Fall Hikes and Cold Brews

We’ve been in Fort Collins for a little over two years, and it’s been a hectic few years as I (Kiley) finished grad school and Will got settled after moving here. Luckily, there’s been plenty of good weather, beautiful mountains, and tasty beer to help us adjust.

Leaves are dropping pretty fast now, making for crunchy walks with the pup and brisk mornings biking to work. Knowing the snow was coming, we drove up the Poudre (pronounced POO-der, no joke) Canyon to catch the fall foliage for fear it’d all tumble down before we could see it. I was nervous the first year, to move from the Midwest with all of our leafy trees, out to Colorado with all the evergreens, but there’s still a surprising amount of splotchy, brilliant color throughout the mountains from all the aspens. While I drove, Will snapped some photos from the car window.


Around 10pm that night, we realized that our mini starter garden was still in the ground. We trekked out with a few shopping bags and a trough and went to town on our cherry tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and carrots. Will has a pretty powerful green thumb, but I have a black thumb of death. With the Colorado climate working against us, we’re calling our bitty harvest of tomatoes and haul of stubby carrots a successful first endeavor. We were excited and also…fierce (?) or something.

Since it’s October, we’ve had that one snowfall already, which was a bit more of a doozy than expected. The doggle was pretty excited about the snow and went bounding around the yard, squatting and scooping up snow in his mouth. He alternated between eating it and tossing it up in the air to dance in it, which is a big improvement from the first time he saw snow and refused to leave the damp sidewalk for the powder-covered grass last year.


The backyard. Less inviting with inches of snow, but welcome to Colorado.

Fast forward to this past weekend, we finally made it out to HIKE.We did around 3 miles at Rattlesnake Gulch outside of Boulder with the pup. It used to be a sky resort, so the ruins of an old kitchen stove and fireplace are still standing. At the lookout a few miles in, you can see the Continental Divide where we tried to take a few family photos, the attempts at which are below. Some day, the dog will face the camera for the photo and it will be great.

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Featured: varying angles of one Obi Wan Kenobi (the furry one) and the Continental Divide.

The remainder of fall up through this week, Fall Break for us, has been spent bouncing around breweries, book stores, and prepping for our overseas adventures. We found a new brewery, Purpose Brewing, which happens to be next door to REI (win) and Barnes and Noble (even bigger win).


Purpose Brewing, Fort Collins. The beers had something like “squirrel” in the name?

All things considered, it’s been a wild and wonderful fall here. We’re gearing up to have family in town for Thanksgiving, and we’re a few steps closer to getting our things together for our big adventure, which will start January 1. Here’s to a productive next month or so.



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