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Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

I absolutely love my home state of Colorado and I think that if you’ve never been to the Centennial State, you should make an effort to stop by sometime. Living here my entire life, I would say that I’m comfortable giving suggestions on what you should come do.

10. The Cherry Creek Mall. The Cherry Creek area of Denver is definitely a more upscale area and it’s always fun to wander around the Cherry Creek Mall. They’ve got a variety of great stores to shop at and some really great food places at the mall and around it. If you get a chance to, you should definitely stop at the Cherry Cricket. They’ve got great burgers and it’s an iconic restaurant in the area.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

9.  Butterfly Pavilion. If you enjoy seeing bugs and being around them, this is a great place to visit. The Butterfly Pavilion has a large variety of creepy crawlies and cool little bugs for all to see. You can even pet and hold Rosie the Tarantula if you want to. I think the coolest part of the Butterfly Pavilion is the big pavilion where all of the butterflies are actually held. You get to walk into this giant room and you’re surrounded by butterflies. Just be careful not to step on one! They’re literally everywhere.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

8. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I’m going to be honest here and let you know that I have yet to go to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, but I’ve had enough friends go to tell me that it’s a great zoo. I’ve heard the exhibits are great and you even get to feed giraffes if you want! That would be a lot of fun.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

7.Red Rocks. Red Rocks is another beautiful place to visit in Colorado. Concerts are held at Red Rocks frequently and in the mornings they even have work-out sessions and yoga sessions if you’re interested. Sometimes, I’m pretty sure they even have movie nights at Red Rocks. Red Rocks is one of the most stunning venues in Colorado and I highly recommend seeing a concert of some sort here.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

6. Mesa Verde. I haven’t been to Mesa Verde in a long time but the last time I went, my family and I had a blast. Mesa Verde is a national park and it was the former home of the Anasazi Indians. They built beautiful structures and homes into the rock and what’s left of them is absolutely amazing. Mesa Verde is a place that does require a lot of hiking and even climbing so I would recommend bringing your good walking shoes here. The views are breathtaking and I think you’ll be impressed with all that Mesa Verde has to offer.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

5. Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. As a child, I spent hours on end at both of these places and with them being right next to each other, I felt like they had to be a package deal. The zoo is AWESOME. Not too long ago, they added an Asian tropics complex which is now home to the elephants and several other animals. In the past few months, they also added a sweet new tiger exhibit. Our zoo has a lot to see and exploring the zoo is a fun way to spend the day. The Museum of Nature and Science is also a lot of fun with a variety of exhibits ranging from dinosaur bones to a bunch of animal exhibits to a fun health and discovery zone and much more. Every so often we have special exhibits which travel around the nation and those are a lot of fun to go through. In the past we’ve had special exhibits on the Mongols and Genghis Khan, the Mayans, pirates, and most recently Vikings.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

4. The Denver Botanic Gardens. There’s a lot of pretty places in Colorado and I would say this is one of the prettiest. The botanic gardens are home to a HUGE variety of plants and exhibits. The gardens are all gorgeous and this is a fun place to relax and take a scenic walk. I think the rainforest dome and building is the coolest, partially because some of the plants are so big plus there’s a cool tree house to scope out the area.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

3. The Denver Center for Performing Arts. The Center for Performing Arts hosts a variety of shows from big shows off of Broadway to symphonies to operas and also ballets. The complex is beautiful and the theaters themselves are pretty as well. Definitely see a show if you come to Denver.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

2. Boulder, the Flatirons, and the Pearl Street Mall. Ok, Boulder can get a little weird, I’m gonna warn you. For the most part, Boulder is pretty great though. I would recommend spending time walking around the Pearl Street Mall which has a good variety of shops and places to grab some food or a sweet dessert, like the Cheesecake Factory. Boulder is a beautiful city in that our mountains are literally right by Boulder and the view is absolutely gorgeous. If you have time while in Boulder, you should try and squeeze in a hike to Chautauqua Park which is absolutely beautiful.

