Eight Years: A Love Letter

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Perfect in its unpredictability we drove out to the San Luis Valley from Denver on Saturday morning to celebrate our wedding anniversary weekend. This is a two lane road that we were on in this picture. Note the lack of visibility. Note how bright the day was. Oh Colorado.

honeycombWe paused in Salida for some of our favorite stores including The Beekeeper’s Honey Boutique, Little Red Hen Bakery, and Kaleidoscope Toys. The toy store was having a Star Wars play event. Of course.

For food we generally hit Ploughboy for local fare to eat immediately and cook with but they are preparing for a big remodel. I look forward to see what they look like in March. We did grab some pho at Little Cambodia.

photavernWe then headed to the hot springs where we planned to settle for three days.

Colorado is ridiculous. Between sunsets on fire and shooting stars from the pools all you can do is be in love with your boo.

We had an unintended present a friend gave us. Margo did Reiki II readings for us this month. During our first night away we read each other’s readings to help bring some clarity. We of course thought the other had an amazing reading but looked at our own with self doubt. It is funny how perceptions bend and can be clouded with our judgements. This is how I saw my husband after reading his. ralph

This is how he saw me. tumblr_mc5v3vuHz41qk7mkdo2_500

At least we have very positive perceptions of the other. It was a good reassurance to end the day.

The next day we turned it up to 11. I’ll paint the scene for you. We decided to drive the backroads to head south. Folk was playing on The River Rat (93.7 FM) while my husband was feeding me a spoon of honeycomb that we bought the day before as we were sipping fresh coffee that we made.

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A huge bird was along the road so I jumped out of the driver seat to grab my camera while my husband drove. Note that no other cars were anywhere near us.

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And we played along several telephone poles with a Golden Eagle. Yes a bigger than a Bald Eagle, GOLDEN EAGLE. We left the bird alone after it had captured a meal and was going to feast.golden eagle

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We then stopped in Crestone for some bomb diggity green chai and brunch.

There are many things I love about Creatone, but none so much as the green chai at Desert Sage.

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Then we made our way to Great Sand Dunes National Park where I wanted to get in the #REIExplorer virtual run with Black Girls Run and REI. The park rangers recommended against any trails due to icy conditions so off to the sand dunes it was.


The sand dunes took a lot out of me. My husband also played to get some of these shots and flared up his exercise induced asthma because it was pretty cold.


We raced back to the hot springs to end up in a pool for a soak and I was able to capture a sunset picture I had envisioned for this pool for almost a year now.
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That night we hung out with other land trust members until it was bed time then went out to soak and sauna some more. In the morning we hiked to the tallest springs before meandering down to make more coffee and noodles then wind our way back to Denver.

The weekend was absolutely lovely. We missed the Marade in Denver but to be honest we knew we were getting married MLK Jr weekend and feel we live for some of his legacy everyday with our mixed race life. The Marade in the current climate would have been amazing to be part of but some solitude and sheer love felt just right. Happy 8th wedding anniversary Terry. xoxo

I’m FLEAKING out! Denver Flea Holiday Review

If you are anywhere near Denver you hopefully already know about the Denver Flea. It takes place a few times a year, features super trendy vendors, lots of alcohol, tasty food trucks, and loads of entertainment.

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I worked with a vendor at the last Flea to offer diastasis checks for women but this last one I went straight up as a blogger to the VIP shopping night. I got over the chill in the air with a few cocktails and saw a load of friends. It was a fun, festive occasion.

The first rule of the flea, you are not going there to bargain shop. Nope, head to the Goodwill, ARC, or Brass Armadillo off the 70 if that is your MO.

You will want to shop so be prepared for what you are willing to buy because there is great stuff everywhere

Yes #Denver. We can haz #OliviaPope #denverfleabloggerfinds @denver_flea

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Got a new duvet. Oh you thought I was shopping for others. Bwahahaha #denverfleabloggerfinds @denver_flea A photo posted by kiamruiz (@kiamruiz) on

You do need to be cautious because since this is Denver Flea folks the ability to imbibe is fierce. And it is easy to swipe on a Square when you are slizzard.  Also there is some douchiness around on the edges but you are big boy or girl and know how to avoid that IF you want. 

Head to the Flea tonight for the UnCorporate party ($35 entry). Hint, hint, hint… Passport folks, check your email for a 2-for-1 deal to attend. The Flea will also be opened on Saturday and Sunday ($5 entry) with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute and Reading Partners.

There is a very good chance you  will see me around there this weekend.  I got some more Irish Coffees to say hello to, lounging, and I really, really want that be hippy hat plus maybe some more holiday gifts.

Disclosure: I was comped entry to the VIP party and given a canvas tote plus two fives to post about this shindig online which was silly since I posted about it online last flea with zero Flea motivation. All opinions are my own.