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Until we moved from California to Colorado last spring, I can't say I knew much about Colorado except that it has great skiing. We've only been in Colorado for a year, but there's so much we already love. Having lived near an ocean at every point in my life up until now, I have to concede that moving to the middle of the country has been an adjustment.
I'm linking up with Courtney from Eat, Run, Pray DC, Cynthia from You Signed Up for What, and Mar from Mar on the Run. They are the hostesses of the Friday Five Link Up, which you might want to check out! But let's get to it: What I Love About Colorado...
Five Things I Love About Colorado
1. The great outdoors. No surprise here, right? After all, it's prime ski country. Denver metro doesn't have much natural wilderness in the immediate area, but it has lots of great trails for running and cycling. But to get to the greenery and trees, you have to drive west a bit to the mountains. I've lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, and they all have their versions of wilderness and then there's the beautiful Pacific Ocean, but being able to see the Rockies every day, especially in the winter, is a beautiful thing.
2. The lack of traffic. All the places I've lived, traffic has been part of the lifestyle. It's so refreshing to live somewhere where I don't have to battle traffic every day.
4. It's family friendly. Now that I have something to compare California to, I now know that there are places in the U.S. that are much more family-friendly than some of the urban places I've lived. The things I've noticed in Colorado? The number of moms I see trotting around with more than one child in tow. The fact that every restaurant I go to -- even the really nice ones -- will have kids present. And little things like the number of lemonade stands I have seen in my neighborhood all summer long.
5. Friendly people. I realized I'd spent too much time in big cities when I moved to Colorado and was taken aback by how nice everyone was. Complete strangers. I've had the reverse happen -- when I first visited New York City, my college friend chastised me for being so naive, and she cautioned me to keep an eye on my purse at all times. Last year, when I first moved to California, I was guarded when strangers would suddenly chat me up at the grocery story, and my first thought was what do they want? I realized that people were just being friendly.
If you live in the U.S.: what do you love about your state? Please share!
If you live outside the U.S.: what do you love about your country/region?