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Boulder pt. 1

Being back in the hustle and bustle of life after my trip to Colorado almost has me feeling like it never happened.  Being there was like a dream.  I only had one obligation on my 4.5 day mini vacation(to plant trees), and I didn’t plan out any of my free time.  If you ever want to wake up in the morning and not feel the pressure of having to do something, I highly  recommend doing what I just did.  Go somewhere that makes it impossible to work, and don’t make any plans.  Done.  No pressure. Byeeeeeee.

But on a serious note, that will probably work best if you end up at an all inclusive hotel on a beach.  Which I, as you may know, was not.

Being 24 years old and on a budget, I decided not to rent a car for one reason only, the price goes up significantly if you’re under 25.  Relying on the bus schedule to get me places meant that my time was actually planned out for me a little bit, unless I wanted to miss the bus. (which if you were following my stories on instagram while I was in Boulder, I did miss the bus quite a bit)  For my mothers sanity, I never mentioned where I was staying as she was quite worried that I was already announcing that I was traveling alone, and also where I was going.

So now in the comfort of my humble abode I can say that I stayed at the Boulder Adventure Lodge.  And what an adventure it was!  The lodge sits on Fourmile Canyon Rd, with Fourmile Creek running right through the property.  With budget in mind I booked one bed in their hostel style room. I know, if you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, never mind traveling alone, it can be scary.  With that said I actually felt comfortable there.  Everyone in my room was quite nice, each of us minding our own business for the most part.

Friday after I settled in, I went to the office for some recommendations for dinner.  Each encounter with the staff at the A-lodge was incredibly helpful, and everyone was so freakin nice!  From recommendations to giving me rides when I miss the bus,  they had no problem helping me out and I am so grateful for that! On my way to dinner I got on the wrong bus, which in one of my posts on insta I quote Bob Ross as a “happy accident” because even though it took an extra HOUR to get to dinner, I got to see this quaint town called Nederland.  It had just started snowing up there it was sooo picturesque. ~Would miss bus again.~

I don’t think I mentioned yet that when I got there it was raining.  And it was raining and snowing the next day(Saturday) too.  Saturday was supposed to be the day we planted tree’s, but because it was snowing in the canyon, they switched it to Sunday.  I was very thankful for this because I only brought one pair of shoes for it and they’re not meant for snow.  This left Saturday open for a little exploring in town, but first, let me miss the bus…

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Lets Get Woodsy!

Simple question:

If there are no woods, how does one get woodsy?

Doesn’t make sense, right?

This is one reason Woodsy NE is joining the tree planting initiative that so many businesses already take part in.  Because you can’t get woodsy without any woods!

I am joining the local non-profit One Tree Planted to help them plant 1 MILLION trees in 2018.

They are looking for 500 businesses to raise $2,000 each to plant 1 million Trees.  Check out their website to see how $1 can plant 1 tree.

At Woodsy NE I am going to go one step further, so instead of one tree being planted for every purchase, we will plant one tree per ITEM purchased. This way we can reach our goal even sooner, and hopefully far surpass our goal!

Example:  5 item in your order = $5 donated = 5 trees planted

Each donation from your purchases will be recorded at the link above, and you will receive an e-mail when the donation has been made!

So, you may be wondering, why One Tree Planted?  And the answer is simple.  Although there are a few different non-profits just like this out there (i.e. 10Tree)

  • One Tree Planted is a local non-profit (local to New England) Based out of Shelburne Vermont.
  • They’re new! Just like Woodsy NE. And by working together we can help make the world a better place!

And my fave

  • All donations in 2018 will go to organizations that will help rebuild our scorched western America. Many people don’t realize the scale of the forest fire epidemic that is going on, and how much land has just been completely burned with many things lost include our oxygen creating trees!

You can find out more about the One Tree Planted Initiative at