Howdy y’all! I wanted to discuss my move to Colorado from Texas a bit more in depth. Why? Well, I’ve been in this new state for about 6 months now (Damn. Time flew), and I recently traveled back to Texas for a family visit and noticed some distinct differences. I love being a country girl, but I also love life in Colorado! Here are some changes I have experienced between TX and CO living.
The biggest, most obvious difference is the WEATHER! Texas air is more humid and hot, Colorado is cool and windy. Colorado gets less rain than Texas, but conversely Colorado has wayyyyy more SNOW. Like lots of freaking snow! I wake up to the sound of snow plows and snow shovels, and that is not a noise I was familiar with in Texas. A resident at my apartment complex had a whole snowboard and gear! The winters are colder but the summers are cooler (and I am just craving sunshine!).
Another big difference is the geographical regions and elevation. The difference in elevation made a big impact on my body when I initially moves to Colorado. The major geographic features of Texas are the Gulf Coastal Plains, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, and Basin and Range Province. The highest point of Texas’ elevation is 8,749 feet, and with being mostly plains and having lived there most of my life, it was unusual to consider the elevation. Colorado’s altitude is higher (14,400 feet at it’s highest point) with its major geographic features being The Great Plains, The Southern Rocky Mountains, The Colorado Plateau and the Wyoming Basin. In six months, I learned that altitude not only effects the climate (the higher you go, the cooler it gets), but it effects my body too. My ears would pop often when on the road, because the atmosphere’s air pressure decreases the higher you go. I needed to start drinking more water since the air was dryer.
CO is healthy AF. In Texas, there is fast food everywhere, and a lot of times it is open 24 hours! I was always gaining weight from all the late night eating. As southerners we pride ourselves on our food! Everything is deep fried and covered in sauce or gravy. Unhealthy food is advertised constantly too. In Colorado, I see less food advertisement and more healthy options. There are more ads promoting healthy lifestyles than in Texas. There are so many opportunities to get in shape in Colorado. Even walking around can feel like a hike sometimes, so invest in active wear!
One of my favorite differences is the clothing. I definitely did not have the proper attire when moving to Colorado. I had lots of shorts, summer shirts, and Converses (my favorite). I was used to hot days and warm nights, so my clothes were practically no clothes. It definitely got chilly when I crossed into Colorado. I needed to break out the hoodies, leggings, and walking shoes. Having proper grip on your shoes is important for not slipping and falling in CO. When exploring, I only had flat bottomed shoes, so I definitely slid down a few trails. I went to a Big 5 Sporting Goods store and found some great, affordable hiking boots.
I always enjoy seeing the differences between states’ climate, food, and culture. I believe differences is what makes travel exciting, so whenever you get the chance to see something new, GO FOR IT! Go for a carefree journey and you’ll be surprised what you learn. Where should I go next? Where have you been? Let me know in the comments 🙂