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Golden Days

Recently at Walk Slowly, Live Wildly, I wrote about my desire to "blog without expectation". I want to stop blogging in the "right things" in the "right order" and just blog about LIFE. Life on the road is inspiring and amazing and I want to share that with you. But my perfectionism gets in the way and I start to think I can't blog this if I haven't blogged that, etc. I have blogs and photos I still haven't shared yet from Texas and the Midwest, but I have to let it go. I will eventually get to those...but right now I need to start living in the moment :-)

I also wrote about my new obsession with iPhone photography and how it's beginning to take over as my main source of capturing life. I have my iPhone with me all the time, so it's much easier to catch the little details that make up our nomadic experience. So without further ado, I bring you...Golden.

The "Welcome to Golden" sign has been there since 1949 and it brings a smile to my face every time I see it! It's SO bright and yummy.

This photo was taken from our balcony at the Table Mountain Inn. We came down with my parents and spent the night at this lovely establishment before we decided to move the RV down (thanks Groupon, you're awesome). We fell in love with Golden from this's small town feel and it's friendly people put it right up there as one of our favorite towns in the U.S. It feels very similar to Bozeman...and we adore Bozeman!

Our campground, Clear Creek RV Park, is right downtown...WHICH WE LOVE. It's so rare to find a campground that is so bikeable/walkable/loveable. It's less than a block from a large park and playground, the community center (with indoor waterpark), and the libary. With Matt taking the car to Boulder every day, we love being able to have all of those resources so close! (...a note to fellow travelers: to camp here, you need to call the morning you want to arrive at 7am to get on their "list". They will call you around 10:30am to let you know if you can get in. There is a two weeks in, one day out rule as well).

There are lovely trails connecting one balmy night we decided to ride the bikes to Starbucks for a quiet family night. We came around the last corner and saw the above scene. Wow! Buffalo Bill Days were in full swing and we had totally forgotten. Five blocks of downtown were blocked off for the festivities...and they continued all weekend long.

We had fun at the parade...and especially loved the bike club. So festive.

Table Mountain Inn has a nice patio, a fabulous happy hour, rockin' margaritas, and a beautiful view.


One of our favorite things in Golden is Clear Creek. This beautiful, fast-moving river runs through the heart of town, and passes right in front of our RV. It's so close that we could throw a rock to it from the RV...although we might hit one of the hundreds of tubers/kayakers that enjoy it daily. We can also watch paragliders sailing right above us...jumping off the foothills surrounding the park. Yes, it's amazing.

Mom and Dad have come out to visit twice in one month...and we've loved having them around! My brother Dan also flies in from Minneapolis quite a bit to check on his projects. He is so great with the girls...they love seeing him (and we do too!).

I'll definitely be posting more "snapshots" of our time in Golden...we're going on our 3rd week here and will probably stay for another 2 or 3. Lots to share!

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Reader Comments (20)

Golden is pretty swell. We went there in 2007 on our nationwide RV trip and it was quite nice! We didn't get to camp in golden though. That campground sounds really nice, being in proximity to everything.

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDelightfully Tacky

I love the iPhone. That is the same tool I use to record my daily life in photos. It is convenient, takes pretty good photos, and provides loads of variations.
Golden sounds and looks golden.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjr cline

Love how you capture these moments! We gave up our iphones for 24 hours and decided that you were right we'd go with less groceries and take back our phones :) I would love to hear your tips on taking photo's with the phone! Mine dont come out quite so lovely!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThat Crazy Family

I loved Golden when I was there in April! Especially the creek...the day I was there, we got to watch some people in their kyaks, it was neat! If you can, try the Nepali restaurant is so good!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

You guys find some pretty amazing places!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter~Tara

Any thoughts on having another potluck while you're here?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I read your post this morning and I appreciate a very much needed reminder to be authentic to who you are and what you feel. I too hope you will consider another potluck in Colorado. So bummed we missed your last one.

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Can't wait, we are headed to Colorado the week of labor day and Golden is one of our stops. Never been. I'm loving these pics:-)

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

So glad you just jumped in where you are. It's so fun to see life through your eyes and even live it a bit vicariously. Any post from you is a good one and I always look forward to them. Which direction do you all head from Golden?

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I struggle with the same thing... holding back on writing in the moment because I haven't covered other things that seem important. It winds up creating quite a bottleneck of posts inside of me. I've been working on overcoming that and honoring the writer in me.

Y'all are so close (one state) yet so far away!

Maybe we'll stop by when we finally hit the road again. It's hard letting go of Taos, but I think it may be time.

Thanks for the inspiration.


August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCage Free Family

You are an inspiration. I mentioned you in a post today on my blog:

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

What a small world, my Mom was just in Golden visiting my Great Aunt this past week. It has been ages since I have been there, but you reminded me of how beautiful it is and we definitely have to get back soon. The Clear Creek RV Park sounds beautiful, we'll be sure to stay there, thanks for the heads up! You'll have to check out the Billy Drew Bridge, it is named after my Great-Grandfather. And, I believe they are having fireworks for their Music in the Park series tomorrow, Friday, August 6th. Enjoy your stay! And, hope to catch up soon!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangela

I would love if you put some tips on taking pics with an iphone....sounds so simple! Do you do any editing with them? What do you use to post them up in those cute boxes??? Glad you are aiming to be more transparent - one of these real life posts can inspire more than 10 perfectly put together posts!! Be blessed...

August 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterM

I have never heard of this town- it looks amazing!

We are in day 2 of our life on the road. Day 1 gave us a bit of trouble- 2 blown tires on the RV! We are eager to get all that settled this morning and move on!

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermandi

Hi! or Aloha :)

I came across your blog Happy Foody and was aromatically inspired! I have started to make and play your green smoothies, using your suggestions as my baseline. I then was interested in your other blogs and have yet to fully explore them all....

I am a college student studying environmental studies (ENVS) and the University of Oregon, from the island of Maui in Hawaii where I was born and raised. Seeing as how I am an ENVS student -yet considering myself a student in every aspect of life- I am interested in 1) you thoughts on your (and your families) impact on the environment other than the choices you make with food and 2) in reference to this post, your thoughts on technologies... ie- some people argue that technology blurs our vision of what is really important in life: eating healthy, environmental &social justice, family, etc. .... do you ever feel that your ties to technology through blogging or using an iphone for example, comes in the way of connecting to the non-material aspects of life?

Please get back to me when you have time (I'll most likely e-mail you as well, not sure which you are more inclined to respond to)


August 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassidy

hello there!
so my iphone is in the mail on it's way to me. one of the reasons i really wanted it is because with 3 kids, lugging around the rebel digital slr has been heavy and also risky. beaches, rivers, mountains...etc....i love that camera and how it has brought me into photography, but to capture the every day of my girls, i need something little.

so my questions!!!
do you process the iphone photos?
what apps, if any do you use? are apps free? wher do you get them? (can you tell how LOW tech i am!, i dont even process my rebel photos....a little lightroom once in a while to balance things, but no photoshop...that program intimidates me so!)

sending love...came to you thru denise long ago. i always get hungry for good food and the road after visiting your blogs!


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