Taner mentioned that one of his favorite bands (Murder by Death) plays a show at the Staley Hotel every New Years week. I looked into tickets last year and found out that all shows were sold out but MBD was playing with one of our other favorite bands at Red Rocks during our birthday week. I snagged tickets as a surprise.
Taner has also always had a dream of owning a camper van. I recently discovered Outdoorsy--a site that's similar to Air BnB but for vehicles. I rented us a camper van for our trip and was ready for the weekend of a T's dreams (#bestwifeever).
Colorado was everything we had hoped for. The camper van (Bradley) was amazing. We spent most nights at Rocky Mountain National Park; it was great to wake up, open the back of the camper, and watch deer run by. Although Red Rocks isn't my favorite venue, having beers in Bradley before the show was amazing and an experience I definitely want to repeat.
Thinking about renting a camper? Bradley is an '86 VW. I love Volkswagens and vintage cars. He was dreamy but was hard to accelerate on those CO inclines. We also recommend packing lightly. We had to shift everything in the inside of the camper frequently and my big suitcase made it tricky.
Taner started a new job the day we got back (more on that later)--this trip was our last for awhile but was one of the best we've had. We'll see you as soon as we can, Colorado.