I took a little detour on my way to New Zealand to see Pablo from Where’s Pablo and explore a bit of Colorado.
I mean, why not take the long way to your destination if you don’t have a specific time you need to arrive at…
Odell Brewing Company
First thing on the agenda, a brewery. I did after all make this my detour because Pablo owed me a beer because he beat on the USA winning against Germany during the World Cup. Chump! 😛 Anyways, after sampling some of their most popular beers, it was time for the actual brewery tour. The tour takes places every day at 1, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. for free. And really what’s better than a free tour? It was interesting to learn more about their particular brewing system. Personally, I was impressed with the creativity and level of experimentation they do at the brewery. I’m not some big beer aficionado, but I’m always up for something different so making beer with chocolate, sure, I’m down for that.
We spent the rest of the day around Fort Collins. It had a charming small town vibe. After walking around with ice cream and doing some window shopping, we stopped by an arcade. I can’t remember the last time I was at an arcade! After some pinball, pac-man, and a drink, we decided to end our trip to Fort Collins.
I had never seen the Rocky Mountains before coming to Colorado so instead of just seeing them from a distance, we headed to the little mountain town of Estes Park. We wandered the street of this adorable little town. This is how I always pictured mountain towns. I decided to eat something local for lunch and ordered an Elk burger with my favourite beer from Odell Brewing Company (the Easy Street Wheat if you were curious). We happened to be there the same day as an arts and craft fair and spend some time going through the different stalls before heading further into the mountains.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is located near Estes Park. It costs $20 per car which was a little bit of a surprise for me. I feel most provincial/national parks in Canada charge per person… Or maybe just the ones I’ve gone to. But for that $20 you can go into the park for a week so no need to cram everything into one day if you’re going to be around longer. It’s a great place to take photos of the mountains and spot some wildlife. We were lucky enough to not only see a group of deer off the side of the road, but one up close while walking around Sprague Lake. It was really a great day up in the mountains.
You saw all about this in the video. If not, you got to the bottom of my post without watching the video at the top. My feelings are a mix of disappointment that you didn’t watch my video and confusion way you skipped all the way to this part… Weirdo.
Well, that was my Colorado detour. Now, onto life in New Zealand!… Oh but only after meeting up with Justin Jones from Justin was Here in Venice during my 10 hour LAX layover. So many USA detours. Haha!