Jess Goes West

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Jess Goes West

Until this summer, the furthest Jess had been was Texas. Although she didn’t make it all the way to the west coast, she did knock three rocky mountain states off her list. In two whirlwind trips she visited Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Jess loves her Maine summers, but being away was worth it.

Both trips were a whirlwind. In July Jess and fam logged 1,000 miles between Montana and Wyoming in just a couple days. Home base was Bozeman, a friendly and funky city just next to the famed ski destination, Big Sky. Two day trips to Yellowstone in Wyoming delivered awe-inspiring views of several hot springs, a couple buffalo crossings, several elk sightings and a swim in mother nature’s hot tub on the side of the boiling river.

Photos from Montana and Yellowstone in Wyoming

In September, Jess and husband, Adam jetted off to Boulder, CO for a beautiful mountain wedding. Nestled at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a fun and funky college town with a ton of great breweries – most of which Jess and Adam managed to tour by bike. The two didn’t waste a day – they hiked over the continental divide at Loveland Pass, caught a sunrise over Boulder, hiked to 8,000+ feet and almost met a mountain lion. To top it off: a swim in a spring fed pool at the base of a mountain. The pool was pretty wild – built in 1910 as part of a resort community referred to as the Coney Island of the west. The Eldorado Springs Pool was once the largest pool in the U.S. and it hasn’t changed much, for the better.

Photos from Boulder, CO

Next on Jess’s list? Northern, CA. Word on the street is the wine is pretty good there.