Our trip to Colorado | Part I

Last week, we went to Colorado for a wedding and stayed a little longer to rest. We had a wonderful time breathing in the fresh air, taking in all of the beautiful views, and enjoying the cooler weather.

We received the invitation for the wedding of our friends, Mark and Kira, at the beginning of this year. We had a hard time making the commitment to attend. In some ways, being a freelancer makes it easier for us to pack up and go out of town; in other ways, it makes it harder because if we don't work, we don't make money. I never thought of PTO as being a luxury until I gave it up. Two weeks before the wedding, we decided to go - Mark and Kira graciously let us RSVP last minute! - and we are so glad we did. This trip reminded us why we quit our 9-5 jobs to be freelance creatives, why we are freelance creatives together.

A selfie at the wedding.

A selfie at the wedding.

Hanging out with our new friends, Sean and Natalya, in downtown Golden. They were so generous for letting us stay with them Friday night for the Saturday morning wedding.

Hanging out with our new friends, Sean and Natalya, in downtown Golden. They were so generous for letting us stay with them Friday night for the Saturday morning wedding.

After the wedding, we drove on US Highway 6 from Golden, CO to Breckenridge. It was foggy during our drive, eerily beautiful - we could not help but stop on the side of the road. What should have taken us just under an hour from Golden to Breckenridge took us almost two because we took the time to look, stop, and soak it all in.

US Highway 6, on the way from Golden, CO to Breckenridge, along Clear Creek.

US Highway 6, on the way from Golden, CO to Breckenridge, along Clear Creek.

Our time in Breckenridge was spent hiking, eating, drinking good craft beer, and sleeping. It was so nice to get away from the noise of a big city - even the Airbnb cabin we stayed at was tucked away from the road, peaceful and surrounded by lots of big trees. 

The view from the window of our Airbnb cabin's den.

The view from the window of our Airbnb cabin's den.

Our first hike on our first full day in Breckenridge was at Carter Park. It was tough to breathe not being used to the high elevation, but the views were beautiful. Hoyoung took lots of photos of the scenery, we took portraits of each other, and we purposely made stops so that I could sit and draw.

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We set up Hoyoung's Fuji X-T1 on a GorillaPod, clinging to rocks, to take this. I look way more nervous in this photo than Hoyoung!

We set up Hoyoung's Fuji X-T1 on a GorillaPod, clinging to rocks, to take this. I look way more nervous in this photo than Hoyoung!

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After the hike and a quick shower, we explored Main Street and had some delicious burgers and brews.

Main Street in the town of Breckenridge, CO.

Main Street in the town of Breckenridge, CO.

Good eats and good beer at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.

Good eats and good beer at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub.

We went back to our cabin to take naps - yes, naps! Later, we drove out on to Highway 91. By mistake, we drove through the Copper Mountain Ski Resort, but we found our way back out to this gorgeous view. These shots Hoyoung got are my favorite from our trip.

A majestic view at the foot of Copper Mountain.

A majestic view at the foot of Copper Mountain.

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Another view of Copper Mountain from the highway.

Another view of Copper Mountain from the highway.

Breckenridge allowed us to slow down the fast-paced life we are used to living in the city of Dallas. The last couple of trips we've been on, most recently New Orleans, Chicago, and New York, have been to big cities. This trip reminded me that our lives are so short compared to eternity, that time can go by quickly and will move past us if we let it. I am so grateful to have had the time to re-learn how to slow down in Colorado.

All photos were taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera.