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I am a Denver-based writer, travel lover, and author of The Drive North and Destination Paranormal. I have several other books in the works, including fiction.

The Week of Anna

The view as we drive up Mt. Evans, a detour en route to Steamboat Springs

The view as we drive up Mt. Evans, a detour en route to Steamboat Springs

Didn’t you get the memo? This is the week of Anna. As in my puppy. Yes. We declared it to be her week a few months ago. In order to celebrate appropriately, I took the week off from work to get to all we have planned.

The week started this past Saturday with a trip up to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Sheraton in Steamboat Springs got the memo it was her week, because they hosted the two of us and some friends for the weekend. We had a fantastic time hiking in their backyard – as in to the top of the ski hill – and a few other places in the area. That was our first trip there and we definitely want to go back to see more, since it looks like this could be our new favorite city in Colorado.

The view atop the ski mountain, the Sheraton down below

The view atop the ski mountain, the Sheraton down below

When we left yesterday morning, instead of heading directly back to Denver we continued west on U.S. Highway 40. Isn’t that the exact opposite direction, though, from Denver? Well, yes, that’s true, but the Ride the Rockies bicycle event closed off the highway between Steamboat and Denver so we had little choice but to take the scenic route. It was worth it, too.

Never before had I been to the northwest part of the state, so I wanted to at least take a quick drive through so I could say I’ve been there for nothing more than posterity. We broke up the drive by stopping for a few short hikes, ending with the Maroon Bells in Aspen. It’s just as stunning as you may have seen in all the photographs. Anna thought so, too.

Anna at the Maroon Bells near Aspen

Anna at the Maroon Bells near Aspen

So that was the weekend. What does the rest of The Week of Anna entail? Beyond a few projects around the house, we have a couple of more hikes in the works, some serious time at the dog park, and a first since I got her: a bath. Anna has short hair that usually wipes clean with a washcloth and a brush, but we worked up such a sweat hiking this past weekend that it’s time to pretty her up a bit more.

Me and Anna at the Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

Me and Anna at the Fish Creek Falls in Steamboat Springs

Amongst all of this running around celebrating, Anna will also have plenty of time to rest. In addition to everything with her, I have plans to hit the Denver Public Library’s used book sale, the Colorado Renaissance Festival, and more than a few hours in front of the computer doing some writing and editing. It all ends, though, with a day of rest. That’s right, Sunday will be spent doing nothing more than bumming around, reading, and watching some World Cup.

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