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Boulder, Colorado, USAFebruary 2018The weather in Colorado is unpredictable. The altitude has an impact on the fluctuations and patterns. It does snow quite a bit but then there will also be sunny days during the winter. We get a lot of high winds as well. There can be floods and wild fires.

Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA – February 2018 —  I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO in the 2000s. It was a great town to grow up in, and seeing the growth of the town over the 12+ years I lived there. The outdoor recreation available in and around the city was incredible. Having the ability to go for a hike around Garden of the Gods, mountain bike in one of the many city parks, rock climbing at Red Rocks open space, or even hiking Pikes Peak if you were feeling ambitious. There were so many things that I think I took for granted while I lived there.

But with all of the great things, like with most hometowns, there are things you hate about it. Despite the size of Colorado Springs, it had a very small town feel where you felt like you couldn’t get away with anything in high school. I remember whatever my friends and I did, it seemed like word of it always made it back to my parents. It was always so annoying! After high school, I stayed and went to college in Colorado Springs for a couple of years, and it was at that time I started to appreciate the city and all it had to offer. I remember going out with friends and exploring new bars and restaurants that opened up in the downtown area, taking daily runs around city parks and open spaces. While there were still so many things about Colorado Springs I disliked, I felt like people in the city were trying to make it cooler so that young people would be attracted to it like they were attracted to Denver. It has certainly come a long way in the last 5 years, but I think it still has a long ways to go.

Pueblo, Colorado, USA — January 2018 I was born in Pueblo, Colorado. My family on my mother’s side all lived in Pueblo. My father was born in Italy so we only had one side of the family. My fondest memories are the time I spent with my Grandma (My grandpa died when I was 2), my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We spent every holiday together and it was always fun and happy times. I still am friends with them all although I have moved to Denver. The school system was great and prepared me for college. There were all kinds of things for kids to do during the summer with kids in the neighborhood. We would be active and those were some of the happiest days of my life. I guess the only thing I did not like is when I graduated from college there were no real jobs for the field I was in so I moved to a big city. When I go back I still go to all the old happy places like my grade school, junior high and high school. Drive by the house I was raised in and still can think of all the fun times playing with friends. That old [content moderated for information that might identify writer] house is like the Miranda Lambert song The House That Built Me.