Wow. Day two of Lost Lake Festival really kicked it into gear. The crowds were measurably larger - I am sure in part that it was a Saturday, and also certainly due to the killer (hahaha) lineup. I had so many photos; below is only a fraction of them - I had to cut them significantly to get the gallery to actually load! One of the main reasons I attended Lost Lake was to see The Killers and they did not disappoint. Of course, they have now added a Denver date in February, so I am excited to see them twice in such a short time period. Another big highlight of the day was Huey Lewis. Yes, I am a child of the 80s and I love 80s music and I love how much this hip, indie music crowd loved Huey.
Note: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine.I was lucky enough to add a day at the beginning and end of my recent trip to Tulum to visit Cancun for the first time - and two Riu resorts: The Riu Palace Peninsula and the Riu Palace Las Americas, which I will cover in another post. I know - it's crazy that we often visit Mexico and I have never been to this hub, right? What I discovered is how EASY it is from Denver. I got early morning direct flights to Cancun, a quick shuttle ride and I was on the beach by mid-afternoon. I'll be honest, Cancun has always intimidated me because of its "party" reputation. We, of course, like to have fun and go out a lot ... but we aren't interested in an insanely wild location (usually, ha). Maybe during Spring Break Cancun is a bit different, but I found the Riu hotels we visited to be exactly what I was looking for. Luxury for adults-only, on the beach, with good food and amenities - plus a nice, friendly atmosphere.
The people behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands (as well as another festival coming to Denver next year) have created a new event in Phoenix called Lost Lake - not to be confused with our local dive bar Lost Lake. Lost Lake, the festival, attracted over 45,000 attendees in its first year to see over 50 performances. Headliners included The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer and Odesza. I was thrilled to photograph the 3-day extravaganza that also highlighted local chefs, breweries, and artists. Having attended many music festivals, I was super impressed with Lost Lake's organization and staff. The three stages were nicely stacked one after the other so you could easily flow back and forth, with food and drinks lined up along the way. Cell service was a little spotty - much like it always is when you cram that many people in one place - but you could hang out in sponsor Miller Lite's pop-up bar to charge your phone, upload photos and, oh yeah, chug beer. People warned me the weather would be scorching hot in Phoenix, and sure it was warm, but 80s-90s is perfect for music spectating - especially in October as the temperatures start to drop here in Denver. Beyond that - the lineup was insane. As with any good music festival, I discovered new (to me) bands that I now love like Striking Matches and Playboy Manbaby... and just as I expected, groups like Haim and Pixies plain old killed it. Thanks for the fun, Lost Lake and Superfly - we'll be back next year!
I just returned from Mexico and it's exactly what I needed. Rest, relaxation, sun, great food, drink and, most importantly, friends. The lovely Andrea was about to turn 40 years old and had a terrific idea. "How about I gather as many gals as possible from around the world to a beautiful beach?" I had been to Tulum several times before and it's one of my favorite places in the world - and Andrea is one of my favorite people in the world - so, of course, the answer was a resounding yes. Lucky for us, Andrea did the legwork for the trip and found our hotel in Mexico and took care of the logistics. We stayed at the gorgeous La Zebra, about 20 minutes from the ruins. It's a small luxury hotel and restaurant right on the beach, where rooms have splash pools and beautiful views. (I spent most of the day alternating between the pool and the ocean ... my idea of heaven.)