It quite literally took us until the end of summer to do a family vacation. And when I say the end of summer, I mean end. of. summer. Most schools had already started and that’s when it really sank in. We had a very fun-filled family summer with lots of activities, pool time, day trips and ice cream yet we had not take any trips that lasted longer than 2 days.
So, right around the time most families were packing up backpacks for the first day of school, we were loading up the family car preparing for our trip to Colorado. That’s right, a good old fashioned family road trip with a 3 and 4 year old and 5 month pregnant mom. A little crazy? Maybe. Totally excited? You bet.
If you have never visited the beautiful state of Colorado, I highly recommend it. Sunny weather, kind people, countless activities, the list goes on. I won’t bore you with the details (nor do I honestly have the time to write them all) so here are a few of the highlights from our trip.
Well Gulch Trail- Charles Lory State Park
Our first hiking experience was an interesting one. We came completely unprepared for hiking- wearing shorts and tennis shoes on what was supposed to be an easy-to-moderate climb. When you have a 3 and 4 year old in tow anything other than a flat, wide walking trail becomes moderate-to-difficult. With rocky terrain, loose dirt, narrow pathways, poison ivy and rattlesnakes things got interesting with a quickness. However, our little hikers did an amazing job of watching their steps, following directions and most importantly, not complaining a bit! The end result was a gorgeous view worthy of a few snapshots.
Red Rocks Amphitheater- Morrison CO
This day trip was definitely one of the more touristy things we did but since I had never been, it was something that I wanted to cross off my list. Of course it would have been nice to actually see a concert there but we were just happy to be able to visit. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful natural music venues in the country but I was completely underestimating it’s beauty. I’m not so sure the girls appreciated it like I did but they had a lot of fun running around and climbing all of stairs!
Chautauqua State Park- Boulder CO
The last (and in my opinion, the best) hike we did during our stay was at a park located right on the outskirts of Boulder. It was a much easier terrain to endure with the little ones and still provided some amazing views. Along the way we noticed a small path up a rocky hill and decided to see where it took us. We landed at the very top of the trail with views overlooking all of Boulder. The sky was a little hazy that day but it did not upset the view. With tall trees for shade, dirt for building “dirt castles” and boulders for sitting, we spent a good amount of time hanging at the top before catching up with the wide, easy path heading down to the car.
All in all we had an amazing trip and I am very much looking forward to our next trip the this wonderful area. And now that summer is over, I am more than ready for the chaos that fall and winter bring.
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