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Colorado’s Best Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Colorado’s Best Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of those places that mesmerizes as much as any concert you might attend there. Just outside of Denver, Red Rocks has housed some of the world’s most famous bands from the Beatles (yes the Beatles) to smaller more indie bands, like  Of Monsters and Men and Vampire Weekend (the show I saw, which happened to be my first red rocks concert!).     I feel embarrassed being a former Colorado native and having only visited Red Rocks once, but I’m sure that it won’t be the last. Every time I visit Colorado I’ll be checking the concert schedule!  Red rocks is an outdoor amphitheater famous for its music and geology. During the day its a park where people come exercise, play around on the stage, and go for hikes.   During the day its the perfect exercise spot, but at night, when there’s a concert, its unforgettable.   The red rocks are lit up, you can see the stars above, and in the distance you can see the Denver lights and skyline. Most bands take advantage of the lighting and rocks and do light shows with their music against the rocks and it makes for an unforgettable show!     A few tips: 1. Get there early if your show is general admission, the front fills up quickly by people camping out all day. 2. Bring a light jacket or a blanket because sometimes it can be chilly! 3. Bring a poncho, it tends to rain and they don’t cancel shows due to rain very often! 4. Wear appropriate shoes because you might have...
7 Common Travel Worries and How to Solve Them

7 Common Travel Worries and How to Solve Them

Traveling can be stressful, drive anxiety, worrisome, and just plain complicated sometimes. After talking with many people- big travelers and non travelers and everyone in between I’ve collected 7 common travel worries that I’ve noticed. My goal here is to help you resolve these worries and create a very stress-free and exciting travel experience! You may share these worries or have other worries too, I sure know that I did and I still do at times. But that’s the fun in traveling- It’s an adventure, you might make some mistakes, but you sure learn a lot about yourself and improve your problem solving skills! So here’s to a happy, fun, and rewarding travel experience. 1. I don’t have enough money/time to travel This worry is normally the first excuse or reason why many people don’t travel at all. And to be honest, it’s just flat out not true, even for minimum wage workers. Most full time jobs, if not all, include vacation time. Unfortunately in the United States that vacation time is less than many other countries in the world, but that’s not going to stop us from traveling. I know many people have family obligations and traditions that take up some or most of that vacation time. BUT, you don’t have to use your vacation time to travel! You can have amazing trips and experiences on three day weekends, or even just weekends alone. If you want to go on a longer vacation, then plan that out far in advance to schedule a time with your job that works for your situation. If you have kids and pets,...
Spring Hiking In Fort Collins, Colorado

Spring Hiking In Fort Collins, Colorado

So, as you might be able to tell, I’m not a great blogger. I am a very large slacker when it comes to keeping my blog up to date and that’s not good! I keep repeating to myself…balance. I have been very busy on the other hand. If you follow us on Twitter you might’ve seen that we went to D.C. recently to scope out housing and for my open house for my new grad program. We didn’t do much in the way of touristy things, but we did some exploring, but don’t worry over the next 3 years we’ll become bonafide experts on all of D.C. and NOVA…I promise. I’ve been in the midst of chaos regarding a Kenya archaeological dig and so keep your fingers crossed that all the loose ends become tightened so that I can go (and keep your fingers crossed for cheaper airfare to miraculously appear!). If you didn’t know this about me, I also study paleoanthropology and hope to get my PhD once I’m done with my MFA. So if I get to go and begin doing research in the fall in D.C. you can follow Alex’s Archaeological Adventures (working title) segment of this site (or new site?) I haven’t decided. In other news, I’ve been bumming around outside since winter is officially over (despite May snowstorms!) and we’ve been up to a lot of hiking here in Fort Collins, Colorado. Fort Collins is located at the base of the foothills so hiking is very accessible. One of my favorite spots to hike is Bobcat Ridge in Fort Collins. Nobody is ever there (although it...
Montmartre Paris

