Saturday was graduation day for our daughter from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.  She had an amazing four years in Fort Collins and is off to the “big city” of Denver to start a new chapter.

Fort Collins is located in the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains and is an easy one hour drive north of Denver (45 minute drive south of Cheyenne, WY)  The town is full of charm and character with an abundance of parks and hike/bike trails.  At an elevation of 5000 feet above sea level, residents enjoy 300 days of sunshine a year.  The town offers every shopping convenience that a population of 144,000 would want.  In 2010 Money Magazine ranked Fort Collins sixth amongst “Best Places to Live”.

Horsetooth Reservoir and Lory State Park border Fort Collins and are part of Larimer County.  After the graduation commencement ceremony, we return to our campsite at Horsetooth for a celebration.  Pulled pork, chips, and smores with family and friends around a campfire….yum.

Colorado State University is a vital part to the community of Fort Collins.  The university is home to one of the leading Veterinary colleges in the country.  Fort Collins is probably the most pet friendly town I have ever visited.  There are dogs everywhere.  Last August while moving daughter, we had to stop in at Lowe’s and it was too hot to leave Bear in the truck.  So Bear enjoyed a shopping cart ride and plenty of attention at the Lowes in Fort Collins.

Outstanding university, safe community, great weather, gorgeous enviornment……I’m glad my daughter enjoyed her college years in Fort Collins.  Go Rams!

Go Rams!