Seeing the US through Dutch eyes: laid back in Vail

Our next stop on our road trip: Vail in Colorado. Not that we had specific plans there, but we needed somewhere to relax before our final destination, Denver. So we thought this town looked nice on Google maps, nestled in the mountains. Vail is well known for being a skiing paradise, but we gathered there’d be enough to do in Summer too.

imageWell, the good news is that we were right: enough to do here in Summer too. The town is bursting with people tracking up the mountain to participate in activities like tubing, zip lining, hiking, mountain biking. Anything is possible, as long as you feel like being active. But last year I wrote a blog about the unfair distribution of the sporting gene: my brother got them all, leaving me with none whatsoever. So although everyone walks around town as if they’ve just stepped away from the gym or got of the mountain bike, the number one activity in Vail just isn’t what I’m looking for.

imageI bet many of you readers don’t understand at all what I’m talking about. And when I look around me here in Vail, I see that I’m seriously outnumbered. Still, no exhausting activity for me, thank you. Hiking up to the Pine Tree Arch in Utah was quite enough fo me. Which left me with not a lot to do in Vail. We resorted to another way to spend our time: we did some much needed retail therapy! There’s an excellent outlet shopping mall nearby in Silverthorne, where we got some good therapeutic time in. And the next day, we saw the movie Jurassic World in Frisco. And aside from all that, we relaxed, slept in, and read a lot. So a good two days, but not in the way you would expect.

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