I grew up in Seattle hearing people compare my town always to Denver in terms of its beauty and openness. Â Last weekend I went beyond the Denver airport to visit Keystone Mountain some 70miles Â away to attend the Travel Bloggers Expo. This is a view from atop Keystone Mountain into the distance. Â It looks like a painting. Â Can you imagine being in these mountains with snow. Can you imagine a palomino horse, Native Americans in full regalia or what painters must have felt on first view.
I just wanted to share a few pictures from this 2 day event mostly centered around Â my social activities. There’s so much to do here. The first night I took this gondola up the mountain.
As we head to the mountain topÂ I am thinking that the ground looks weird without snow. Â Some of my associates have gone mountain bike riding on these mountain paths days before the conference started. As we climb, my breathing begins to constrict. Â I Â am drinking water because this is what is suggested: stay hydrated.
After the first gondola ride we switch to a second gondola and are handed a glass of champagne for the final ride to 11,444 feet above sea level. Â We arrive to enjoy the finest prepared feast of tapas, beverages and sweets. Â I snack. But I really had to stick with water. Â If you’ve ever been to this altitude and are moving about, you know what I mean. Â Â Anyway I was able to enjoy myself for just under a couple of hours before calling it a night and heading down.
Who is this girl? Â She’s the VP of the International Food and Wine Travel Writer’s Association. The second night we attended a How the West was Won party sponsored by Expedia. Â It was a blast. They had a full spread of the requisite BBQ, baked beans, corn on the cob, brisket, beverages Â horses to ride, a bronco riding and a lasso contest. Â I loved it. Â Â I had a blast and I will return to visit Colorado in the near future.
This guy leading the line dancing was so sexy. Â He was a real cowboy. Â I could get into line dancing — believe it or not and it has everything to do with the electric slide. Here I was by the end of the night.
I love Colorado and I shall return. This state has everything. My one consistent thought is I loved this place. In reading over what I’ve written, I know it must be true. Â I keep repeating that thought.
Gary Arndt, one of the industry standard travel writers and several industry folk I spoke to were quite impressed. Â Read what Gary has to say here. Â I would say bet on this travel conference becoming an industry standard.