The 4th of July

The Fourth of July: Basically a weekend long birthday party for America 🇺🇸 that encourages eating ridiculous amounts of grilled foods 🍔, drinking refreshing cold beers one after another🍻, and getting outside in the fresh air with friends and family🏕. Count me in! 🙋🏻

When you start your weekend driving up a 4×4 only road, holding onto the truck’s “oh shit handle” for dear life, and heading into the woods to camp, you know you’re in for a good time with great people.

Cozy, quiet campsite ✅ Tent ✅ Hammock ✅

(If you don’t already have a portable hammock, you need one! I’ve had mine since my Key West livin’ days and I love it! Lightweight, durable, comfortable, and great for camping or hiking trips. I purchased mine online for about $50 with tree straps)

(Ok, full disclosure, I sometimes take pics of my food 😜. Also, that is our fur baby, Scarlet, guarding the pig roast)

This 4th weekend, we feasted! And feasted and feasted. Even Scarlet, our pup, had no trouble finding some “yum yums” underneath the table that was used to carve the roasted pig. What a spread: fried shrimp, fried catfish, pork, various salads and all prepared by an amazing team of cooks from Louisiana. My mouth is watering just thinking again about the tasty catfish; fresh, flakey, with a delicious batter.

We caught a superb sunset too with the mountains rising in the distance. 

Of course the best 4th of July festivities have a bonfire, the bigger, the better with beer generously flowing from the keg and live musicians jamming nearby. 

Super talented Phish cover band playing near the bonfire all night. Epic.

One last hike around the camp in the morning before heading back to Denver. Pardon the poop bag. Haha. I told you Scarlet ate well at the pig roast. Oh….AND Scarlet spotted a moose on her morning walk with her dad! Sorry, Mr. Moose wasn’t very photogenic. 

Back in Denver on the night of the 4th, we hiked up Dinosaur Ridge on the west side of town for a killer view of the fireworks all over the city. Priceless. 

If you are reading this, I hope you all had a safe and happy 4th of July! Thank you for reading. 


Special thanks to T. Wood for having us up to his 7th annual Cajun pig roast. Truly a memorable time!

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