this course is a must do for golf fanatics.

7 months is going to FLY by. Writing this list makes me awfully sad – there are sooo many great memories of all the things experienced and accomplished in a 20 year period….all the amazing (and sometimes sad) chapters of life that have started and stopped in this great state. I will miss the hell out of the Colorado mountains and the people we won’t see on a regular basis (sniff, sniff). But, the time has come to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest while we can still physically handle it! It’s a good thing there are direct flights from Redmond to Denver :-).

“It’s not an ending. It’s just the point in the story where you turn the page” ~unknown

…i choose this…

Pam

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  1. I loved this read! If I know you, you will do all of these things before you leave! You inspired me to check a few off my list as well! If you need a travel buddy for any of the outstanding items you have to check off you know you can count on me!

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    1. I KNOW! Going to do my best – damn job gets in the way, else it would be easier. YES, this backpack trip is in a really beautiful part of CO. Lots of big peaks in there to bag. Though to be honest, I’ve had my fill of hiking 14ers. It’s amazing how desires change as we age – and I am totally ok with it! Have a great holiday!

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  2. Hi Pam!
    Best wishes on getting ready or free move – a long preparing has perks – like tackling this list!
    Our good friends just moved to Flagler beach after 25 years in CO and they used to live in FL (other coast) but I think it feels like home to them.
    And you sure have a nice new place to live
    Oh and regarding red rocks – that was how I felt. We took so many people there when they visited and did concerts (or costed during commercial shoots) and my step daughter’s graduation was there. I never ran the stairs there but it was always fun to see folks do that.
    And once – think it was 94 – a link came – it was dusk – and they had folks asking people to stay back – someone said it was princess Di and her two sons on the way t aspen ??
    Either way- red rocks felt so familiar so I could relate to what you wrote

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    1. I LOVE hearing from you. Thank you for the comments. I did run the stairs there for years. It sure was fun and I have wonderful memories! Completely grateful – Saw some great bands, stood in pouring rain, froze my butt off, enjoyed the moon and sunsets, etc….and then also have been puked on. So there you have it! It’s run it’s course!

      I hope you have THE MERRIEST holiday on the planet 🥰

      Can’t wait to share more of Oregon very soon ❤️

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      1. Oh wow – puked on? And smiling at the many red rocks experiences – hahaha
        My step daughter is long term planning to move back to castle rock (she is in fla with family now) and she asked us if we’d ever think about moving back to Colorado (that area) and Pam – it was a resounding “no” from
        Both of us. Main reason? Too land locked – we need ocean access (at least three hours is what we hope to always have for a beach drive – or closer)
        Anyhow –
        Colorado is truly special and my husband misses the skiing (he grew up able to ski winter park ) but it is not our home anymore
        Anywho – you have some fun months ahead before th big move
        Happy holidays too

        🎄🎄🎄🎄🙏💚

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        1. Well sort of exaggerating…it happened right behind me and I’m not convinced some of it didn’t splatter. After the girl puked, she passionately kissed her boyfriend. LOL. these people were REALLY hammered and being incredibly mean to the person they were sitting next to….so I went and had them kicked out – yep – concert Nazi here. The amount of cruelty they exhibited was absolutely disgusting!!! Access to the ocean is definitely a great benefit. We’ll be 4 to 5 hours away which will be a neat change. Colorado has been amazing…and had it not saved my life in many ways, I wouldn’t be so attached to it. BUT, we are looking forward to all the things Oregon and the PNW has to offer. It’s just the coolest. Castle Rock is a beautiful community – you can come visit and then fit in a ski trip :-). It’s always great to converse with you!! Cheers, friend!!

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    1. Hey! I just found your comment in spam – darn it!! Ohhh, thanks for the confirmation – I love to hear people’s perspectives on the topic. There IS so much to do there and the food scene looks pretty great also. I have signed up for every Bend Facebook page and Instagram feed known to man (or woman). LOL. Happy holidays to you also!

