Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Estes Park - Family Fun










All is well here in the Rockies. We survived the 14 hour car ride with a minimum of threatening and yelling. The kids have gone cold turkey on their TV and movie watching since we arrived and they are still OK (shocking, I know). We started our trip by driving across Kansas - This was made slightly more entertaining than watching paint dry - by the recent introduction of a wind farm - that was totally cool to see in the middle of nowhere (I apoligize to any Kansan's for the above comments - Your state is very nice, but really, really wide!). We also stopped for a little visit at the Eisenhower Presential Library and Museum. The kids enjoyed this for the most part (ie - Benjamin liked the guns, Wesley liked the guns, Jessie liked the dresses, and Claire liked me to hold her while she whined a lot). We stopped overnight in the booming metropolis of Limon, Colorado - before heading to the Colorado Museum of Science and Nature - where Benjamin could not wait to see the dinosaurs and Wesley was enthralled by the Gold exhibit. We then arrived at the YMCA of the Rockies where we are staying in a fabulous cabin - The kids have been going to Day Camp each morning and Grandma, Kendell, and I have been taking a little hike. The first morning we hiked to Moraine Park and this morning we took a little 4 mile stroll around Lake Estes (I think that's its name). This afternoon we all went on an 11 mile downhill ride - that was really fun (after Wesley and Jessie got the hang of their hand brakes and Benjamin stopped pouting about having to ride in the trailer). It was a fun family activity run by Colorado Bicycling Adventures - our guides were very patient with our nervous children. Tomorrow the kids go swimming with day camp and in the afternoon we plan to ride up Trail Ridge Road - by car, not by bike. The award for trooper of the day goes to my mom - who went on our little bike ride after not riding for a really long time! Good night!

2 comments:

cindy said...

Sounds like you and the gang are having a great trip! I agree with you about your mom; hats off to her! She is now on her 2nd trip with in a month or so with 4 kids and riding a bike 11 miles! She is very inspiring! We miss you all. C Wehmer

John & Sarah said...

we want to see you while we are in Missouri! We will be around until July 14th. Let us know when we can see you.

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