Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Things Coloradoans care about

Unless you have lived in CO, it is really hard to understand what the state is about.  I think most states are like this to an extent, but of the 3 states I've lived in (huge sampling, I know), Colorado seems to exemplify this the most.  Since I am 100% invested in getting all of you to either visit me, or even move here, I thought I should share with you just a few of the things that us Coloradoans get our panties in a bunch over.

1)  Peyton Manning.  Oh my word, you would think that we see him as the flippin' Messiah.  within 2 weeks of our buddy Peyton coming to Denver, he had already recorded the "welcome to Denver" monologue for the trains at the airport.  I mean, why in the world is he doing the speech that has typically been done by our Governor?  He isn't really even "from" here!

Source: via Sara on Pinterest

Now, I was living in IN when the Colts won the Superbowl.  It was a big deal.  I had a lot of friends that went to the big parade, and did all of the celebrating and junk.  IN had Manning fever pretty badly too.  But I don't ever remember it being nearly as bad as it is here.

2)  Missy Franklin.  It is an outright sin to live in CO and not love this girl.  She is our little olympic heroine with a sterling GPA, a sunny attitude, and class coming out her you-know-what.  She just started a project with one of Warren Miller's sons about doing a documentary about disabled individuals learning how to SCUBA.  Oh, and she's tall, blonde, and beautiful.  We just love her.

3) Microbreweries:  I have read A LOT of blogs that all seem to claim that their area is the mecca for microbreweries.  They are all wrong.  Sorry, but it's true.  If you want good quality microbrewed or microdistilled booze, Colorado is where it is at.  Ammon and I could go to a different microbrewery or microdistillery within a 30 mile radius of our house each week for one year, and not hit all of them.  In fact, I'm now really tempted to do just that, and call it something epic... like Growler-thon 2013.

This is a growler.  It is a glass jug specific to a brewery, that you take to the brewery, and they fill it with delicious handcrafted beer.  Our local favorite brewery is less than a mile from our house.

From a different micro-brewery/pub.  Though this is cider, not beer.

4) The Mountains and the outdoors:  Growing up, my most memorable shopping trips seemed to revolve around various sporting goods and outdoor stores.  Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, Performance Bicycle, Fly Fishing shops, Boulder Ski Deals, etc.  Those were always fun, because they were the precursor to spending lots of time outside.  If there is a way to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the weather or season, we will make it happen, and we will smile while we do it.  After all, how could you not with views like these?

5) Anything that can carry the Colorado stamp:  We are so proud of anything that got its start, or made a name for itself in Colorado.  The Fray and The Lumineers are OUR bands, and always will be.  We shop at Farmer's markets and love them, because we can chat with OUR farmers, and buy food grown on OUR fields.  Chipotle, and Noodles and Company were started here, and it's tough to find someone around here that doesn't know it.  Oh, and we have an awesome amphitheater called Red Rocks.  It's a pretty big deal, I guess.  At least, we think it is, and bands are always saying it's their favorite venue.  Even Mr. Mraz, who shot this video there.

Alright, I've bragged enough for one day.  But doesn't it make you want to come visit REALLY badly, if only to hear Peyton himself welcome you to Denver?


  1. Growler-thon 2013 sounds like the most epic idea ever! Nothing has ever made me want to go to CO more!

  2. My boss is a HUGE Broncos fan. Though, so is the rest of Utah. and if they're not, then they're 49ers fans. We also love Chipotle at my work, though sometimes I get the name mixed up and call it Pichotle and I can't figure out where I am going wrong with it. not one of my prouder moments.

    and who doesn't love mountains? I do.

  3. I love, love, love Peyton Manning. Chris has a huge man crush on him. We went to see him play when he was still with the Colts.

    CO is responsible for the greatest love of my life - Coors Light. I can't wait to visit.

  4. Makes me feel bad that the only time I have ever been to Colorado was a 3 hour layover at the airport =-(

  5. Beer a thon, yes. Outdoors not so much. I prefer viewing nature from inside my house. Well, I like taking walks. :) and I'll confess I didn't know who manning was until I finished this post...

  6. My brothers live in Colorado, so I've spent a fair bit of time there myself and it is SO true about the microbreweries. SO TRUE. I worked at a liquer store (the most hilarious job ever for me, as I a. don't drink and b. don't know AnYTHING), and it was all about the microbrews, bro.

  7. All of those outdoor pics are the reason why I need to move to Denver! ;)

  8. Okay, okay... you've convinced me - we are moving to Colorado.


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