A Hipstamatic Journey though Manitou Springs, Celestial Seasoning Factory, and Boulder

My Mom and I took a short weekend to visit my sister and brother-in-law in Colorado. While we were there for only two days we got to sight-see some good stuff.  Since we packed lightly I couldn’t bring my camera so the photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app on the iPod touch.

We started off visiting Manitou Springs for lunch. If you are a granola mountain hippie this place is for you!  I’m 1/4 granola so I enjoyed it as well. There was an awesome bead shop that had unique items and some cool clothing stores, and even a store dedicated to rubber duckies.  The highlight of Manitou is getting to try the different Mineral waters- visitors tip- some of it is pretty strong so sip slowly.

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Next stop and my favorite was the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour in Boulder, Co.  We went on Saturday when the machines weren’t working but it still was a neat tour.  You got to smell all the spices that are put into their teas and even try free samples.  I walked away with a new tea mug and some bath tea from their gift shop.ChickandBee-teatour1

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After that we stopped off in downtown Boulder to grab lunch and walk around.  It had quite a few book shops and coffee places, so being a bookworm and coffee addict, I instantly fell in love.  Also the art gallery and little boutique stores left me wishing we had more time there to explore.  I’m hoping B and I can revisit soon!

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A Mini-Vacation to the Mountains

Chickandbee-Colorado1So quite spontaneous of us B and I hopped in the car for a few days in the snow caped mountains of Colorado.  We stayed at B’s family place which holds a special memory for us as over a 4th of July a few years ago that was when we started dating.  We basically did nothing but eat and hike and take pictures the entire time.  Here are a few of my favorites.

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B and I carved our initials in an aspen tree to mark the time when we started dating.

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The hot chocolate was a splurge at $7 a bag and came complete with its own marshmallows.  It was totally worth it.

Hannah and Harley had the absolute best time up there.  They played and slept hard. I got some cute pictures of Hannah on the snow mobile…her feet got tired.  I will have to post them later.

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We stopped at a roadside spring.  The water was freezing but delicious.  I loved the ice that formed around the fountain.

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Have you ever seen a frozen waterfall?  Well here is one.

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B and I took our Christmas pictures as well.  Hannah was such a camera hog. But here is one of my favorites B took of me.  The pair of grey Hunter boots was an early Christmas present :)

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St. Martin Island Tour Continued

St Martin Travel Tip #1:  Rent a Car.  Taxies cost like $30 a trip and you can rent a car for the entire week for $100.

We rented a car on Monday and had the whole week to explore the island on our own time. They drive on the right side of the road and it was pretty fun zipping up, down, around, and over the hills.  However watch out for giant potholes, wild goats, spike the lizard and his family, or a local that decided to stop his/her car in the middle of the road to chat with a neighbor sitting on their porch.

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We ended up getting a room with an ocean view and befriended these two locals that joined us for breakfast each morning.
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Our hotel was built on top of a coral reef and you rent snorkel gear to explore.  This is the view looking straight down from our balcony.
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