Top Ten Things to Do in Colorado

  1. Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is the most amazing park in the state of Colorado, well at least in my opinion. The landscape is beautiful and the rocks themselves are magnificent and gorgeous. I would recommend walking throughout the park and if you do this, make sure to bring lots of water, good walking shoes, and a jacket, just in case the weather takes a turn. Also, bring your camera or phone to take plenty of pictures, because you’ll definitely want to take pictures.

 

Truly, this is just the tip of the iceberg in all that you can do if you visit Colorado. If you’re interested, you could also visit the Capitol building, Mile High Stadium, Coors Field, and really the list goes on. There’s so much to do in Colorado and I hope you come to see the beautiful Centennial State! 🙂

Get to Know Me

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I hope that you all have a great day hanging out with your dads. They deserve the day off. 🙂 I just realized that in my three years of blogging, I’ve never really told you all too much about me and my personal life, my likes and dislikes, and some of my favorites. Well, I guess that’s kind of what this blog is dedicated to, but still. Here’s some facts about me and now you get to know me!

I’m left-handed despite both of my parents being right-handed.

Get to Know Me I live in Colorado and absolutely love it.

I picked up a tennis racket for the first time when I was six months old.

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I used to tap dance competitively. I was also training for pointe in ballet until I hurt my foot. 🙁

My sister, who is a year-and-a-half younger than me, is my best friend.  I don’t know what I would do without her. XOXO

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I love hanging out with my family.

I hate oatmeal. The texture is disgusting.

Get to Know MePolar bears are my favorite animal.

My favorite color is like a pastel or icy blue.

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Winter is my favorite season.  I’m weird.

I love soft pretzels.

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When I was four, I told my parents I wanted to be a pirate.

I hate spiders and any bug that moves really fast.

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Weiner dogs are the best kinds of dogs to own, in my opinion.

I competed in a pageant called National American Miss for two years.

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I love student council and community service projects. Volunteering is also a lot of fun.

People tell me I’m mature for my age.

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I want to either become an orthopedic surgeon or orthodontist.

I can do a decent impression of Stitch from Lilo and Stitch and also Kristen Chenoweth.  I’m gonna cram two facts in one here and also say that I love Disney movies and really all things Disney.

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When I was seven, I really wanted to change my name from Ana to Sheridan. I really liked the name after watching a Bratz movie.

I finished my last semester of junior year with a 4.4 GPA. I should’ve finished with a 4.5, by I just couldn’t hold onto my A in calc…

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My poetry is mostly published. Yay! 🙂

I find crocheting challenging.

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My favorite flavor of ice cream is mint chocolate chip made by Tillamook. (That’s a brand.) 😉

I have a keychain collection and one of my goals in life is to visit all fifty states in the U.S. and collect one from each state. So far I’ve visited Colorado (duh), New Mexico, Florida, California, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. I haven’t been to Nevada or Ohio but I have keychains from there too. 😉 It’s not the greatest list but I’ll also be adding New York and Nebraska pretty soon.  I love travelling and I hope that’s something I get to do a lot of in my life.

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I hope you all have a great week and an awesome Father’s Day today. I hope you also enjoyed getting to learn some stuff about me. See you next week. 🙂

 

 

A Trip to Water World

Tons of sunscreen. Crazy kids. The smell of deep-fried twinkies. And of course a whole lot of water. Today, I went to Water World and my family and I had an absolute ball. Here’s how it went.

