100’s in the Hills – 2014

For the past four years a large group (I’m guessing 100 people in 40 or so 100 Series Toyota Land Cruisers) meet up in Colorado for an event called “100’s in the Hills“. This year I tagged along with some of my favorite people for a weekend of 4-wheeling, camping, and soaking in the hot springs.

On Friday afternoon my friend Sally and I spent a little over five hours heading into the mountains to meet up with her husband and daughter. That night included a pot luck with the whole group followed by a bonfire with lots of great belly laughs well into the wee hours of the morning. The following day included an amazing ride deep into the hills, a soak in the hot springs, dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, and more soaking. The following day was all about another 4-wheel adventure and then the long trek home. It was a great weekend! Here, check it out:

The Peeps

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Sally and I.

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Her daughter Devon, who I’m lucky enough to have refer to me as her “aunt”.

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And Sally’s husband, Andy, who’s been kind enough to be my stand-in manfriend for the past two years when it comes to car stuff, hooking up electrical stuff, and helping with flood mitigation. (Pretty sure he’s keeping a running list for pay-backs down the road!)

The Scenery

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Just look at those colors! I love the places off-road vehicles can take you.

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Lake Como really is that color. It comes from the copper deposits in the water.

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Watching our group make their way up “The Wall”.

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It was so incredibly lush on the Western Slope because of all of the rain we’ve been getting this summer so the wildflowers were like nothing I’ve ever seen before – blankets of them for miles on end. I can’t come close to doing it justice, so I didn’t really try. It was breathtaking.

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The view from the parking lot of one of my favorite restaurants.

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The view during my morning soak at my happy place.

Pretty right? I will live in that area at some point in life. At least part-time. Mark my words.

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