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June 14, 2014

Back in Texas

We arrived back in Texas this evening. I can’t wait for our next Colorado adventure! My bags are already packed…

June 13, 2014

Farewell, Colorado

Well, our time in Colorado is coming to an end. :( We’re on our way back to Texas, and stopped for lunch in Colorado Springs.

I had Chipotle, in case you were wondering.

June 12, 2014

Rocky Mountain National Park

We spent this afternoon exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. This place is simply amazing!

We started off with a quick stop at Grand Lake Lodge. Situated on the edge of RMNP, Grand Lake Lodge offers stunning views of Grand Lake below. Someday I’d love to stay here!

For our next stop, we took a short hike into Coyote Valley for a picnic lunch. During lunch, we saw a moose grazing across the meadow. Luckily for me, the moose did not seem to be interested in my sandwich!

Next we ventured deeper into the park, taking the scenic drive up Trail Ridge Road. We made a quick stop at the Continental Divide (too bad I didn’t bring skis), and then continued on up to the Alpine Visitor Center.

What an awesome day!

June 12, 2014

Boating on Grand Lake

This morning we rented a pontoon boat and went cruising around Grand Lake. It was a gorgeous day, and the scenery was equally as beautiful!

June 11, 2014

Hot Sulphur Springs

Today we went over to Hot Sulphur Springs for a relaxing soak in the hot springs. They have around 20 different pools, ranging in temperature from 95 degrees to 112 degrees. If you’re wondering, yes, I tried the 112-degree pool, and it was a bit too hot for my taste. My preferred range is 104-108. There were plenty of pools to choose from, all with great views. It was a very relaxing and refreshing day!

June 10, 2014

A Grand Time in Grand Lake

We arrived in Grand Lake on Monday evening for our week-long stay. The town of Grand Lake is a small town nestled high in the mountains (elevation 8,369 feet) on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake, Grand Lake. It sits at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, and adjacent to two other lakes, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Lake Granby. All I can say is it’s gorgeous here!

We rented a beautiful vacation home just outside of town for the week. The view from the deck was simply amazing, both day and night. I loved gazing over Shadow Mountain Lake and gawking at Mount Craig (affectionately referred to locally as “Mount Baldy”). It was so relaxing!

The town itself is very small, and postcard-perfect. The main street is lined with cute little shops, and has the feel of a trading post, true to its heritage. One of my favorite stores was Polly’s Sweet Shop. I may have frequented it on more than one occasion… The owner remembered me, and also remembered what I had ordered!

And of course there’s the lake…but I’ll save that for another post.

June 9, 2014

Mountains, Pizza, and Charlie

We finally made it to the mountains! Yay! Of course, we had to stop in Idaho Springs for some pizza from Beau Jo’s. My favorite! I never miss a chance to stop here. Seriously. Never.

After lunch, we did a little exploring, and discovered a path leading to Charlie and his waterwheel. I always see the waterwheel and waterfall every time we come through Idaho Springs, but this was the first time getting up close, thanks to that path. Now I know it was Charlie’s waterwheel. While I may not share his philosophy on good health, I like his waterwheel.

June 8, 2014

Aunts, and Uncles, and Cousins! Oh my!

Today we headed over to Brush for a family reunion picnic. It was really nice getting to spend some time with relatives that we don’t get to see often enough, since we live so far away. It was a nice, relaxing afternoon, filled with good food (I really need to get that recipe for lemonade cake from Uncle John) and good conversation.

In case you were wondering, that is indeed a real picture of some of my relatives from a long time ago.

June 7, 2014

Fort Morgan

This evening we arrived in Fort Morgan, our first stop in Colorado. Fort Morgan is a small town in Northeastern Colorado. We used to come through here as kids on our way to visit relatives. It doesn’t seem like much has changed. The thing I always remembered was the sugar mill. I’m glad to see it’s still around, smell and all. It’s funny how the production of something that tastes so sweet smells so bad.

I was also happy to discover Rainbow Bridge this time around. It was there all along (built in 1922-1923), but I don’t remember ever noticing it before. Rainbow Bridge (also known as the James Marsh Arch Bridge) is an 11-arch concrete bridge built over the South Platte River. It’s the only rainbow arch design in Colorado, and is listed on both the National Register of Historic Landmarks, and the National Register of Engineering Landmarks.