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Colorado Day #3

Road TripMegan WhitsonComment

Hi loves. Can you guys believe that we are over halfway through December?! What the heck is happening … I want to pause time so I can slow down and savor every single moment of this season <3 Also, I have done less than half of my Christmas shopping and haven’t shipped anything back to SC yet. I should probably get on that - like yesterday.

How was your weekend? My little sister and two of our good friends were in town for a few days and it was SO nice. We had a fun few days of hiking, exploring, shopping, eating and drinking our way around SLC and Park City. They also went skiing on Sunday in Park City but I wasn’t able to join for that - it looked super fun though :)

Okay…so this has been the vacation recap that NEVER ends. Sorry guys…tis the season - literally.

Where did we leave off? Ok…last morning in Boulder! Will and I went to breakfast at South Side Walnut Cafe and it did not disappoint. There coffee was excellent and it took me forever to order because everything on the menu looked so delicious. I got the Big Dill Eggs and the Boulder Latte. Our server was super friendly and made an already amazing experience even better.

After breakfast, we headed out to Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead in Eldorado Canyon State Park. This may have been my favorite hike that we did in Colorado. There were incredible views the entire time (not just at the top). It was the perfect intensity…I loved everything about it and so did Will. I have a feeling this is probably pretty crowded in warmer months but it was perfect for us in early November…the trail was not crowded at all. It was in the low 30’s but we definitely got warm in the sun once we were moving. I’d love to come back to Eldorado Canyon State Park and do some climbing as well - I spotted several sexy routes ;) I think you can do sport climbing and bouldering here.

Gorgeous, right?? The pictures don't even do it justice…it is truly breathtaking. After our hike, we headed up the road to Fort Collins - but of course, we stopped in Longmont to check out a brewery or two ;)

Our first stop was Wibby Brewing (suggested to us by the girl in the gift shop at Avery). Wibby is known for their American-influenced, German-style lagers. This ended up being one of my favorite breweries of the trip - cool vibe, SUPER friendly/personable staff, awesome selection of well done brews AND a shuffle board table…Will and I are big shuffle board fans ;)

Next up was Left Hand Brewing Co which we were super excited about…sadly, while the beer was awesome (which we knew it would be), the ambience of the brewery and the staff left a lot to be desired. Womp womp. The brewery was smaller than I expected and really dark inside - I am a lover the LIGHT so I wasn’t feeling the cave-vibe I got. That combined with some very bored, uninterested in patrons but super interested in their phones staff = we finished our flights and peaced out. Oh well, I still love their beer.

We headed on up the road and got settled into our Airbnb in Fort Collins which was AWESOME. We actually stayed about 15 minutes outside of downtown Fort Collins in Loveland. We rested up and played with our Airbnb owner’s adorable dog for awhile and then headed out to New Belgium. I’ve loved New Belgium’s beer for a long time so I was stoked to check out the brewery and it did not disappoint. It had all my checkmarks for a great brewery: incredible beer (obviously), funky/fun vibe and friendly and knowledgable staff. Sadly we didn’t get to take a tour (apparently they book out like 2 months in advance!).

We finished off our evening by grabbing nachos and wings at a sports pub in downtown Fort Collins to watch the Panthers game - I can’t remember the name but it was a cool little dive bar. Anyway, that wraps up day 3…hiking and breweries … our 2 favorite things ;)

I hope you have had a wonderful start to your week! Only 7 days until Christmas!!!

I’m off to bake a ridiculous amount of Christmas cookies <3

Big Love & Pura Vida

Tuesday Things & Colorado Day #1

Road Trip, Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hi friends. Happy Tuesday! Sooo I just wrote about half of this post and then somehow managed to delete it! Sigh…major bummer. So here we go again haha. How has your week been so far? Mine has been busy but great (other than previously mentioned deletion of half my blog post). I am continuing to love my rotation. I absolutely love all of my patients and feel like I am learning so much…and hopefully making a positive impact on their lives <3

I took advantage of the CyberMonday deals on Amazon yesterday and ordered a ski jacket, mittens and a vest…now I just need to actually LEARN to ski haha. I’m researching the best “beginning” ski deals in the area currently - if you know of some good ones, let me know! It is a little overwhelming.

This will be a short Tuesday Things and then I’m recapping my first day in Colorado for you guys - along with some hiking and brewery recommendations :) Sorry I’m a little late on my recap posts!

1. These are the mittens I ordered last night and I’m super excited about them haha…just had to share ;)

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2. I went snowshoeing for the first time on Sunday afternoon up at Alta and it was BREATHTAKING. I literally felt like I was walking around in a snow globe. It was a pretty good workout too! I was amazed at some of the backcountry skiers I saw…holy cow, those guys are IN SHAPE! Big thanks to my new friend Ben for loaning me snowshoes and showing me the ropes :)

3. Now that Thanksgiving is over…it’s time to start thinking about one of the BEST parts of Christmas - cookies! Jessica’s Holiday Baking List will not steer you wrong. I’m going to attempt the chewy chai snickerdoodles this weekend :)

4. Have you guys heard of the AllTrails app?? I think I am super late to the game on this one but I downloaded it this past weekend and it is such a great resource for any and all hiking wherever you may be. I’m planning to do Mount Van Cott this weekend.

