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Eight reasons to visit Colorado

Colorado is the home of the Rocky Mountains, the gateway to the West, filled with pioneer history, real life cowboys, hip towns, hot springs and some of the best hiking, biking, camping and climbing you’re ever likely to find – all only one direct flight away, with British Airways flying to Denver seven times per week.

Winter here is rightly famous, but the adventure lasts all year. In summer, wildflowers carpet the mountain slopes; in autumn, golden hues race through the forests. There are 300 days of sunshine a year, more 14ers (mountain summits over 14,000-feet) than any other state and a festival scene that doesn’t quit - from the spectacular Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival where hundreds of balloons fill the sky with colour, to the slightly mad Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (fancy chasing a steam train up a mountain anyone?), Colorado’s got you covered.


Powder dreams

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European ski resorts might get all the airtime, but for true winter junkies a Rocky Mountain trip is a must. Powder here is drier, lighter and perfect for carving, plus the runs are empty and enormous. The amount of choice is superb too, from the wide-open bowls of Vail and Breckenridge to the fast lines of Aspen and Snowmass, as well as more than a dozen other world-class winter resorts within a short drive of each other.


Elevated adventure

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Colorado is home to 12 national parks and monuments, offering everything from backpacking and horseback riding to rafting, rock climbing and even, in Great Sand Dunes National Park, sand boarding among North America’s highest dunes. Most ski resorts stay open year-round, switching from pistes to downhill mountain biking trails and keeping the lifts running for high-elevation hiking and easy-to-reach panoramic views. The town of Grand Junction makes an excellent adventure base-camp, with some of the best outdoor activities in the state right in its back yard.


Some like it hot

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Combining the spectacular scenery of the Rockies with five of the hippest hot spring towns in the country, the 720-mile Historic Hot Springs Loop is the best way to soak up Colorado’s healing waters. With 30 natural thermal pools open year-round, highlights include the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world at Glenwood Springs, the soothing natural vapour caves of Ouray and the bubbling delights of Steamboat.


National Parks

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Rocky Mountain National Park is legendary: a 415-square-mile wilderness of jagged peaks and high alpine lakes home to coyote, black bear and moose. The fun mountain town of Estes Park, a great base from which to explore it, is just 1.5 hours from Denver. There are lesser known national parks too such as Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a spectacular 2,000-foot gorge that rivals the Grand Canyon but draws a fraction of the crowds, and the cliff-dwellings of Mesa Verde, one of the best preserved examples of Native American culture in the country.


Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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If you’re after something a little less strenuous, try Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre – by day it’s a free city park just 30 minutes west of Denver with hiking trials and giant rock formations, by night, an outdoor music venue that has hosted everyone from The Beatles to local jazz, rock and bluegrass artists.


The Wild West

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From ghost towns and vintage trains to working cowboy ranches and the largest rodeo in the world, Denver’s annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (as well as the first: the Deer Trail Rodeo which started in 1869) – the Wild West is alive and kicking in Colorado. 

Saddle up or join a cattle drive, and you’ll feel the spirit of that old frontier still; footprints of dinosaurs embedded in stone, petroglyphs carved into cliffs, rivers where you can pan for gold. 

Want to look the part? Head to Rockmount Ranch Wear in downtown Denver, where Western icon, Jack A. Weil, invented the first cowboy shirt with poppers instead of buttons and popularised Western wear into popular culture.


Hop Heaven 

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With more craft breweries per capita than any other state, Colorado is heaven for hop heads. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest craft beer event in the country while the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is set in a spectacular valley. But, it’s the little-known gems that really catch the eye: The Grimm Brothers, serving fable-inspired brews in Loveland, and the mountain views from Avery’s enormous outdoor patio in Boulder, are two local favourites. 

Get the true lowdown on a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample everything from stouts to lagers.


Sports Mad

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Denver is Bronco’s country. When Colorado’s American Football team plays, the whole city dresses in orange to support. Catch games live at the Blake Street Tavern in the heart of downtown. But with seven premier sports teams in all, don’t stop there. On a warm summer night, hot dog in one hand, cold beer in the other, there’s no better place to be than Coors Field, home of The Rockies baseball team.


