Estes Park Escape + RMNP Roaming

Some friends and I decided to get out of dodge and escape to the mountain town, Estes Park. A vacation before the holiday vacation? Yes, please. As we all piled into my friend's 4Runner, I snagged the window seat, lucking out to score some unobstructed mountain views. 

The winding mountain roads were accompanied by sweet conversation and laughter. And as we traded the cozy Denver air for chilly mountain air, my spirits were filled as I recalled one of my favorite quotes:

"We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything."

And that's exactly what happened. 

Even though Estes Park is a hop skip and a jump from Denver (more like an hour and a half), life seemed to slow down and we all operated on minimalism. We let experiences occupy our attention and let the wilderness cradle us. Our time was spent soaking in the hot tub, riding horses in the mountains, wandering the trails of RMNP, going on a spooky tour of the Stanley Hotel, and staying up late with the lights turned off just gabbing away. These are the little moments I live for. 

I returned to Denver with a newfound appreciation of traveling with others. Being an extraordinary introvert, I love and seek solo travel. But sharing experiences with a group of likeminded people is the change I came home with- and that's a beautiful thing.