When I lived in California, I was fortune enough to meet a group of ladies who have a very special place in my heart. My first year there, with really no friends, a co-worker (now one of my favorite people in the world) asked me if I wanted to go on a wine tasting trip in Napa over President's Day weekend. Jaye was already planning to visit me, so asked if she could come and of course it wasn't a problem. So that weekend, myself and thees lovely ladies took a limo and went gallivanting around Napa, drinking wine, eating cheese, and dancing around like no one was watching. Turns our after that trip, I made some pretty great friends.
The next year came and we decided to do it again -- and Wineaversary was born. Every year after that we planned for President's Day weekend to be our annual wine trip up until last year, when I moved back to Colorado. We have such great memories of those days and got to explore Napa, Sonoma, Livermore, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa wine countries. Needless to say, this year I was sad I wasn't in California getting the girls together for our trip again.
So Jaye and I got to talking and decided we needed to keep the weekend tradition alive, but tweek it a bit. It would still a girls weekend - but only the two of us this time. We both have state park passes so we did some research and booked a bare bones cabin in Eagle, Colorado. We packed our snowshoes and made plans for next adventure. We made lists, meal plans, and brought games, crafts, and books to pass the time. We were on our way.
Sylvan Lake State Park was where we called home for two nights. It is about 2 1/2 hours from Denver. There is a lake, hence the name, and several camp grounds and cabins nearby. We had no cell phone service and it felt so good to disconnect.
It turned out great!! It was basically winter camping, but in a cabin. Like I said, the cabin was bare bones, but it had everything we needed. There was an adorable gas fireplace that heated everything nicely. There were two bunk beds with mattresses (we brought sleeping bags and pillows) and a large picnic table inside. The cabin says it fits 6, but 4 would be max since it is a small space.
We made plans to split up our meals - I did breakfasts and lunches and Jaye was in charge of happy hour and dinners. I also made cookies - cause duh. Ya need 'em. We didn't know if a camp fire was going to work since it was snowy, so I packed my camp stove, which worked out so great. We both love good food and drinks, so we prepared well for our meals.
We spent time hiking around the lake, which was only about 1 1/2 miles long and the second day, we went on a longer snow shoe hike that ended up being about 5 miles rounds trip. It was straight up in elevation, which was a challenge in the snow, but it was so quiet and peaceful out there. It was a blue bird day and it was warm enough where I was hiking in just my fleece and running tights.
We got back to the cabin after our hike and the wind picked up to nearly blow us away and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees! We cranked the heat up, made some grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch (with fresh bread I might add), and mixed up some cozy Bloody Mary's. We read, we napped, then we got up to eat all over again - I mean you can't ask for a better combination of actives if I do say so myself. Eating, drinking, being a little active, and a little lazy - it makes for a great weekend getaway. And a lovely new tradition!