Vail, Colorado

July 4, 2016

This week in Colorado, I stayed in Vail, CO. This place reminds me of a European village because everything is scrunched together and has a community feel.

My first day I spent hiking. Hiking is a great activity to see nature and breathe in the mountain air. The trail I took was called Berry Picker; a windy steep trail that curls up the mountain. The first mile was a little tough. I had to get used to the altitude and less oxygen. When I focused on my breathe and the flowers around me, everything balanced out.

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During the hike, a beautiful stream fell down the mountain. Because of the massive amount of snow from this winter, the stream was flowing fast. I could hear the splashing all throughout the hike.The water was also cold, which was very refreshing in the warm weather.

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There were also tons of flowers all over the place. It was gorgeous!Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.53.07 PM

Once I reached the top, the view was stunning! The mountain Mount of the Holy Cross, the snow was still sticking to the peak and I was able to see the cross. (It’s the highest peak, kinda hard to see here) Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 10.52.49 PM

Another day I played indoor tennis with my mom and sister at the Aria Athletic Club and Spa in the Cascade Village. The courts were clean and we had access to a lot of balls.

That afternoon I also took a walk in the village and spent some time at the library and ice rink. I would definitely recommend the free skate; it wasn’t crowded and we got the rink for an hour and a half. It is also affordable, about $9 including skate rentals.

The library is a great place to relax, use the computer, and browse the books. They have tons of options to choose from. I took some time to read and chill here.

On the last day before I left, an art festival spread throughout the village. The pieces were so pretty! I got to see pottery, paintings, and photography. Here are some pictures I snagged.

 

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This piece is called “Sunrise Before the Storm”

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This was photographed by Jason Pavaloni.

Overall, I would definitely recommend Vail, CO to anyone in the area. It is a wonderful mountain village that I can’t wait to come back to. Let me know your experiences there and what you love about Vail!

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