Montmartre Paris

When I first got into Paris, I was a little disappointed. It could’ve been the jetlag (I didn’t sleep for the entire 12 hour flight), it could’ve been the stress trying to figure out the Charles De Gaulle Airport (that has been ranked the worst airport in the world, a number of times), or it could’ve been all the pouring, cold rain, but when I got there I thought, this isn’t Paris, this is a big cement city. Where are all the artists? Where were the boulangeries? Where were the markets? Where was the Eiffel Tower?! But, after I was well rested and made my way into the city the next day, I was beginning to fall in love. I lived in the 14th district, a, in my opinion, a plainer, maybe “realer” district of Paris, but I fell in love with Paris over a period of time, (about 3 weeks). If you’re looking for that romantic, rose colored buildings, the scenes from the movies, the artsy Paris, then make sure to visit Montmartre! It’s located up North in the 18th district and is home to the famous Moulin Rouge, the Sacre Cour, and lots of art history.   Once home to Picasso, Dali, and the rest of the gang, Montmartre gives you the Paris feel. Stroll the streets where Owen Wilson strolled in Midnight in Paris, or crack crème brulee where Amelie did at the Les Deux Moulins, lift your skirts at the Moulin Rouge, or sit back, relax and sip some cherry brandy at La Lapin Agile, a local, real cabaret experience. Be sure to stroll the...
Blue Lagoon Iceland

Blue Lagoon Iceland

The Blue Lagoon, just outside of Keflavik Airport, in Iceland, sits in rugged Icelandic lava formations surrounded by beautiful black rocks and mountain scenery. When Alex and I went in early December, the average temperature was around 30 degrees Fahrenheit, so we were a little hesitant to go to a pool in the middle of winter… But to our very happy discovery, the geothermal heated water in the lagoon is heated to around 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit all the time! We decided to go to the Blue Lagoon the last day of our stay in Iceland as it’s en route to the Keflavik Airport and makes a very nice relaxing end of the vacation experience. All the bus companies in the surrounding area of Reykjavik and the airport make logistics to the Blue Lagoon very easy and stress free. They even stored our luggage on the bus while we enjoyed the morning at the Blue Lagoon and were on the bus when we left for the airport. (They also store your luggage at the Blue Lagoon if you need to do that)   Once we walked through the enchanting walkway with rugged volcanic rocks, paid our entrance fee, and changed into our swimming attire, we were in the Blue Lagoon. And yes the water is actually blue! And we went just before the place opened so we basically had the entire place to ourselves for the first couple hours. Nothing beat the hot water in the middle of a cold winter. It was very relaxing with the minerals in the water healing our skin, soothing our muscles, and looking across the Icelandic...
How to Budget Your Money for Travel

How to Budget Your Money for Travel

At PondHopping, we mainly write about what to do once you arrive to your travel destination. But we know that sometimes it’s hard to even get to that destination, so I decided to give my thoughts here… Everyone has the desire to travel whether it’s across the world to an exotic destination, or to a local hidden gem that’s just a few hours away. Many people think that traveling is too expensive or they don’t make enough money to travel. Well, I’m about to reveal a simple super ninja money saving method to save for traveling whether you’re a millionaire or a broke college student or anything in between… Here’s the short answer in three words: Budget Your Money. Whatever your income is, it’s time to start budgeting out some money for travel. Whether you’re aware of it or not, on a monthly basis, you budget and pay for electric bills, gas bills, cable/internet bills, loan payments, groceries, car payments, pet supplies, etc. If you really want to make travel a reality for you, you have to start including a travel budget in that monthly budget of yours. Depending on what type of traveling you want to do you would want to put in more or less money into your monthly travel budget. Before you can get an accurate dollar amount for what to budget away each month you need to do a little research, nothing too heavy though, don’t worry. Let’s say you want to travel to Paris in one year from now. To see how much money this trip is going to cost, you would need to...