So this one isn’t about wedding planning, but you’ve got to have some fun mixed in right?! In honor of our -1 anniversary, I took Doug on a surprise trip a few days ago. I impressed myself by actually keeping the secret for almost two weeks. There were a few moments where I wanted to tell, but I stayed strong and resisted the temptation (now if only I could do that with sweets)! He had to work the night before we were leaving, so I didn’t even have to blindfold him on the drive because he slept in the backseat the whole time. For those of you who have been on a road trip with Doug before this will come as no surprise. He was still sleeping when we arrived, so when I finally parked the car he woke up confused and trying to figure out where exactly where we were. The woods around us weren’t giving much away, but I made him guess and he eventually got it right. We were in Breckenridge! My parents have been to Breckenridge before and have told me how beautiful it is, so I thought it would be the perfect place for a quick 2 day getaway.
First on our agenda was to hike the Spruce Creek Trail to the Mohawk Lakes. If you ever find yourself in Breckenridge, I highly recommend it! It is about a 6 mile hike with a little over a 1,000 ft elevation gain, and trust me your lungs can feel it (Breckenridge is 9600 ft above sea level to begin with). The first couple miles consist mostly of wooded and alpine scenery, but the last portion is where the real beauty is. The trail leads by the Continental Falls out to two lakes, Lower Mohawk Lake and Upper Mohawk Lake. We took a slight, partially accidental detour off the trail to get a better view of the falls and ended up doing a little bit of beginner rock climbing up the side of the falls. Not the intended trail, but more authentic and fun. By the time we reached the upper lake we were definitely ready for some lunch. The view was absolutely beautiful, so we found ourselves a good spot and sat down for a picnic lunch. About halfway through our lunch some friends decided to join us. Apparently the mountain goats felt we were invading their territory and weren’t too happy about it, so we wandered to a new spot on the other side of the lake. We sat up there for a while and enjoyed the view, it was unbelievable. Eventually we found the strength to get up and make the trek back our car. Before heading back to our hotel, we made a pit stop at Breckenridge Brewery to have some well deserved beers and dinner. After getting our bellies full we went to our hotel, The Lodge at Breckenridge, which is nestled up in the mountains only about 5 minutes from Main St. and has amazing mountain views. We shared champagne that we brought along with us from home before passing out from our exhausting day. We spent the next day walking along Main St. The street is full of shops, restaurants and bars and it is one of the cutest little places I have ever seen. We also visited Broken Compass Brewery and had some drinks and played a few games, then spent the rest of the afternoon browsing the shops and eating delicious food along the way. I wasn’t ready to leave! Seeing the town made me excited to be spending part of the winter in Colorado, I can’t wait to go back for a ski trip!
We had a wonderful time and enjoyed being surrounded by the Rocky Mountains celebrating our future. One year from now we’ll be on our honeymoon! The mountains sure are beautiful, but we will most definitely be on the beach for that!