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Today, I was on the road at 6am driving from Denver to Colorado Springs for jury duty. Waking up early, commuting and participating in this particular civic duty could be a recipe for a severe case of the Mondays for some, but I enjoyed it. I25 greeted me with sunshine and I didn’t mind the views one bit.
I love Colorado.
Now, I may be a little biased since I have spent all of my life Colorado, but I truly think it is one of the greatest places on earth.
I started my Colorado journey in Colorado Springs, which is about 100 miles South of Boulder. In the Springs, blue skies, wild animals, and open spaces are abundant. Garden of the Gods is a place that encompasses all of these things. Growing up, I spent a lot of time at the Garden of the Gods hiking, enjoying sunshine and blue skies, and running into the occasional deer or bear.
College took me to Boulder. Where do I even begin with Boulder? Not only are there countless outdoor activities, but there is so much to do on the campus and city as well. My favorite part of Boulder/ the University of Colorado is that it is a university with a city around it, not a city with a college in it. By this I mean, that Boulder is seemingly tailored to the college lifestyle. Sometimes, I even forget that families live there. From concerts, to clubs, to hiking in Chautauqua there is always something to do in Boulder and at CU.
As you know, for the summer I am in Denver. This past weekend I discovered Washington Park, also known as Wash Park by the locals. Not only does this park have lots of open space, but it has two lakes and paddle boats are available to rent. What a perfect spot to relax during a 90 degree summer day!
Denver is a popular spot for many CU students to visit. Some go for the night life, some go for the restaurants, and some go to enjoy Rockies, Broncos, or Nuggets games. Denver is about 30 minutes away and one of the best parts? You can get to the Mile High City for free! With your BuffOne card, you will receive an RTD bus pass, which will be your key to using the transportation around Boulder, to Denver and even to the airport.
I'm beginning to think that Boulder is the perfect representation of all that Colorado has to offer- a college town, with outdoor activities and city life.
Have I convinced you to love Colorado as much as I love Colorado?
Of all of the places I’ve lived in Colorado, I would say that Boulder is my home. In Boulder, I am learning what I want to learn and growing into the person I’ve always wanted to become. Wherever you choose to go, I hope you find this sense of home.