When we made our plans for the trip and the driving route clearly took us north through Colorado, we made a point of planning an overnight stop in Fort Collins to see my cousin Suzanne. Like many extended families, I don't see my cousins often enough, and we're spread out across America. As it was literally on the way from Colorado Springs to Grand Teton, it was an easy option to get together even if just for a quick meal.
Given the change in plans skipping Denver and heading straight to Fort Collins, I texted Suzanne to see if dinner together would work instead of breakfast on Sunday, and as an added bonus, I asked if we could meet at her shop.
You see, one of the items on my life list was to shop at my cousin's actual brick and mortar store, Akinz. She has an amazing line up of clothing and accessories with her trademark Akinz wings and a decidedly Colorado - specifically, Fort Collins and the snowboarding community - vibe underpinning much of her work.
It was a total thrill to drive through the Old Town Square and see the sign hanging right out front of her actual store:
Just being in the store wasn't the item on my list, though; shopping in the store was the key piece. There were cute tanks; cool slouchy sweatshirts; excellent t-shirts. Caroline chose a hand crocheted headband; John chose a hat to match my shirt.