So I wasn't tagged by anyone. But I am approaching my 4-year anniversary of moving to Boulder and a part of me just wanted to document how much I love where I live. In appreciation of Boulder, I decided to share the 5 places that I enjoy the most in no specific order (but numbered so as to keep things straight)...
1. Mt. Sanitas
Mt. Sanitas is minutes from downtown Boulder and is a great hike. It offers awesome views of the entire town, is guaranteed to make you sweat, and is a must for out-of-town visitors. Plus, I always get passed by someone decades older than me, proving once again that even the seventy-year old Boulderites are in better shape than me.
2. Boulder Theater
Boulder is a great place for live music and nothing beats this place. From big-names like Spoon and Aimee Mann to smaller musical acts like The Books, from comedy (Kevin Nealon) to movies, from benefits (Microbreweries for the Environment) to bashes (Mountain Sun Hootenanny), I've done most of it in this building. The venue is small enough that there is never a bad seat and the place just reeks of history. It also doesn't hurt that I know one of the bartenders. Love it.
3. The Flatirons
I took this shot in my old neighborhood. (SoBo represent!) The Flatirons always amaze me. Big slabs of rock that stand solid to form the backdrop of Boulder, they are especially beautiful with a light dusting of snow. They point the way west which, for someone directionally challenged like me, presents a wonderful landmark to get my bearings. And on Saturday afternoon, I have a date with the first Flatiron. I haven't climbed it in a while and am looking forward to spending some quality time on it.
4. Boulder Creek bike path
Boulder has an extensive bike path system that basically connects all parts of town. When I was doing a lot of bike commuting, these paths became places of familiarity and surprise. You never know what you're going to see or who you're going to run into. The pic above is a spot along the bike path and the closest my road bike has ever been to flowing water. After living in a big town that was extremely unfriendly to bikers (Houston), Boulder is a bike rider's dream come true. Maybe that's why so many pro cyclists live and train here?
5. My bedroom...aka the treehouse
I wake up with the birds chirping in the trees that surround my room. I can see Mt. Sanitas from my window, can walk three blocks to the Boulder theater and am five blocks from the entrance to the bike path. Sleep is a friend of mine and many good times have been spent in here. Even with the mint-green color on the walls.
Honorable mentions: the outdoor patio of the Southern Sun pub and brewery, Chautauqua park, Boulder Reservoir and the Mesa trail