My first academic year at the Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland wrapped up at the end of May, and since then I flew from Switzerland to the USA and have been spending my 6 weeks of summer vacation with my American friends and family!
In Ohio, I celebrated my sweet niece Ava Faith’s 2nd birthday…
(You cannot hear my accompaniment in the background, but this was my debut performance of “Happy Birthday!” on the guitar! Next time I clearly need to play louder – noted.)
My sister and I then drove out to Cape May, New Jersey for a weekend on the beach! I was an honorary Zeta Zeta Zeta sorority sister for the weekend and we enjoyed lots of quality time in the car (8 hours each way with a 2-year-old!), fun in the clouds (the weather did not exactly cooperate), salt water taffy, fudge, and walks along the Atlantic Ocean! Ava was not a fan of the sand or the water, but clinging to her mommy like a monkey made her happy and so we managed a nice sister beach pic below. 🙂
Next up was a week-long trip with my sister-in-law to visit my cousin, Joanna, in Denver, Colorado! Denver is a fun town with a young, outdoor, up-and-coming trendy vibe. Some of my favorite spots in the city were Denver Central Market, Linger rooftop bar and Little Man Ice Cream in the Highlands neighborhood, Bar Dough (where Top Chef contestant Carrie Baird is Executive Chef), happy hour at Work & Class, and running along Cherry Creek Trail – where if you accidentally run on the path designated for bikers, like I did, you are sure to take the heat from the locals. These people are serious about their sport, lesson learned!
To spend a few days out of the city and in the glory of the mountains, we drove west of Denver through Glenwood Canyon to a charming AirBnB in Carbondale where we were surrounded by Colorado red rocks and country ranches, slept under a clear sky of brilliant stars, woke to the crow of rooster, and enjoyed fresh eggs from the chicken coop nearby. It was charming, beautiful, and highly recommended!
Day 1 in the Carbondale area, Shannon and I hiked to Thomas Lakes…
And Day 2 Joanna joined us for the Maroon Bells, one of North America’s most photographed scenic mountains, a hike to Glacier Lake, and a quick stop in the town of Aspen. Though tourist-heavy destinations, Maroon Bells and Aspen were worth the trip offering spectacular scenery, an enjoyable atmosphere, and great adventure!
Our Maroon Bells hike to and from Glacier Lake ended with Shannon spotting a black bear far off in the distance walking the mountain peaks. It was the icing on the cake of our Maroon Bells excursion!
And as we headed back to Denver, the Colorado sights continued to delight driving through Independence Pass…
Then 3 hours later, back in Denver we were! Just in time for me to hit up Yoga on the Rocks Saturday morning at the Red Rocks Amphitheater about 30 minutes outside of Denver. Hundreds of yogis performing sun salutations and downward-facing dogs at sunrise amongst majestic red rocks and a bright blue sky – this was Yoga on the Rocks! I loved it.
That’s a whole lot of pictures, I know, but Colorado was just so darn beautiful! I’m back in Ohio now and am awaiting Marc’s arrival to join me in the US in just a few days. More pictures of Marc and I and the Miller family together in our Ohio stomping grounds to come!