Colorado

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For spring break, my boyfriend and I took a road trip to Colorado. We visited Crestone, Valley View, and Colorado Springs. We also stopped at Zapata Falls and Great Sand Dunes National Park. For this trip, I created a journal that we could both write in.

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This journal alternated between pages written by my boyfriend, and pages written by me. The highlight of our trip was certainly Valley View Hot Springs. It is a hot spring located on the side of a mountain, overlooking the entire valley. It is all-nude. We shared the water with snakes and deer. It was my first time sleeping in a car.

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All of Colorado was like a scene out of a magical realism novel. We met strange people and encountered places that were lost in time. One such place was a roadside alligator nursery where we got to hold an actual alligator. Another weird location was the Japanese shumei. It was some kind of nature-based sustenance-farming cult that has roots in only Japan and Crestone, Colorado and we attended a Sunday “healing service”. Another weird place was a bar with live music in Crestone. We saw how dreadlocked new-age white people dance and I’m not sure if I want to see that again.

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My boyfriend and I also walked around a frozen waterfall. I face planted about three times per minute. It was probably infuriating at the time. But our recollections are humorous to look back at.

My favorite places in Colorado:

  1. Valley View Hot Springs
  2. Great Sand Dunes National Park