If you know me, you know where my favorite place (as of right now) is. Colorado.
Disclaimer… my close friends really know how much I love this place! So this one is for you guys 😉
The first time I ever went to Colorado was when I was in 6th grade for the Frozen Four hockey tournament because the Fighting Sioux had made it. We arrived to Denver in the middle of the night and our hotel was just on the outside of the city. I was a little skeptical about Denver that night but the next morning on our way to the hockey game I fell in love.
Being from North Dakota, you can drive for miles and miles without seeing a thing. It is flat, open, and very windy. But we are blessed with the best sunsets and millions of stars to gaze at all summer long. Personally my favorite part. 🙂 Traveling to Colorado, I realized not everywhere is flat and (sorry) boring. I remember driving outside of Denver to go hiking and being encircled with the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen. Mountains with snow covered peaks, cliffs made of red colored rocks, and roads winding up the mountains. How can you not fall in love with this place?!
That trip, in 6th grade was the moment I realized that Colorado was where I wanted to end up one day. There seemed to be so many opportunities. I love nature and everything it has to offer. So being a very active and outdoorsy person, I felt like this was the place for me.
Going into my senior year of high school our family made a trip back to Colorado to have a little vacation. We did lots of hiking, site-seeing, and the best of all… we went to a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. If you have never been to a concert at Red Rocks, I HIGHLY recommend it! Put this at the top of your bucket list! It is so worth every penny. The venue is up in the mountains just outside of Denver and you are surrounded by mountains and stars. My favorite! 🙂 We saw Phillip Phillips and my all time favorite (and first crush) John Mayer. For me, nothing could be better than a John Mayer concert in Colorado in the mountains. I’ll gladly admit that I teared up many tim
es that night. That concert is still one of my all time favorite moments of my life.
During this trip, we also went to tour the University of Northern Colorado. At the time I was looking into going to school there and we decided it was the perfect opportunity to see the campus. It was beautiful and just an hour north of Denver, sometimes I still wish I would’ve gone to school their, but I think I made the right decision for me at the time.
Just a few weeks later, I was back in Colorado for a mission trip with my church and some of my best friends. I was so excited to get to spend another week and a half in Colorado. This time we were in the southwest corner of the state in a town named Cortez. We spent a week giving back to this small indian reservation and helping clean it up a bit while getting to know the community members. And like always, having some fun with the little kids. It was so fun to see a totally different part of my favorite state. The landscape was more rocky and desert-like. We spent one evening at the national park, Mesa Verde exploring the pueblos that were created hundreds of years ago and worshipping outside. On the road trip back, we stopped outside of Colorado Springs to go white water rafting. What a great experience that was! The water was freezing but going down the river that was in the middle of the mountains was so beautiful. I will admit, we had a little more fun white water rafting in Montana, but it was still a great time.
Seeing many different areas of Colorado has helped me to fall in love even more… Like thats possible. 😉 There is so much to do and you always have a beautiful view.
See its moments like the ones listed above that made me fall in love with this beautiful state. I have had so many amazing experiences and memories with loved ones, that it makes me think there is so much more waiting for me in Colorado. It’s okay if I don’t live there my whole life, but I want to go out and explore the world. See what its like to be somewhere I love. I think North Dakota is a great state and I am so blessed to have been raised here. But I’m young! I want to live in different places, explore the world, and find out where I should be. I don’t want to settle down and 10 years from now think about what it would’ve been like to live somewhere else. I want to do it!
College has taught me a lot about myself. I have constantly been living in the future or in the past. I can’t enjoy the present if I am not taking in the moment. Each day, I try to remind myself of this, especially with things like living in Colorado someday, studying abroad in Norway, or even where I am going to be 10 years from now. God has a plan and I need to let it all happen when its time. Many times I have to remind myself to slow down and not worry about these things.
I feel like we all find that one place that we love and dream of living in someday. For me, clearly that place is Colorado. When I do get stuck thinking about the future, I dream about what it would be like to live in Denver and work as a nurse, going hiking on my weekends off, driving around town and having the mountains to look at, and so much more. I know you may not understand why I love this place so much, but I associate it with happiness and beauty. And who wouldn’t want to live somewhere that offers those things?
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” -John 1:3