First of all, happy Monday! Life has been so crazy lately and there have been some big changes at Inspiration Indulgence. I was so excited to share with you all my first entry in My Travel Diary two weeks back, I just couldn’t wait to share with you my second Travel Diary entry with you today! With a lot of thinking, I have decided to step up my travel game with Inspiration Indulgence. Traveling is such a huge passion of mine. I get such a rush out of visiting new places, taking new pictures, and sharing with others my experiences.
Last year, Trevor and I took a massive road trip to the western half of the country. At first I considered blogging the whole road trip, but I realized that because we visited so many places, the blog post would probably be never-ending! Starting from our home state Wisconsin, we drove through Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, Utah, Missouri, and Illinois. Round trip, it was nearly 3,000 miles. (This was the start of getting our state signs for our 50 State Sign Challenge!) Now you can see why I’m not just going to blog about the whole road trip! So today, I would like to talk about our little excursion up Mount Evans.
First of all, I would just like to give a huge shout out to Colorado. WOW, what a beyond gorgeous state. I was particularly SUPER excited to visit Colorado, probably more than any other state. I had never seen mountains before, and I couldn’t wait to see its natural beauty. Colorado definitely did not disappoint. I will never forget how gorgeous the mountains and land were; I could see myself living out there if I ever chose to move out of Wisconsin.
For those of you not familiar with Mount Evans, at 14,130 feet and 14 miles high, it boasts North America’s highest paved road. I was particularly excited about this adventure because it would majorly require me to go out of my comfort zone- AKA, driving up a winding road thousands of feet up in the air with no railing! I wish I could fully communicate to you guys how nerve-wracking it was to drive up the mountain. There was barely room for one vehicle to drive up the mountain, let alone two vehicle to pass by each other! Since Trevor was driving and I was riding shotgun in the passenger’s seat, guess who was closest to the ledge of Death? This girl!
We made a whole day out of this. Surprisingly, it took longer than I thought to drive up the mountain. I guess it was just hard for me to believe that I was literally driving 14 miles up! Towards the tip of Mount Evans, the road veered ended and we had to park and hike up the top, which was about a 10-minute or so hike. I knew it was going to be cold at the top of the mountain, but I NEVER anticipated how absolutely cold and windy it was! I was wearing a thin Columbia zip-up and some capri leggings and was FREEZING!!!! It was literally a 60 degree or so temperature difference from the bottom of the mountain to the top. If I were to do it all over again, I would have definitely packed warmer clothes just for the top.
Being on top of that mountain was the most amazing feeling. First of all, I couldn’t believe that I was actually standing there on top of a mountain. The view was just incredible—it was nerve-wracking, but incredible. I felt like I was in a dream; like the scenery I was staring at wasn’t real. We had a group of people take our picture and then I wanted to get the heck back into the truck because all I could think about was how cold I was. (I know, I live in Wisconsin…I should have thicker skin by now!!)
If any of you are ever visiting Colorado, please make a point to drive up Mount Evans. Yes, it’s a little scary, but there is just nothing like the experience. You basically get to cheat and say that you climbed up a mountain because technically, you get to climb the last couple of yards by foot up to the top!
Look for my next Travel Diary entry soon!