Trip to Estes Park
The Nine Takes Colorado
by Billy Swift
November 19, 2015, 6:00pm
Four members of The Nine team recently took a trip to Estes Park, Colorado for a much-needed retreat. William, James, Jon, and myself (plus William's two sons) enjoyed a week of cold weather, cozy fires, exploring the wilderness, and bonding as a team.
We left Tuscaloosa on a Wednesday afternoon and spent the night in Atlanta since we had an early flight the next morning. The next day, we landed in Denver at 9:20am local time and hit up one of William's favorite restaurants, Cafe Rio. After that, we loaded into the minivan and drove up into the mountains to Estes Park, a small vacation town on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.
We are pretty crazy about coffee at The Nine. So one of our favorite things to do in the mountains was to find a cozy coffee shop (usually Kind Coffee), plug into our MacBooks, and code/design while sipping a Mexican Mocha latte.
On Saturday we drove down to Boulder and explored the city. We drove past the office of SendGrid, a tool we use to programmatically send emails. We visited the local farmer's market and amphitheater, and walked through Pearl Street Mall. The next day, a few of us spent the night at my family's rustic cabin deep in the woods. We had to keep a fire going all night to stay warm, but it was worth the experience to have a night free from WiFi, TV, or cell service.
Overall, we had a great time in Colorado. It was cool being able to work on some web projects while in the mountains. We got to know each other better as a team and we were able to relax a bit.