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Originally I had wanted to blog along the way during our trips. I mean, with an app and your smartphone you can do it anywhere, right? Theoretically, yes. With three small demanding kids, no.
Let me put it to you this way–in 12 hours of travel and a book I was so excited to read, I got to read…three pages.
So here’s the recap. The girls are pretty awesome at traveling. If we have a good sense of humor. Bennett is the queen of “want it–don’t want it.” Asking for things, tossing them away, then crying for them again. Tatum is all about listening to the Kirsten American Girl books. Kenna is happy if she has her Tinkerbell dolls or can color. We actually made it a couple days of traveling before we ever turned on a movie for them–so we consider that a win!
Friday, June 8th we got a late start leaving Edmond to Colorado Springs…and by late I mean we didn’t pull into our hotel until about 5 am. Tired, much???
The next day we got to explore Colorado Springs, get an oil change (hmmm…the shop that checked our car before our trip missed that), and then
headed up to the Garden of the Gods. It was hot, but a dry heat so it wasn’t bad at all–and the girls loved having their own cameras (old digital ones we don’t use anymore) to take their own pics.
Up through Woodland Park and Divide, we headed towards our next destination–Granby. We took the scenic route that was maybe 30 minutes longer (probably not when you consider Denver traffic), and it was one of the best decisions EVER. The sunset over the valleys and mountains was breathtaking! So beautiful we pulled over just to take some pics and enjoy it!!!
We stopped in Breckenridge for ice cream and changing into jammies before heading on.
We had a bit of a surprise when we got to Granby at 11:30–all of the lock boxes had been removed! After calling over a dozen hotels we were finally able to find one that gave us a great deal, and the girls got to spend another night in a hotel (which was so fun for them).
The next morning we walked around Winter Park, the girls were blown away by the mountains and the soft grass and just EVERYTHING. After climbing some stairs to an outdoor amphitheater, Kenna looked around, sighed loudly, and said, “I just LOVE it here!”
We were able to get into the condo, unpack, and the girls thought that bunk beds, a balcony, a giant bean bag, and a dog crate were just the best things to play with EVER. Who needs toys?!
The next day was Monday and Matt had to work, so after a leisurely morning I loaded up the girls and we went for a short hike along the Fraser River Trail.
I’m learning with most kid hikes, the first 10-30 minutes consist of complaining, and then if I get them distracted with something they’re all in. After we started trying to identify wildflowers they loved it. We took pics, used our book, ate snacks, and ended up having a good time.
I’ll post more updates later, but that gets us to the beautiful mountains of Colorado–which sort of feel like home. We’re not sure where we’re going in the next 6 months or even a year, but I’m so grateful for tidbits like this.