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Happy New Year...just a little late

AdventuresMegan WhitsonComment

Happy New Year friends…and happy February! Sorry for being MIA for all of January - life has been wonderful and super busy since starting the new year. I do want to recap my awesome New Years adventures in Denver for you!

I had the absolute best time spending a long weekend over New Years in Denver, CO. I was able to find a really affordable flight from SLC to Denver. I stayed with my friends Kelly and Mike in Northglenn - they were amazing hosts and there was no shortage of amazing food (shout to to Kelly for the BEST charcuterie boards ever) and drinks throughout the long weekend. Kelly and Mike are actually new friends (Mike is my best friend Dana’s cousin) and man, it makes me so happy to meet cool people that I know I will continue to be friend with for a long time. They both exude positive energy and were so welcoming and kind to everyone who came into their home - they cultivate good vibes, which I am all about :)

I’m so thankful to have brought in the new year with new friends and old - there was no shortage of laughter and love. What a beautiful end and beginning <3

I flew in on Friday night and hung out with Kelly and Mike enjoying some local beers and having great conversation. We had a chill Saturday and ran a few errands around Northglenn getting ready for our pre-party for String Cheese Incident. They played a 3 night run (Dec. 28, 29 and 31) at 1STBANK Center right outside of Denver. We didn’t go to the 1st show but we went to the shows on the 29th and 31st … HOLY COW you guys - AH-MAZING. Saturday night’s show made me that much more excited for the true New Years show :)

On Sunday morning, I picked Will up from the airport (he flew in from Charlotte) and then we all went to brunch together at Kachina Southwestern Grill <— HIGHLY recommend. Super cool vibes and the food was absolutely delicious. Will and I split the smoked salmon bagel to start and then I had the Cooky’s Breakfast Bowl with Mexican pork green chile, pica de gallo, breakfast potatoes and over easy eggs. It was so fresh and flavorful … I am a big fan of any and all brunch spots - especially those that have bottomless mimosas ;)

After breakfast, we came back to the house to watch the some Sunday football and then we headed to RiNo (River North Art District of Denver). Other than the shows, I think this was my favorite part of the trip - there were so many cool restaurants, breweries, shops and awesome street art. I could have spent all day wandering around and admiring all of the street art. We went to several breweries and I was pleasantly surprised and stoked to find out that O’Dell’s now had a Denver location :)

O’Dell’s was excellent (as always); we also went to Ratio Beerworks (the art work inside and out was INCREDIBLE) and OMF (Our Mutual Friend). I was really impressed with all of the beers that I had while we were out. Despite it being pretty chilly, the entire RiNo area was beautiful and the people were all really friendly.

We crashed early and hard after our mid-day brewery hopping. On New Years Eve, Will, Dana and I went to Atomic Cowboy for some absolutely BOMB breakfast biscuits - it was frigid and dumping snow out, so we stayed in after that. We had to save up our energy for some major SCI jammin’ that night. The String Cheese NYE show was nothing short of spectacular. The energy in the stadium was amazing and it was awesome ringing in 2019 with thousands of new friends ;) This was the best Cheese show I’ve ever been to - and that is saying something haha. They never disappoint…the light show, floating dolphins, huge bouncing balls and acrobatics were definitely next level.

We all spent New Years Day lounging at Kelly and Mike’s before we all caught late flights back out. Will flew back to SLC with me and Dana headed home to Charlotte. January was jammed pack with adventures and work with finishing up my 3rd clinical rotation. I’ll try to pop in soon to share a few more updates from my January travels (it included a few weekend trips and lots of weekend visitors)!

Thanks for reading. It’s hard to blog consistency right now because of my work schedule, boards studying and residency applications. My goal is to try to still have 1-2 new posts per month during this super busy season of life. As always, much love and Pura Vida <3