is a very beautiful place!
Well, Parker itself is kind of "eh," but what's IN Parker is what makes it really special...LIZ!!!
I finally made the trek out to CO to visit her, and the weekend was amazing.
First, her professors at her 24/7 medical school decided that they'd give her a weekend off from studying from her normal 18 exams on Monday mornings so that we could spend quality time together. Then, she told me I should fly all the way across the country for a 48 hour visit, and lastly I said "Hells Yea!!"
Liz was an amazing host all weekend. The first order of business was to see her school where she spends approximately 85 hours a day working in labs or lectures or studying. Then over the 2 days I was there we shopped on the promenade, we drove to the top of a mountain where the wind chill put us at about -15 degrees F, climbed on gigantic Red Rocks, had friends over and enjoyed a lovely dinner that Liz & I made, watched crazy people participating in a work-out boot-camp at a natural amphitheater, had a leisurely dinner of excellent Sushi, and of course took lots and lots of pictures!
Everywhere we went I was impressed by the expanse that is the landscape in that part of the country. The roads are bigger, the stores are bigger, the landscape is bigger, and the air is clearer. From the top of Pike's Peak Mountain you can see 4 different states! That's how clear the air is (and how high up we went, and yes it was scary!).
Colorado is very different from anywhere that I have seen before in its landscape and general atmosphere, however, I'm definitely an ocean girl! :)