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  3. Based on this list, you are going to thrive in Bend and Central Oregon. Besides in Oregon, your house will only be five hours from the beautiful Oregon coast and three hours from Portland And then there’s the beer and the breweries………Don

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    1. Don, Thanks for the encouragement!!! Yeah, we picked Bend because of our passions – too many to list – haha. We’ll be winding down with work also, so we can get out and do all the things!! The sunsets on the Coast are some of the most amazing in the world. Can’t wait to soak more of that in. Cheers to you and yours this holiday season 🙂

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  4. Definitely this will serve as a great to-do list if we ever visit CO! I’m so pleased you’ve managed to do many of the things on the list 🙂 Leaving will be a wrench I’m sure, but there will be more adventures to come in Bend and I can’t wait to see what you get up to there!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, pretty sure I’ll cry the whole way to Oregon, but I think the settling in time will be fairly quick. I already have some AMAZING and fun friends there who will help with the transition. YAY. Have a great holiday Sarah!!

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    1. ha! I cannot survive without a good list. LOL. I know! They’ll be TONS of things to do there that are similar in many ways, yet completely different. Being somewhat close to the coast and all of the rivers and lakes nearby gets me super pumped. I think I just got a new work assignment that will make this next several months really fly by.

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  5. Gosh, you have been busy ticking things off your list. Well done!! And, as you say, it’s not The End, just another chapter to fill with more exciting, happy memories… 😀 Good luck with the move! (Thankfully, I’ve now ticked that one off!! 😊)

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  6. Wow what a great list! Those hot springs look amazing!! Also have always wanted to go to Telluride but it’s a bit tricky to get to it seems, at least requires a drive from any of the airports. It does seem bittersweet to be leaving Colorado, I imagine I’ll be the same way when we move to the burbs one day.

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    1. It would take some effort for you all to get there for sure. the closest airport is an hour or so away? You could also fly into Telluride, but honestly, that looks terrifying to me. Oh yes, you will have the same feelings when you all move, but you are enjoying the hell out of NYC so keep that up!!

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  7. You take ever onward to a new level. I’ve never been to CO or to OR but word has it they’re both beautiful. Just checking in to say Merry Christmas and Happy [my goodness there are going to be big changes] New Year!

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  8. That’s an ambitious but awesome list and you’ve accomplished (or made plans to accomplish) so many of them already. You should probably leave Colorado wanting more. Actually, I think it’s impossible to leave Colorado without wanting more. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Red Rocks is amazing, but the Pacific Northwest has some great venues indoor and outdoor to see shows. I think you’ll like a new area like that to see shows at!

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  10. Love this list, Pam ! And even more so knowing you’ve already accomplished so much and have great plans upcoming. You’re a fantastic life enthusiast (as my friend Britt would put it) and it’s very inspiring to read you.
    Life in Bend will be an awfully big adventure : you are soooo up to it !!!

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    1. I sure wish you lived closer to help me explore! There is soooo much to see and do. 💕💕💕 we had such a great time in the snow this past weekend….that probably should have been on the list!

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  11. Congrats on #1. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly fish and every time I watch A River Runs Through It the desire burns once again.
    Hope that 2022 treats you well and best of luck in your new home in Bend.
    BTW, The final t-shirt count was 5.

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    1. You should try it!!!! Might be a good bday present 😉. Congrats on the T’s!!!!! I have been buying a bunch from our favorite Colorado places….lol. I can’t get enough. 😂😂. Happy new year to ya 🙌

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  12. All the best as you continue to move – it is such a major enterprise … wishing you well … keep sane!!!

    As a footnote, Loving Husband has never been to the US. When we first met, he had dreams of flying to Boulder to run the Boulder Boulder 10K. We still have not made the trip! (a little shameful, really, as we have quite a number of family scattered all over the continent)

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    1. Thank you!!!! We have been purging in a a major way to try and keep it simple. I’m sure I’ll cry the whole way to Oregon. The Bolder Boulder is a great run, though I wouldn’t make the primary reason to visit the states. It is fun running Into the stadium at the end!

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