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It has been two weeks since my last confession post.

Oh boy, still can’t get the Catholic guilt out of the girl.

WTF happened to Vitadventure? I have asked myself that numerous times over the last two weeks. I had been going strong. I was all about my cleanse, I had some momentum going…. and then….nothing.

Well, I’ve decided to catch you all up in pictures.

After two weeks out of my three week cleanse, this happened on a Friday night:

I'm human. I like wine.

I’m human. I like wine.

I made it a full 12 out of 21 days on my cleanse before I succumbed to this perfection in a glass. Was it worth it? Yes. I guess you could say I slipped. I didn’t officially “finish” my cleanse, because after that glass of wine, the rest of the weekend and the remaining last week of cleansing entailed some food truck festival and camping fun.

Love Denver Festivals!

Love Denver Festivals!

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Said weekend also involved biking to City Park Jazz in Denver… while I stayed gluten-free and vegan, there was wine…and biking…well, not at the same time.

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After my weekend of non-cleanse worthy fun, I hit the reset button for another 5 days- this meant green juice, vegan and plant-based deliciousness, seltzer instead of wine, lots of yoga, dry brushing, neti-potting and meditating. I didn’t beat myself up too much about my “lapse of judgement”. Because as Kris Carr states in her plant-powered cookbook “Crazy Sexy Kitchen“:

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If the worst thing I did during my cleanse was drink some wine and have one latte (which, actually, the latte made me feel worse than the wine did! Score!), then I can easily forgive myself and get back on the train. I pretty much ended my cleanse early and took some valuable lessons from it… which I will share in another post to come soon.

So- that said, where else have I been- when I haven’t been reading or cleansing? Well, after my 21 12 day cleanse, the husband and I went camping for a weekend. We did a deliciously challenging 5 mile hike with Gus to start the trip off.

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Too much hiking for Gus

Too much hiking for Gus

Sage Brush Field next to the Campsite

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Yoga Time-

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Campsite Serenity

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Yes, while I brought some wine camping, I also brought a shit-ton of kale

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I was pretty proud of my vegan, plant powered campsite dinner. All you need is a camp stove and some veggies and pasta and you’ve got yourself a date with nature.

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So that’s where I’ve been the last two weeks. Camping, (semi-)cleansing, reading, hiking, planning our October trip to Italy (OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! more to come on that too!!!), taking an Italian class, yoga-ing like crazy, teaching yoga (I had 17 students in my last class- people, this is a huge deal!)… oh, and my full time job… whaaaa? Oh, and in between it all, figuring out what the hell to do with all of the veggies that my lovely neighbor has been leaving us…

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I’ll give you one guess- most of this shit has ended up in my juicer. I’m an addict.

So that’s the LONG story in one post. This week, I plan to give you all my thoughts on my Adventure Cleanse, what I’d like to take from it, and what I’d like to leave behind… as well as some other interesting musings on current events…so stay tuned… I promise, there’s more to come- and it will happen in less than two weeks….


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Steamboat Fun Part 1

Hey there and happy Sunday.
Oh lordy, where do I begin? I have an hour to kill before the season premiere of “Dexter” (any other Dexter fans out there?) so truly, where do I begin?

We are back from our fantastic adventure in Steamboat Springs. We hadn’t been to Steamboat in over 7 years so it was a long overdue trip.

We left early Saturday morning and it took us about 2.5 hours to get there ( it should take 3 minimum if there’s no traffic, but I was driving and eh, I’m a bit of a heavy foot). We rolled into town greeted by this lovely view.

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Not bad.

We drove immediately to the trailhead of Fish Creek Falls, a popular Steamboat destination. There is a short 1/4 mile hike down to the falls that is pretty much a tourist attraction (and therefore, usually would be a deterrent for us, as we prefer things off the beaten path)- HOWEVER, I had done some research and knew that there was another hike just past the lower falls that climbs 2,000 feet in elevation to the Upper Fish Creek Falls and knew that it would not be busy due to the difficulty of the hike. So we pushed past the crowds and began our ascent.

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Lower Fish Creek Falls

Lower Fish Creek Falls

After a nice photo op at Lower Fish Creek Falls, we began a pretty strenuous 2 mile ascent up. We were, however, rewarded for our efforts with glorious shade for most of the hike, wildflowers and a stunning view from the top.

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Almost to the top

Almost to the top

Wildflowers Galore

Wildflowers Galore

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Finally, about an hour into the hike, we made it!

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Glorious views from the top

Glorious views from the top

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Cooling Off with the waterfall spray

Cooling Off with the waterfall spray

We spent about 10 minutes at the top just enjoying the views before we headed back down- oh, glorious DOWN!

All in all, the hike was around 5 miles and we did it under two hours- pretty average when you include stops, elevation gain, and the heat. Of course, we were starving when we reached the car and immediately headed into downtown Steamboat Springs for lunch at Sweet Pea Market and Restaurant.

