My close friend, Lauren, and myself had been planning on visiting our college friends out in Colorado for quite some time! We are both in periods of transition, so we figured now was the most opportune time to head out to the mountains. There's a crew of Hope College alumni who teach out in Colorado Springs and are truly the best.
Lauren flew into Chicago from Boston so we could watch Game 5 of the World Series in the city (!!!!) before heading out to Colorado. It was such an incredibly fun time to be there, and as a life-long Cubs fan, was the absolute best way to start a vacation. The shock of the series has still not worn off, and I hope it never does. AH!
The day before we were flying out to Denver, we decided to cancel our flights and take a train to Colorado. Yes, it's true. Fifteen hours on an overnight train, we arrived in Denver Union Station at 7:15am the next morning. Lauren and I had always wanted to take a long train ride so... voila!
Our hostess', Courtney and Mer, had to work during the week so Lauren and I explored the Springs as a duet on Thursday and Friday. We went to Garden of the Gods both mornings-- we could not get enough of this view! Walking, jogging, Barre3, you name it-- we did it in the Gardens. I think it was my favorite spot on the trip.
Once Saturday arrived, we were able to get a group together for a hike up Mt. Cutler. Our friend Mackenzie and her girlfriend Jessie made the trek from Denver, and Courtney and Mer blocked off the whole weekend to hangout. We spent the majority of Saturday hiking with the most incredible views, and ended the day with snacks from Walgreens and playing "Would you rather". Apparently still college kids at heart.
On Sunday Lauren and I had the privilege of visiting Courtney and Mer's church which was so, so special. We would attend evening church services together while in college, so it felt a bit like coming home. Everyone there was welcoming, authentic, and held an obvious love for the Lord. Mer and Courtney prayed over us. We sang familiar songs. We saw other Hope alumni singing in the crowd of worshipers. Again, so special.
We loved every single moment of our trip, but above all, spending time with close friends and seeing their now-world was all we wanted. I'm thankful for sisters in Christ who challenge me, know me, and love me just as I am.