Hi all! If I’ve seemed absent from the blog, Instagram, and Facebook, it’s because I’ve been running around the mountains!
Fuzzers and I took a three-day trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a beautiful mountain town on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies.
I didn’t pack my computer. Besides one episode of Star Trek on Monday afternoon, it was a couple days of electronic media freedom. And I loved it!
Just wanted to drop by and share a few pictures and tales of our adventures lately.
Fuzzers and I stayed at a less-expensive hotel very close to the downtown, which gave us a little more flexibility to spend on other things. Like the hot springs! Glenwood Springs is famously home to the largest single pool created by a natural hot springs. Think Olympic pool. But with steam coming off the top.
Lots of steam. (In case you were wondering, the slides in the foreground were definitely closed. But they did have an operating diving board.)
Fuzzers and I tried the Glenwood Hot Springs (pictured above) our first evening and went to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which was a little more upscale with many smaller pools, the second evening. The pools themselves were wonderful; the challenge was running between them in our bathing suits with the bitter winter wind coming off the river!
We explored the historic Colorado hotel, which was gorgeous inside and out. We also explored the town’s historic downtown. I was a fan of the bookstore; Fuzzers went more for the outdoor adventure supply store. Speaking of which…
On our second day in Glenwood Springs, Fuzzers and I took a seven-mile hike up to the top of a nearby mountain. There was tons of snow, and it was very steep at times. Luckily, Fuzzers had the forethought to suggest we each buy a pair of microspikes before our trip.
If you ever plan to hike in snow and ice, microspikes make a big difference. They’re like a less intense version of crampons; great for slippery trails with icy patches.
Our first dining experience in Glenwood was at a local taco joint called the Slope and Hatch. You could get everything from curried lamb tacos to falafel tacos! My fish tacos were scrumptious, but unfortunately, I had quite the stomach cramps afterword; I’m suspicious that I should have taken my Lactaid pill.
After our big hike, we had some great pizza at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co.
Plus we did some chicken at KFC one night and grabbed some Subway to take on our hike. I don’t know it’s common to eat salad on top of a mountain, but this particular Subway didn’t have gluten-free bread, so salad it was. Plus chips and a Luna bar because carbs.
I did have a few tough IBS flare-ups–to be expected when one travels–but overall, I thought my IBS did pretty well considering the divergence from my usual eating routine.
A note on traveling when you’re a FODMAPer and follow a modified low-FODMAP diet: there are bloggers who will tell you to pack all your own food, call every restaurant ahead of time, avoid all high-fat and high-sugar foods, anything to avoid a flareup. And okay, some precaution is good. I did pack a few snacks I knew I personally tolerate well, and I did ask wait staff about gluten-free options. But I didn’t ask about every ingredient or refuse to eat out. FODMAPs don’t cause any permanent damage, and following your personal modified low-FODMAP plan to a T just isn’t worth the stress; that stress itself could cause a flare-up, anyway!
That’s my two cents, anyway. I know some folks have flare ups much more debilitating than mine have been in the last couple years, so you do what you know works best for you. But also, don’t be so fixated on avoiding a flare-up that you forget to live.
For our final treat of the trip, we left the interstate on our return to the front range and instead took a scenic detour along highway 40. Granted, I did nap through part of our scenic detour. I just can’t keep my eyes open on long car trips! But totally worth the detour to get to see some beautiful mountains and the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Linking up with Amanda to share my adventures for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
Have you ever been to a hot springs? Tried snow hiking with microspikes or crampons?
Tell me about a cool place you’ve visited recently!