I had found Sweet Pea after doing a Yelp search for “Steamboat Vegetarian” (what did we do without Yelp?) and I’m glad I didn’t let a few of the “poor service” reviews deter me. Yes, they were busy and yes, service was a little slow, but I’d gladly wait for the deliciousness that was Sweet Pea.

At first, glance, it looks like a little market with some locally grown produce, honey, lavender and other herbs.

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Combining beer advertising and basil- LOVE

Combining beer advertising and basil- LOVE

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Such Farmer’s Market Fun! But an even better surprise happened when we walked around the corner and found a back patio on the Yampa River with beautiful outdoor dining.

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We grabbed a table in the shade and reviewed the menu. I was in heaven looking at the salad entrees.

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What to choose? I ended up with the Trifecta salad- basically I opted for a sampling of all three- I ordered the kale and quinoa, snap pea and the olive and cucumber with local feta and yogurt dressing.

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It. Was. Divine.

Tim opted for the Brie and Bacon on whole grain with a side of garlic fries (of which I helped myself to!)

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We toasted to our hard hike with some champagne, noshed on our lunch and watched people tubing down the river. It was absolutely lovely….

And this seems a perfect place to end tonight’s post…. With a full belly and aching quads…. More to come on the rest of our trip tomorrow!

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Birthday Fun

Oh Dear.
It’s been too long again. Over a full two weeks since my last post.

I can’t help it- I’ve just been too darn busy having fun. Well, that’s not entirely true- work has made me a stressed-out hot mess, but when I haven’t been working, I’m just having too much darn fun to take the time to post.

But I’m back and I’m making a commitment to get back on a regular posting schedule. You have my word, Vitadventure, you have my word.

So to catch up on the happenings in my world, last weekend I celebrated my 33 birthday. I feel like I should make some joke about, “Oh, look, I turned 25 again!” but frankly, I am loving my life right now and embracing the 30s. You couldn’t pay me to go back to my 20s. Someone once told me that the 30s were the time when all the insecurities of your 20s are gone and you just ARE who you ARE and it’s fabulous…. and so far, I agree.

Last weekend, my cousin Amanda came to Denver from Cape Cod to visit me for all the birthday festivities. Amanda is like a sister to me, and it was super special that she took time away from her two children and husband to hang out in Colorado for the weekend.

I tried to squeeze in as much “Typical Denver” as I could for her visit. I wanted her to experience what we usually do on weekends, so our days were pretty jam packed.


I took her to True Food Kitchen, because you all know how much I love that place, and we noshed on some INSANE edamame dumplings.


We also biked to Watercourse Foods for lunch one day. I figured a trip to Denver wasn’t complete without a visit to this vegetarian/vegan cafe. I got my usual, a frisee and grapefruit salad with herbed seitan, arugula, carrots and red onion- and, as usual, it was divine.


We also took her to Margs Taco Bistro in Cherry Creek. What I love about Margs is that it’s pretty friendly to all types of eaters. I can order tofu tacos and a huge arugula salad, and my compadres can order their own gluten-free, paleo, omnivorish concotion as well. Add tequila and everyone is happy!


In other food news, we hosted a birthday BBQ one night.


We grilled out, played bocce and had a grand old time. I made this vegetarian, gluten-free sweet potato salad, which was a hit and a breeze to make. I also served up Angela’s vegan, gluten free, no bake chocolate torte for dessert.

People, do yourselves a favor. Run, don’t walk, to the grocery store to get the ingredients and make this piece of HEAVEN. It was to die for and frankly, may become a weekly staple in my house.

And when we weren’t eating….

We took Amanda up to Evergreen, Colorado, about 40 minutes west of Denver, for one of our favorite hikes called Three Sisters. It’s a lovely series of trails that you can customize to meet whatever hiking desire you have at the time. I think we rolled in a good 3.2 miles, so it was a decent workout with great views.







Of course, the entire weekend made me realize that I am no longer 22. I was completely exhausted after I dropped her off at the airport and any plans we made to go to City Park Jazz that Sunday evening (which is a summer staple for us- more to come on that later) were replaced by this:


An evening at home on the patio with my husband, Gus and a glass of wine.

It was the perfect weekend to celebrate another year around the sun!

I feel like I have so much other stuff to catch up on, but that’s another post for tomorrow- yup, I’m setting my intention- another post for tomorrow!

Happy Saturday!

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Three Things

Good Monday Morning! Of course, it’s particularly good for a Monday because I’m waking up in Santa Fe and am still on mini vacation.

Our trips to Santa Fe are pretty much always the same, regardless of the time of year. They involve three things:
1. Eating delicious food and drinking delicious drinks
2. Lots of hiking and yoga to negate number 1 above
3. Quality chill time with friends and dogs




That just about sums it up. Lots more pics and details tomorrow when I am back home and settled. For now, I’ve got a cup of coffee and a hike waiting for me!