Saturday, July 14, 2012


Back from a wonderful week of vacation in Colorado. Loved running outside to this view. Michigan has fantastic beaches, but there's also something quite amazing about seeing the mountains when you step outside. 

Dave made homemade bread during our vacation, which was delicious with homemade black bean vegan chili (recipe to come). Homemade bread puts the bagged stuff to shame, seriously. 

We drove around Rocky Mountain National Park, and I was able to snap this shot with my iphone-the picture doesn't really do it incredibly beautiful. I'm definitely jealous of all the sunshine and lack of humidity in CO. I can definitely understand why exercise is more popular on the west side of the country.

We also got to do some hiking, which was a lot of fun and again provided some amazing views. Dave's brother assured us that we were better off going as early as possible, and he was right. As we were coming back down the trail, tons of hikers were just starting the upward trek.

We took a trail to Lake Haiyaha and might have had a contest to see how long we could put our hands in the lake...which was quickly abandoned when we realized the water's degree of coldness. Let's just say noone went swimming. 

Vacation was wonderful, but it's back to the grind on Monday. I think I realized how much I appreciate being out of routine for a bit, although I'm generally most comfortable when I'm settled into one. Being away made me long for a little more adventure and spontaneity. We'll see how that shakes out...

I started making a grocery list on the plane ride back in anticipation of a crazy (and hot) week in Grand Rapids. After a quick trip to the grocery store, I made this lentil salad (recipe here), which I prefer in wraps vs on its own. The key is stopping the cooking process before the lentils become mushy. This is my second time making this salad, and I still didn't get it quite right. The flavor is also much better if you mix and chill in the fridge before eating.

The rest of the weekend will be busy: a quinceaƱera and Andrew Bird concert!

What are you doing this weekend? When was the last time you took a vacation?


  1. Ive always wanted to visit the Grand Rapids - your photos are beautiful! x

  2. Glad you had fun in Colorado, Emily! I would love to go back there one day (and so would Nick, so that's on our list!).
    The lentil salad sounds delicious. I don't do lentils very often (or ever, really) but I should. I just got a slow cooker and I'm going to use it to cook beans for the FIRST TIME this weekend!

  3. Colorado is so pretty! Great vacation spot...and homemade bread is always nice. :)

  4. Looks like a great vacation! Any vacation that includes some hiking in beautiful nature is a winner in my book!

    The bread and chili sounds yummy!

  5. Wow, even with the iPhone photos, it still looks like really breathtaking scenery! Glad you had a great time and got out of the routine. I'm the same way--I crave routine but appreciate breaks every now and then.

  6. I agree with Mica -- that shot of the mountains is absolutely gorgeous! Did you feel so, so tiny? Mountains always remind me how great and big this world of ours is!

    I hope you enjoyed Andrew Bird! I saw him a few years ago and it's still one of my favorite shows to date.

  7. Looks like a greaaaat vacation! Really lovely photos.

  8. gosh i love colorado! looks like an amazing trip!

  9. I call CO home....I love it and miss it dearly, although I hear it is HOT lately....but hiking in CO is my favorite. The trails are super amazing...and great beer when you are finished. Hope you feel rejuvenated.

    Hope you love the concert, I am jealous! Love Andrew....

    and a guy that makes homemade bread? Score!

  10. love CO and wow your guy is a keeper and a fellow foodie love it :-) have a fab weekend

  11. Oh my goodness, what a huge adventure! And ANDREW BIRD!! I seriously love that man.

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