A Cold Day At Lake Dillon

DILLON0024_640Over the weekend, the family took a drive just north of Silverthorne to Green Mountain Reservoir, but when we got there, it was not what we had expected.  The reservoir was mostly dried up and iced over.  It was a pretty depressing sight.  We then decided to head to Lake Dillon (right next to Silverthorne) so the girls could play at the playground.  It was cold but the sun peeked out long enough for us to stay warm while husband and I took photos and the girls played.

DILLON0029_600DILLON0028_600Captured husband getting a shot of the mountains with his phone. 🙂

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DILLON_KIKY_640This is what they had fun doing. Spinning on these tilted round chairs screaming and giggling.

Hiking Near Flagstaff

The family went hiking yesterday near Flagstaff in Boulder, CO.  I believe the last time I hiked there, my 10-year-old was about two years old.

That’s CU Boulder in that view.

This was at the highest point that I was willing to go.  The view was gorgeous.  In order to get this shot, I had to climb up on a rock that was flattened on the top.  The drop off the side of that rock was probably about 100 feet.

Rock climbers.

View on our hike down.

Husband wanted to drive through Flagstaff.  He remembered a “castle” we had seen when we were dating and driving through this area on an ordinary day.  It still looks as beautiful as the first time we saw it.

It was a great day.

Glenwood Springs Alpine Coaster

[4.06: Waiting a few minutes before heading to the 2nd cave.]

This post is a continuation from the trip the family took to Glenwood Springs last week.  The cave was fun for husband and I but the girls found their thrill in the Alpine Coaster ride, Laser Tag, and the 4D Motion Theater.  They also loved the small shop that we spent a great deal of time in trying to stay away from the wind.  They each bought a bag of colorful rocks.

The wind was pretty extreme.  That’s me being very serious with husband to be very VERY careful taking Kylie down the Alpine Coaster. I was so scared she’d fly off or pass out.

Kylie and her dad coming back from the ride.  She actually enjoyed it way more than I thought.

Kida riding with her dad.

I went on the ride once with Kida and was scared half to death through the whole thing.  The turns were sharp and steep + the wind and the speed!  I controlled the speed of the coaster but I felt as though I had very little control as to how fast/slow we went.  When it was done, I was relieved.  It was…somewhat exciting but I think my fears got the best of me so I didn’t get to enjoy it as much.  Kida went on it about 4 times, 3 of them with husband and still wanted to go some more.  She begged to go by herself but I didn’t let her.  She stomped, screamed, tried to twist my words, etc., but I still didn’t let her.  I know.  I need to let go just a little more but I think with certain things, I just can’t, and I won’t.

[That road is Interstate 70 and the brownish piece of water is the Colorado River.]

At the end of the day, I was happy to know that both Kida and Kylie enjoyed this vacation.  Kida wants to live in Glenwood Springs when she grows up and Kylie wants to play Laser Tag all day long.

More Maroon Bells Photos – The Hike

This is the direct opposite view of the Maroon Bells.  It was probably around 7:45 am when we started hiking.  Some bushes and leaves were thinly frosted.  The areas that received the sun’s ray first had dew droplets on them.  It was very magical and peaceful.

Fly fisherman and paparazzis!  Kidding.

These Aspen trees stood gracefully tall and proud.

This was a lake but it was completely dried up.

That lake was so clear you could see everything in it.

Kida’s picking cotton (she wanted to make a dress with it) and Kylie, she just didn’t want to turn around for a pose but did anyway frowning all the way.

Some serious photographers here.

This was the view they were facing.

Kylie started picking cotton too.

Kida couldn’t pick enough for a dress so she started collecting Aspen leaves.

When we came down from our 20 minute hike (I got scared of lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!) the photographers were still there and there were even more than before.  It’s hard to see in the photos but they were all lined along the lake.

Hope you enjoyed all the photos!