5. I recently tried FourSigmatic’s hot cacao mix and really loved it. It isn’t too sweet which I like. AND it is infused with reishi elixir so it is a perfect drink to help you wind down before bed :)

6. Chelsea shared THIS recipe for sweet potato chili and it looks so delicious (the recipe is towards the bottom of her post). I love that it includes regular sweet potatoes, Japanese sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes. I’ll be giving this a shot for my Sunday meal prep!

7. We went to check out the lights at Temple Square on Friday night and despite the rain, it was beautiful. I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the SLC area <3 We also grabbed a drink at Beerhive Pub afterwards in downtown Salt Lake and it was a great experience. They have an extensive, varied beer list and the food was really yummy :)

The Honey Hips Ale by Latitude 33 (above) was delicious; it had just a hint of sweetness from the honey. Definitely recommend!

Alright…better late than never! Colorado Adventures Day #1 : Boulder!

Will and I got into Boulder around 5:30pm that Tuesday (we left from Charlotte on Monday AM, stopped in St. Louis, then drove to Boulder all day Tuesday). We checked into our Airbnb which was super cute and very affordable. I highly recommend staying with Kyle & Lisa if you are ever in the area; they are excellent hosts. Their private studio was so cozy and just a short drive from downtown Boulder. They also had chickens and ducks which made me super happy :)

We went to Under the Sun Eatery & Pizzeria on Tuesday night upon recommendation from Kyle and Lisa. I had one of the best salads I have ever eaten…seriously, it was insane. It was the Power Flower and it had “organic mixed greens, roasted cauliflower, bacon, pickled onion, aged white cheddar, and lemon caper vinaigrette” - the roasted cauliflower was the star. Will and I also split The Wild Boom pizza (roasted Hazel Dell mushrooms, woodfired onions, sundried tomatoes, fontina, Grana Padano, fresh parsley) and had a few beers. It was a perfect, laid-back first night in Boulder.

We also went into a little beer and wine shop in the shopping center that Under the Sun was in - I didn’t take any pictures though and I cannot remember the name…BUT, if you are ever in the area, pop around the corner and check it out! They had a huge, well-rounded beer selection and the staff were super knowledgeable and so friendly. I wish I could remember the name to give them a shout out! We rounded out our first CO night with a beer in our cozy little bungalow and then crashed super hard. Why does driving wear you out so much but all you’re doing is sitting?? Then we were up with the sun the next morning to start our first hike…to be continued ;)

But just a little sneak preview of the Flatirons…

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Hope you have an awesome hump day! I’ll talk to you soon :)

Big Love & Pura Vida!

Tuesday Things ... and hello from SLC!

Tuesday ThingsMegan WhitsonComment

Hello, hello! Long time, no see. Sorry for the extend absence! I’ve spent the past two weeks road tripping across the country with my lover, hiking and brewery hopping my way through Colorado and finally getting settled into my new home in Salt Lake City…and starting my third clinical rotation at the University of Utah Hospital (which means I am one step closer to graduation!).

It has been a wonderful, wild whirlwind and I am loving every second of it … but I’m also a wee bit exhausted so we are going to stick with Tuesday Things for now. I promise to photo edit and write my heart out soon to get more “legit” posts up for you guys.

PS - I have already fall in love with Salt Lake City and I never, ever want to leave <3

I got my first taste of snow hiking to Dog Lake in Millwood Canyon on Saturday…

I got my first taste of snow hiking to Dog Lake in Millwood Canyon on Saturday…

Now…onto Tuesday Things!

  1. I just finished up the last book in the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas, Kingdom of Ash. I started it on our road trip and could not put it down - this series gripped me from beginning to end. Imagine Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings with a little bit of extra magic and romance sprinkled in…SO GOOD. Start with the first book, Throne of Glass. You will not regret it. Anyone else finished the series? :)

  2. Also, Dana (best friend & Sunday sista) lent me Girl, Wash Your Face right before I left Charlotte. I’m pretty sure this book has broken the internet with how quotable, relatable and inspiring it is. I can’t wait to start reading it!

  3. What are you making for Thanksgiving dinner?? How beautiful is this autumn bruschetta board - it would make the PERFECT starter. Jessica always makes the most beautiful AND tasty recipes :)

  4. I also rounded up a few Thanksgiving dessert ideas from my favorite bloggers…

    1. Chocolate Pecan Pie Cookie Cobbler by Juli of paleOMG … HOLY YUM y’all.

    2. This Bourbon Brule Pumpkin Pie by Jessica. I’m sorry WHAT - amazing. AND you can get all the ingredients from Aldi! Win :)

    3. This “oldie but goodie” from Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers —> Pumpkin Icebox Cake. Yesss!

    4. These Oatmeal Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies by Tina. That is a mouthful to say haha! These are definitely going on my “must make” list! White chocolate + pumpkin … glorious <3

  5. Is anyone running in a Thanksgiving day turkey trot? I think there are a few going on in SLC but I will be worked so sadly I won’t get to participate :(

