Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Our Colorado Adventure! (better late than never!)

A couple of weeks ago, we returned from a fun family adventure to Colorado!  We'd been talking about heading that way for years now and this summer was the year!  Unfortunately, we felt as though it would be best to leave Cason in Iowa as he likes his regular comforts and can get distraught in new situations.  It turned out to be a good choice for everyone!

We started our trip with a few nights in Denver...

We hit the aquarium, the Museum of Science and Nature and downtown Denver.  We ate at lots of fun restaurants and didn't have a schedule...no naps, no solid plans...it was wonderful!

The aquarium was so amazing...they even had mermaids!

The shark tank was all of our favorites!

Feeding the stingrays was pretty exciting too!

One evening we just decided to go for a drive and it was so beautiful that we pulled over on the side of the road and got out to explore and take a few pictures...

Look at all those bison!  The boys loved seeing these guys!

There is something so incredible about the Rocky Mountains...so gorgeous and breathtaking.  Pictures don't do any of the incredible views justice...

Prairie Dogs!  So cute...there were SO MANY!

Probably my favorite part of the trip was the day we headed up to Winter Park for the 2nd half of our trip and stopped at Red Rocks Park and hiked.  We had the boys dressed for the anticipated low 70's, upper 60's temperatures we'd be feeling in winter park because we didn't plan to hike so far (parent fail on our part because it was HOT HOT HOT during our hike...and they were in pants...yikes!), but just kept going because it was so incredible!

The views, you guys....man!  I love this place!

The boys were "ON TOP OF THE WORLD"!

We hiked over to the amphitheater...

The only thing that would have made it better were if we were actually there to see a concert!  That place is incredible!

On our way back to the car, we saw this fella just chillin' in the shade!

I don't have many pictures of our Winter Park adventures because I put the camera down and actually took part in the fun, but we had a blast!  Winter Park Resort was an all day adventure that the boys loved beyond words!  It ended on a not so great note after Sean had a serious wipe out on the alpine slide and got quite injured....lots of road rash and a cracked rib.  YIKES!  I also got a sunburn on my face...a really bad one.  That being 1 mile and a half closer to the sun is serious business!

This sunset was our last night...it was the PERFECT ending to an incredible trip!

I have never seen a more beautiful sunset!

The boys were so sad to leave...they said they want to move to the mountains...I get it.  I have the itch too!
It was such an amazing trip!!!

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