Aloha! I just got back from beautiful Boulder, Colorado where I attended Blend Retreat 2015. I’ve always wanted to visit Boulder and this weekend was the perfect chance. I almost didn’t go to Blend because I’m trying to save money for my big move to Kauai. But I’m so glad I changed my mind and went anyway. I was told the weather in Boulder was not cooperating, but I have no complaints. A little rain never hurts, and I’m just happy it didn’t snow. The event took place at Chautauqua Park, which reminded me of a sleep-away camp that I attended in 5th grade.
I hitched a ride with Kate and was able to chat with Giselle, Aly, and Colby on the way from the Denver Airport to Boulder. We arrived at Chautauqua, snagged our swag bags, checked in, and made some granola for the trail run. Kate, Giselle, and I opted to walk on our own little path instead.
Friday nights at Blend mean cocktail hour and dinner. I didn’t take any pictures of the food this year so you will just have to take my word for it that this was the best food I’ve had in all my three years of attending Blend. I am currently loving Sizzlefish for providing us with the tastiest appetizers. Also, that beef with chimichurri sauce was on point. I’m going to have to make my own version of chimichurri sauce in my Vitamix one of these days.
After dinner, my cabin mates and I went back to our cabin and got to know each other better. We crashed kind of early and I was totally okay with that.
We were up early Saturday morning for Gnarly boot camp led by Kindal. I couldn’t make it through the entire workout. I felt so lame sitting out, but the altitude and lack of water the previous day made me feel extra lightheaded. I’m not used to working out at high altitudes. My workouts are mostly done at sea level. But lesson learned. If you’re going to workout in the mile high city, stay hydrated!
We had breakfast and a hike was to follow. However, bootcamp was kind of rough so Kate had the idea of checking out the Boulder Farmer’s Market. Julie thought this was a great idea too so off to Pearl Street we went. I tried some delicious walnut butter, bought a carnitas pupusa from a food truck, and fed a bear. You know, usual Saturday morning shenanigans.
And of course, we had to check out Alfalfa’s Market because we don’t have these in California. I thought it looked exactly like Whole Foods (especially the bulk section). But the girl at the register assured me that they were not part of that “horrible monopoly”. Either way, we got what we came for. Julie needed eggs and butter to make some Simple Mills chocolate chip cookies.
We headed back to Chautauqua so Julie could make her cookies. If you remember my Expo West post from my old blog (that I deleted), then you will remember that Simple Mills was one of my favorite Expo West discoveries. Julie felt the same way and asked the kind people of Simple Mills to share some product with her. In turn, she shared some with me. I can’t wait to make my “paleo friendly” cookies and pumpkin muffins.
We’re always on our own on Saturday afternoons at Blend. They give us this free time to hang out and explore the city. Kate and I stayed together and recruited Megan and Brooke to come check out the Celestial Seasonings factory tour with us. Definitely something to do if you’re ever in Boulder.
Another thing to do in Boulder is check out beer fests. After we left the tea factory, we headed over the Upslope Brewing Company for their Get Down music and beer fest. We saw some questionable characters (fanny-pack man and hoola hoop girl) and more food trucks but opted to head back to Pearl street to check out the food scene there instead.
When we were walking around Pearl Street looking for restaurants, we ran into Nicole, Jayne, and Erika but ended up going out for Mexican food while they went to another, more fancy place. I don’t remember the name of the place in which we ate, but it was good. I had a chicken fajita, which is usually my go-to Mexican restaurant choice.
After dinner, we walked back to the car in the rain and tried to find some wine at a liquor store. Then we went back to Kate’s cabin and hung out some more. Katie joined us.
I skipped out on yoga this morning. I wish I knew about the alternative rogue hike before Laura and the others left, but I didn’t see the post in time. So Tedi and I just hung out on the front lawn, watched the yoga group, and enjoyed the view of the Boulder flatirons.
Before I knew it, it was time to leave for the airport. Megan drove me and we got to chat about how she used to work in my hometown. She lost a good chunk of weight power-walking the strand that’s a block away from my current apartment. So I am sure that Megan and I must have passed one another in the past while walking on the strand. It was great meeting her and everyone else.
I’m so thankful for all of the hard work that Lindsay, Janetha, and Lauren put in to make this weekend so awesome. Also, this weekend would not have been what it was without the great sponsors (Quest, Marley Coffee, Justin’s, etc…). I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to Blend 2016, but I’m going to try. If you are on the fence about attending Blend, I highly suggest you check it out. It’s always good to have Blends.