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Friday, August 27, 2010

Colorado Trip 2010...Days 3 & 4

We spent our second full day in Colorado white water rafting. We did this with the kids when we were in Colorado five years ago, but we chose a longer, more difficult trip this time since the kids were older. Last time our guide did all of the work while we went along for the ride. This time, our guide sat in the back and directed us while we all did the work. It was harder but much funner than last time. After a while, the guide let the kids take turns sitting in the front for the best "splash position". Half-way through the trip, all of the rafts stopped to let the kids, or anyone who wanted to, swim. It was a bit cold for us, but Patrick, Jeff, and Carter still got in. We were all tired after rafting, so we went back to the camp for the evening. The weather was so beautiful, and the kids had lots of room to ride their stuff and just explore.The next day we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park. This was the part of the trip that I was the most excited about. It did not disappoint!! Even though our view from the scenic drive we took was 2,000 feet lower than Pikes Peak, it was more breathtaking because of the clearer weather. There was a moment when I climbed upon a rock to sit and look out over the tops of all of the mountains below that I felt as if I was the only person in the world. It was the moment that the entire trip had led up to for me. Yes, it was hard to breath up there and my nose was bleeding from the altitude, but it didn't matter. The only thing that mattered was that moment. It was fun watching my kids climb the rocks and ooohh and aahhh over the amazing view as well.
Pikes Peak as we were leaving Colorado Springs for Rocky Mountain National ParkDenverOn the alpine tundraJeff and Carter climbing upMade it!!!Patrick on top of the rock that he climbedMadison and me We were all excited to finally make it to the snow!! It was so hard for me to try to imagine what it would look like up there in a few more months. The kids also got to see and walk on more of the tundra there. I told them that the little bit of green that we were seeing hadn't had a chance to be there for very long and would soon be covered with snow.

It was an amazing day....for me, the best of the trip!!!


Blogger Rhonda said...

I'm so glad that you had such a good time. I only spent a small amount of time when I went to Denver and didn't get to see all that you did, but I really enjoyed the weather there. It was just awesome!

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