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7.23.2015

NOT A NATIVE | OLD COLOARDO CITY


Last month I started a new series called "Not a Native" that is a way of documenting my adventures in this new city and state of mine. If you missed the inspiration for this series, here's a quick recap: There is a bumper sticker you will more than likely see if you happen to drive through Colorado. It has green mountains with white lettering that says "native". People are proud to be from this state. I get it. I love my home state too. There's another bumper sticker you'll see that is almost identical, and it says "not a native, but I got here as fast as I could!" That's me. ;) Not a native, but so happy to be here and incredibly eager to explore as much of Colorado as I can. So there you go, the inspiration for my new adventure series.

To me, adventures don't necessarily have to mean exploring the mountains and forests of the wild, wild west (although I do love those kinds of adventures), but they can also mean trying out a new restaurant, or learning your way around downtown, or checking out a new-to-you coffee shop. Each of those things hold a little bit of adventure. A few weeks ago, we headed to Old Colorado City for the morning to grab coffee, hit up the farmer's market, and go wherever the day might take us.




This little part of town has so much character and history. It feels old and important in so many different ways. In 1859, the original settlement, which was the eastern entrance through the mountains on your journey west, was renamed Colorado City and became the very first permanent town in the Pikes Peak area. Pretty cool, right?

Old Colorado City is one of my favorite spots to walk around, grab coffee at Jives Coffee Lounge, and stop in at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. One caramel apple for my best friend and me? Yes, please. #nomnomnom









Where are some of your favorite spots to explore in your city or state? Are you from Colorado? Leave me a comment with some suggested locations to explore! :) Stay tuned for more of my adventures in the "Not a Native" series as I continue to explore this new city and home.

11 comments:

Erica Wagenhauser said...

I have been to there a few times. It is super cute! I love Colorado. My husband and I lived in Montana for 5 years and now live in Seattle. There are lots of adventures to be had! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from The Peony Project!
-Cheers

Lisa said...

I just booked a trip to Colorado over Labor Day and I'm psyched because I've never been there in the summer! It's awesome that you're able to explore new places that are now home and that you had the courage to move so far away from what was familiar! -- Lisa | Two Martinis

Daisy @ Simplicity Relished said...

What a pretty, breezy day! That apple looks yummy too. I love that you're being intentional about exploring your new city, Meg!

Elizabeth Mayberry said...

I love the one with your hand over your heart. "oh my heart" - just your southern pose ;)

Monica said...

Adventure for me always involves food to some degree :) I love the idea of your "not a native" series. I'm in New Mexico so a road trip up to Colorado isn't too difficult!

Adriana Renee said...

I love looking at places that people never think of going to! This looks so pretty! I'm from California so there's always something new to explore, but little towns have my heart.

Sarah Potts said...

This is so fun! Colorado is such a pretty place to explore. But as someone who really is a "native" to anywhere, because I've moved so much... I've learned how much I love to explore new cities and find all the cute, lovely, and local places!

Julie // A Modest Vessel said...

If I could get to Colorado, I would proudly don that bumper sticker! It is such a beautiful state. Thank you for this post to remind us to enjoy exploring our own states- I'm from Oklahoma, and it certainly has it's own beauty and the most gorgeous sunsets over the prairie!

Amy said...

oh yummm
i love any and all chocolate covered fruit! :) yum yum yum
also, i love these pics and this series and your fabulous adventures!

allisonramsing said...

love this series! and that apple looks incredible!

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