I had to work in the morning and as soon as I got off, my family and I packed our towels and swimsuits and headed to Water World which is maybe twenty minutes away from where I live. Convenient, right? Anyway, we got there around noon and it was great because the clouds overhead scared away most of the crowd. The lines for security and tickets were super short which made getting into the water park much easier. We also grabbed a tube valet pass which cost an additional $60 to our admission tickets, but they really are worth it. Tube valet at Water World is similar to the Fastpass at Disneyland, where you get to basically cut the rest of the line and get on the ride faster. Also, what’s nice about the tube valet is that you don’t have to haul the huge family tubes up the hills to get to specific rides. You get to pick up the tube at the top of the ride and then get on the ride shortly after. While the tube valet does cost more, I say it’s worth it. After doing all of that stuff, we then headed toward our favorite spot by the wave pool to set our stuff down.

A Trip to Water World

One of the really cool things about Water World is its ginormous wave pool. Every five or ten minutes, something triggers huge waves to start rolling in and everyone goes wild to get their inflatable tubes and attempt to stay afloat as the huge waves come crashing in. I’ve been in the wave pool a few times and it is pretty fun to swim around  in the deeper area where the waves really come crashing, but you REALLY, and I mean really have to be a good swimmer to keep up with the waves. I’ve got another story for another time about how my sister and I almost drowned in the wave pool, hahaha. So if you plan on going to Water World, and plan on hopping in the wave pool, be a good swimmer or at least be smart about where you put yourself when the waves start rolling in.

A Trip to Water World

Once we got into our swimsuits, we made the journey to my sister’s favorite ride, Lost River of the Pharaohs. It’s an ancient Egyptian themed ride and it’s pretty fun. There are some mild drops on it and a few big twists and turns, but overall, it’s a pretty chill ride. It was relaxing to get to sit in a tube surrounded by my family, enjoying a fun ride on a hot day.

A Trip to Water World

As the day moved on, we also went on several other water rides, two of which were Voyage to the Center of the Earth and Storm. These two are probably my favorite. Right off the bat, Voyage to the Center of the Earth had a steep drop and there were several others that occurred throughout the ride. The animatronics and cool scenes throughout the ride were fun and enjoyable to look at. I remember going to Water World when I was a few years younger, and I was absolutely terrified of all the dinosaurs and darkness in the ride, but going on it as a seventeen year old, it was quite fun. Unlike Lost River of the Pharaohs or Voyage to the Center of the Earth, the ride, Storm, didn’t have any animatronics or cool little settings to look at, it was just a super fast, twisty, and dark ride down a long, long enclosed tube. To really live up to it’s name, Storm, the ride incorporated some lightning and thunder and also dumped water on my family and I at the beginning and end. Fun times.

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Another memorable ride we went on was the Ragin’ Colorado River. Being from Colorado, I saw it fitting to go on this one, haha. This ride was designed to emulate the Colorado River and it was pretty fun. There were a lot of twists and turns and we definitely got wet on this one. This was one of the few rides we went on that didn’t take the tube valet, but it was okay, since we didn’t have to drag the tube too far uphill.

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When we felt like we had been soaked enough and were ready to go home, my family and I grabbed some funnel cakes (which are super good at Water World, by the way) and made our way home. Water World is a super fun water park and I recommend it for anyone who wants to do something fun in Colorado and escape the harsh summer sun. Definitely get the tube valet if you go, just to save yourself the struggle of taking the tube up to the ride you plan to go on, because trust me, it’s a looooong walk to the top of some of the rides. Bring lots of sunscreen, bring your own towel, and don’t forget to try the funnel cakes. It’s a lot of fun at Water World!

A Trip to Water World

A Murder Mystery Night

Last night, a couple of my friends and I plus our moms had a girls night out and went down to Denver for a murder mystery show plus dinner. Here’s a little bit about that.

The show/dinner was called The Dinner Detective and it’s one of the biggest murder mystery dinner companies in the United States. Tickets can be pretty pricey for this show, but deals through Groupon might help bring it down. That’s how my family and our friends bought our tickets.

