Silverthorne | Breckenridge | Keystone

Hell yes, vacation time. It’s been 6 long years since I’ve been to the mountains during winter; I was itching to get out there and experience snow and chilly weather! It’s been so unseasonably warm in Austin; I’m not sure we ever even experienced a freeze, as all my plants are alive and well. My pepper plants have already been producing little baby peppers…wtf. It’s not even spring!

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So, some of my friends planned a trip to hit up the Rockys in Keystone and Breckenridge; I’ve never been, so needless to say, I was in. What’s winter without snow? It just doesn’t feel right otherwise. We hit the road and drove from sunny 70°F weather into 45° and snowy conditions. Let me tell you, Texas is one big ass state; it takes forever to drive through it, but the change of scenery is is nice. I’ve always been a fan of road trips, despite the long drives. There’s so many neat things to see along the way, and history to experience.

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Finally after two days of travel, we awoke to our first day on the mountain. There was nothing but bluebird skies and sunrays; it was a beautiful day full of anticipation and excitement. And those mountains though…for a girl that grew up in the panhandle of Texas, it’s always great to see anything more than farm lands and flat horizons.

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Franklin Barbecue Campout

Alright folks, I’ve lived in Austin for over four years now and time and time again I’ve heard about how amazing Franklin Barbecue is; however, I’ve never tried it. That is, until recently! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Franklin and why it would take someone four years to try a barbecue joint, the answer is: its a commitment, you can’t just pop in for some of this famous barbecue.

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You see, Aaron Franklin, the owner of this establishment, is an award winning chef, author, and damn great barbecue master. This generates plenty of interest along with the reputation for amazing eats. You pair this with the fact that they operate out of a small establishment that only smokes a limited amount of meat each day, and you have quite the demand. With demand, forms a line, and this line is crazy!

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