On the Rails

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The steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, built in 1882, cuts spectacularly through the canyons and remote mountains of the San Juan National Forest – a journey taken by Colorado’s first pioneers more than a century ago.  While vintage train lovers will adore Pikes Peak Cog Railway, near Colorado Springs. The highest cog railway on the planet, it climbs to the 14,114-foot summit of Pike’s Peak, the view from here inspired the song America the Beautiful

Plan your Colorado holiday with British Airways


Words by Aaron Millar

Header Photo by VISIT DENVER

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Massive Navajo sandstone domes and fins, steep cliffs, and natural arches erupt out of the desert landscape within Utah’s Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. The area’s extreme topography makes cross-country foot travel very challenging, yet possible. The highly scenic rock fins traversing the wilderness study area are popular subjects for photographers. Behind the Rocks offers amazing views of the La Sal mountains and is nearby to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. For those who prefer to catch their scenery at a little faster pace, there are plenty of nearby mountain biking trails and off-highway vehicle routes. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands.

RFA reacts to Beaming MC

Thanks so much for this prompt! I don’t think I did it justice, so I might redo this after a while. 

Common: RFA knows you don’t smile a lot, but they don’t mind as long as you’re happy.

Yoosung

  • Yoosung passed his Veterinary Licensing Exam.
  • He was thrilled and when he looked at you, he was speechless
  • You were smiling and applauding for him.
  • He only could blush and nod.
  • You suggested going out for dinner to celebrate and he agreed.
  • It took Yoosung a while to stop being clumsy.
  • Had be been driving, he would’ve crashed the car.
  • Good thing you two decided to walk!
  • He kept glancing at you, hoping to catch your smile.
  • It wasn’t there but the smile from earlier was enough to warm his heart.
  • He couldn’t help but think, “From now on, what I do, I’ll do to make MC smile.”

Jaehee

  • You’ve been barraged the whole week has been unrelenting with problems and pain.
  • You got home and plopped on the couch.
  • Jaehee popped out of the kitchen with some cake she made.
  • You could barely move, “Thank you, but I feel like jelly. I need a moment.”
  • “Then… say ahh~” Jaehee lifted a fork full of cake without even thinking.
  • You made a small grin as you accept it.
  •  It wasn’t until the sweetness of the cake spread over your tongue that you started to beam.
  • She felt her heart leap and her cheeks flush.
  • Maybe she doesn’t have to wait until her hair reaches her back to know how she feels.
  • Perhaps your smile was convincing enough.

Zen

  • Zen knew you liked spending time together, but it was fine that you couldn’t bike trails with him since you didn’t know how.
  • It hurt him so much to see fall over so much. That’s right, OP cannot ride a bike.
  • So he did his best to keep you from getting hurt or discouraged.
  • When you were finally able to wobble on your own down the block, You were thrilled.
  • “Zen! I can bike trails with you! We can go on tandem bikes together! We can bike on a boardwalk! We can go so many places!”
  • You grinned from ear to ear.
  • He knew you would be able to but the smile on your face left him speechless.
  • You stopped right in front of him. “I did it, Zen!” 
  • As you started to list all the places you could bike, Zen tuned you out.
  • All he could focus on was your smile. 
  • He watched you talk until you stopped smiling which is when he finally sealed your lips with a kiss. 
  • “You did so good, sweetheart.” 

Jumin

  • Jumin is perfect.
  • Good manners, gifts, affection. Perfect.
  • You appreciate and love that, but it gets boring.
  • Until he sneezed and farted at the same time.
  • His face flushed and he just dearly hoped you didn’t hear the fart.
  • “E-excuse me, I-I-”
  • Before he could come up with a proper explanation, all he heard was your laughter.
  • He turned to look at you and your smile was breathtaking.
  • He was still embarrassed but he wanted to keep looking at your smile.
  • “Jumin! What was that!?”
  • Nope. Never mind. He needed to leave.
  • You grabbed him and pulled him into a hug. “Here I thought you were Mr. Perfect, but I guess you’re just as human as me.”
  • You were still smiling so he didn’t pull away, “What else would I be?”
  • You laughed again, “Nothing but perfect.” To you, it was the little things that mattered a lot.
  • He didn’t understand it much but he did know you were happy.
  • That’s what mattered to him. 

