I am just home from another out-of-town adventure but I can't post about that until I finish blogging about my trip to Colorado two months ago. By now you have probably read about the first half of my Colorado trip (back in early August!) so I better get on the horn and tell you about the 2nd half of our trip.....
After staying two nights in the Westminster/Boulder area, my immediate family drove two hours up into the Rocky Mountains to stay at the vacation home of a friend-of-the-family. It was an awesome place, big enough for all of us to sleep comfortably (and then some!).
Our mountain cabin was at 10,000+ altitude. It took some time adjusting to the altitude and several of us (myself included) got dizzy and nauseous. It was about 5 minutes after we arrived at the cabin that I fatally dropped my camera. No wonder I felt so sick! The combo of the altitude and breaking my baby was enough to really do a number on me, but I am a trooper and toughed it out. That night we kind of took it easy and just hung out at the cabin and grilled steaks for dinner. A friend of my brother Jeff lives in Denver and came up to hang out with us Sunday night too. The group of us enjoyed some wine and a beautiful night out in the hot tub after the kids went to bed. I am told that everyone who has a home in the mountains up there has a hot tub and I can see why. Such a cool way to enjoy the evening.....
When we got up on Monday morning my mom made omelets for everyone (and she makes the best omelets!) then all of the adults (with the exception of my mom who stayed back to babysit Annika, Bianca and Bennett) went to Hoosier's Pass to do some mountain hiking. It was at this place that I did my Colorado video blog.
It is so incredibly beautiful and peaceful in the mountains. You have to experience it for yourself to truly understand the feeling. Doesn't this look like a post card? We hiked for a couple of hours up into the mountains.
A few with us in them....
After hiking for a few hours we went back to the cabin and had sandwiches for lunch. Later Monday afternoon Jeff, his friend Bill, Amanda, and I all drove into Breckenridge while the rest of the group stayed at the cabin with the napping kids. We had ice cream and cookies from Clint's Bakery and took advantage of the free wi-fi for a few hours.
The rest of the group met us a few hours later but unfortunately it had started to rain in Breckenridge, so walking through town was not very appealing. We decided to change our plans from having pizza in town to heading back to the cabin to make fajitas for dinner instead. I love fajitas and Jeff makes really good ones ;) Later that night we sat in the hot tub again for awhile and then played cards.
Tuesday morning Jeff and Amanda talked me into going hiking with them again that day. We went back to Hoosier's pass but hiked up the opposite side of the mountain. Pretty high up there in the Continental Divide!
Jeff took this panoramic shot. Click on it to make it bigger, it is quite spectacular!
Another panoramic shot
We kept seeing these various piles of rocks along the mountain path....
Had fun making optical illusions with the distant mountain peaks....
After our hike we went back to the cabin, met the others and then we all drove into a nearby town for a picnic. They had this cute but tiny old church
After the picnic we went back to the cabin where we played horseshoes for a few hours while the kids took naps. We had a lot of fun!
Once the kids were up we all drove into Breckenridge since the weather was better than the previous day. Breckenridge is a cute town.
The kids had fun playing at the little park in Breckenridge (photos by Michelle Sauer)
We walked around for a few hours and then ate dinner at Fatty's Pizzeria.
We enjoyed a mellow evening back at the cabin, watching movies and hanging out. We got up early the next day, had breakfast, packed and cleaned up and then headed out of town. A couple of family photos at the cabin before we left....
It was a very cool trip and I am thankful that my family helped make it possible for me to be there. This was our first family trip in over 16 years, which made it even more special. Thanks for everything, guys!