When you arrive at the place, you have to check in, grab your ticket for dinner, and then create your alias, or your codename. This was really fun because the codename you gave yourself, was what you went by over the course of the night and you developed a character based on your name. After we checked in, we got to take pictures using fake murder weapon props. When waiting for the host to call us into the dining area, hor d’oeuvres were served and the chicken quesidillas with guacamole were my favorite. That might be because I LOVE avocados and guacamole (which are basically the same thing)… As we snacked, everyone was asked to start interrogating everyone and that was pretty fun because

At 6 o’clock, we were all called into the dining room to eat. First came a salad and some bread rolls. The salad had been sitting there for a while so the lettuce and other greens were kind of warm and limp, but the salad still tasted decent. Right before our entrees were served, a man was stabbed and died! Suddenly, several detectives ran in and the case begun.

As the night went on, my friends, our moms, and I had to figure out how the victim died and who killed him. There were a series of clues that came with each break in between our salads, entrees, and dessert. The food was alright, but it definitely could have been better. The carrot cake at the end was probably the best. Can you tell I have a sweet tooth?

The story behind the murder was exciting and creative and the actors were hard to discern from the rest of the audience, which helped make it more fun and challenging to figure out who did it.

The Dinner Detective was definitely interesting and I enjoyed myself. It was different and it felt great to try something new. The Dinner Detective is one of the highlight shows in Denver, so if you’re visiting or ever looking for something to do when you come to Colorado, come see it!

a murder mystery night

 

 

The Electoral College: How it Works

Another presidential election has come and gone and in January, Donald Trump will take office as the 45th president of the U.S. The electoral college is an important part of the election process in the United States and I thought I might take some time today to explain how the popular vote and electoral college work, for those of you who don’t know.

So in each state, on election day, if not before, citizens vote on who they want in office. Those votes are totaled up and the candidates with the most votes win the popular vote.

While the popular vote may demonstrate which candidate is more desired, the electoral college is what actually determines who the next president will be. In order for a candidate to win the presidential race, they have to win a majority vote of the electoral college which is 270 votes.

Based off of the popular vote, the electoral college then gives the electoral votes of their state to the candidate who won the popular vote. For example, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in Colorado, and so the electoral voters of Colorado gave the eight electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. And for another example, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Alabama, so he was given the nine electoral votes from that state.

The amount of electoral votes is based off of state population, so the more people in a state, the more electoral college votes they get. For instance, California has 55 electoral votes, because so many people live there, and Wyoming only has three electoral votes because the population is small.

Below is a short video on how the electoral college works to clarify it.

Did You Know: Colorado

I was born and raised in the state of Colorado, and in my opinion, it’s the greatest state in the USA. There’s so much history, culture, beautiful sights to see, and great people in the state of Colorado. Here are some facts on my wonderful home state.

  • Colorado means “colored red” which comes from Spanish.
  • This state is also known as the “Centennial State”. It’s called the Centennial State because Colorado became a state during the hundred-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1876. It became the 38th state in the United States.
  • Colorado is home to 222 state wildlife areas.
  • This state is the proud home of the Denver Broncos. United in Orange!
  • The southwest corner of this state borders with Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. This is known as the Four Corners and is the only place in the United States where this occurs.
  • The U.S. federal government owns 1/3 of the land in the Centennial State.
  • The state motto is “Nil sine Numine” which means Nothing Without Providence.
  • Famous actor Tim Allen was born in Denver.
  • People from this colorful state are called Coloradans and also Coloradoans.
  • The state flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine, the state animal is the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, the state fish is the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, the state bird is a lark bunting, the state tree is a Colorado Blue Spruce, and the state insect is the Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly.

So whether or not this information is new, now you know a few things about the colorful state of Colorado. If you haven’t been to Colorado, I highly recommend it. The snow is great for skiing and snowboarding, hiking is spectacular in the Rocky Mountains, and there are tons of fun and exciting places to visit like Mesa Verde, the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, the world’s deepest hot springs down in Pagosa Springs, Garden of the Gods, and so many more. I hope you come check out the colorful, wonderful state of Colorado.

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