Saeyoung

  • One day, you were on your way to Saeyoung’s place and came across a filthy little cat.
  • You didn’t want to leave it so you brought it with you.
  • Saeyoung was thrilled.
  • After tending to the cat, Saeyoung turned to you, “What should we name her, MC?”
  • “What? We’re keeping it?”
  • “Of course! Why not?”
  • You were so excited! Listing name after name.
  • After you gave your list, your turned to Saeyoung.
  • He was really red and just asked, “Sh-should we get another one so it has a friend?!”
  • He couldn’t breathe cause of your smile. “I mean, uh you seemed so happy. I thought we should get another…”
  • You were still in a bright mood so you turned back and chimed, “Just this one is fine.”
  • Saeyoung agreed.
  • He spent the rest of the evening staring at your face. 
  • He had tons of time to see the cat, but not as much to enjoy your smile.

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Happiness

Got married last weekend in the mountains with a few close friends.

We spent 10 days camping in the van - hiking, biking, fishing and watching sunsets through campfire smoke.  Our daily jump in the cold water of a snowmelt lake was our only shower.  At week’s end - sun burnt, bruised from crashing mountain bikes, scratched from trail running through overgrown trails, and with our fair share of bug bites - we stood atop a rock on the edge of the forest with the sun setting over jagged peaks in the distance and the crackle of a large campfire cooking tinfoil dinners for 30 of our friends and family and we were married.  There was no agenda - we camped, played and laughed with friends and when the moment was right we took 5 minutes and were married at sunset.  It was simple and perfect.  

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What the Lightning Sees

Biker!John Winchester x Reader 

Rolling into town on his motorcycle, John invites a pretty girl for a ride.

Warnings: NSFW, Explicit Smut, semi public sex, swearing, creative use of engine vibrations, dirty talk. WC: 2911 On AO3 

A/N: I don’t know shit about motorcycles, so I did my best. This was for 2 challenges and I love how they meshed together. For @chelsea072498’s Let’s Go Crazy Challenge. My prompts were the song Raspberry Beret by Prince (story directly inspired by lyrics in italics) and the prompt: “A cold breeze drifted through the splintered door hanging loosely from its frame.“ This is also for @atc74 @just-a-touch-of-sass-and-fandoms Tre Bellissimi Eventi Challenge. My prompts were: Lip Smackers. Leather jacket. Barn. and “getting caught is half the fun.” 


The first time I met John was at the diner. I was on hour six of a ten hour shift, and the last thing I wanted was to be hit on by a scruffy stranger who rode in on a loud motorcycle in a cloud of dust. But as I walked through the restaurant towards his booth and those chocolate brown eyes met mine, I knew I was screwed.

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For Forever - Peter Parker x Reader

Words: 1751
Pairing: Peter Parker x Reader
Warnings: fluffy, falling out of trees
Summary: Inspired by the song For Forever from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, you and Peter take a trip to a hidden gem- an open field filled with trees, that not many people visit. Talking about anything and everything, having a picnic, and climbing a tree makes for two friends having a perfect day.
Authors Note:  I’m obsessed with Dear Evan Hansen…so this had to happen. I also think this song is more lovey than the “love” song between the boy and girl…SO I USED THIS ONE. I love love love this musical so much and ughhhhh it’s just so good. AND I WROTE SOMETHING NOT ANGST FOR ONCE THATS ALSO PRETTY LONG IM EXCITED

Peter / Full Masterlist

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You took a bite of your ice cream as you drove both you and Peter down the winding road. “How much further?”

“Not too much further. We should be there soon,” You told your best friend and thought about the picnic basket and necessities in the trunk. Soon enough, you pulled into a dirt parking space and got out of the car to grab the basket and extra things. Not many people visited this hidden gem.

The hidden gem was an open field, which just so happened to be framed with trees. It allowed for the outer parts to have shade, but the center to have open space to allow the sun to come in and watch the clouds pass by, waiting for the sun to go hide away and let the moon and stars come out. Which was perfect for the end-of-May weather, making for a great day.

It was near an apple orchard, which was by an ice cream stop, but not many people actually visited this field. You and Peter grabbed the basket filled with goodies and the blankets in the back of the car. “Race you there!” Peter shouted and took off running.

“Not fair!” You yelled back, grabbing the last of the things and shutting the back of your car, locking it before taking off. “That was so mean, Peter!”

You ran with your hands full to find Peter laying on the ground in the middle of the open field. You laughed a bit and walked up to him, sitting beside the boy with his eyes closed. “Hey!” You yelled, making Peter jump.

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