  6. I recently added a few new listings to my Poshmark page…like this, Mighty Lite III Vest by Columbia and this, Alison Andrews Striped Ruffle Sleeve Shirt. I haven’t done a great job of keeping up with my “store” over the past few weeks but I’m slowly re-integrating it back into my daily life :)

  7. My Patagonia puffy has SAVED my life these past few weeks (I have it in Ikat Purple), along with this beanie by Columbia - I bought it at a cute little outdoor shop in my last mountain weekend in NC :)

  8. And for #8…my first SLC recommendation: Shades Brewery is only 5 minutes from my house and it has some absolutely glorious Belgian brews. We went to the Freeheel Fall Ball there on Saturday night and had a blast. AND I WON MY FIRST RAFFLE! It only took me 31 years haha…I won a beanie, tank top and two lift passes for Powder Mountain. I am SO PUMPED.

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That’s it for now friends. Thanks for being patient with me while I “ghosted” for awhile. I can’t wait to share my road trip/Colorado adventures with you soon … and I cannot wait to experience (and share) all that Utah has to offer!

Happy Tuesday & Pura Vida <3

Good morning from the road...

Road TripMegan WhitsonComment

Good morning from St. Louis, Missouri! Or just outside of it…we’ve been on the road for about an hour now. Sorry for the radio silence over the past week - it was crazy busy finishing up the last week of my rotation in Beaufort, unpacking/repacking for SLC and enjoying a jam-packed weekend of football and friends :) Will and I left from Charlotte around 7:00am yesterday and arrived in St. Louis ~11 hours later. We hit the road again around 6:20 this morning and we have a 12.5 hour day of driving ahead until we hit Boulder! Several long days in the car but it will be worth it for us to have 4 days in Colorado until we continue on to SLC.

Anyway, I hope you’ve had a wonderful past week and had a fantastic Halloween :) I may do a “Tuesday Things” post later today but for now I’ll just share a few photos from this past week with you guys.

Sunrise in Beaufort on my last morning :)

Sunrise in Beaufort on my last morning :)

I came home on Friday night and got to spend some good time with my parents. I hadn’t gotten to see them in about 6 weeks so it was awesome to just have some quality time with them before I head out again until February. I know some people don’t see their parents very often at all but I’ve gotten pretty spoiled over the past few years. My parents only live about 3.5 hours away from Charleston so it’s been pretty easy to see them a decent amount; even going 6 weeks without seeing them recently seemed like a really long time for me. There’s also a very strong chance that they will be selling their house before I get back from SLC which is CRAZY to think about. It’s the house that I grew up in (they built it when I was 3) so it was a little weird thinking that this might be the last weekend that I’m ever in that house. BUT a house is just a thing, a structure made of wood and brick, etc…my home is my family and that never changes no matter where they go or I go, no matter where we live.

On Saturday, Will and I went to the Clemson/Louisville game and it was AWESOME. We got to see and spend time with so many of our good friends. The game was great but the people and fellowship was better. I left with a super full heart…and a Tiger win was pretty good too ;)

Those two lovely ladies at the top and I go WAY back. Hayley and I declared ourselves best friends in 2nd grade and Lindsay moved to our town in 4th or 5th grade. We all went to middle school, high school and then Clemson together. It’s pretty crazy having friends that you’ve known and loved for 25 years. I made Hayley awkwardly take a photo by herself bc I was in love with her fall/Clemson outfit…I’ll link to the clothes ASAP :)

Also…Will and I kinda struggle with taking non-awkward, flattering photos sometimes haha ;) I’ll also link back to my jeans, boots, tee and necklace as well for anyone interested - once I’m not on the road and have a better internet connection.

Don’t you love Laura’s “power pose” with the unicorn and rainbow beer?? Haha…love it. I think that beer is from Resident Culture in Charlotte (one of my favorite CLT breweries). It was so good to spend time with so many of my favorite people all in one day <3

And onto Sunday…Will’s family has season tickets for the Panthers so we went to the Panthers/Buccaneers game. Holy cow you guys - the Panthers set a record for points scored in the first half! It was 35-7 at halftime. What a great game and we had perfect football weather :) Good football, craft beer and a brat…I was a happy girl.

After the game, we went to spend some time with my friend Dana at her house in Madison Park. She made a delicious dinner (as always!) and it was the perfect cap off to a weekend filled with friends. Have I mentioned how much I just love Charlotte? :)

We were in St. Louis for less than 12 hours but we made sure to check out a cool brewery for dinner - 4 Hands Brewing Company was fantastic. I got a flight and loved 3 of the 4 beers (my faves were the Pumpkin CMS, Superflare Brett IPA and Divided Sky Rye IPA. Beer was great, atmosphere and vibe was chill and the food was delicious. Will’s favorite part was the free skee ball ;) We stayed at a super cute Airbnb in downtown St. Louis too. I’ll go back in and include links for everything later today or tomorrow when I have better internet.

Thanks for checking in friends. Send us safe travel vibes…and Boulder recommendations!

Big Love & Pura Vida <3