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Monday, July 11, 2011

Surviving Vacation!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July, and a great weekend.  We are still on our trip out West.  We ended up extending our trip by a few days to drive into Utah.  I should have lined up another guest post for everyone, but instead I will show you some highlights from our trip!

The first full day in Colorado we rented bikes and road 16 miles from Vail Pass to Frisco.  We stopped in Copper Mountain, and took the chairlift to the top.  There was so much snow still around!  We had so much fun biking in the morning, we decided to go out again and ride the 18 mile trail from Frisco to Breckenridge and back in the afternoon!


 I had a great friend move to the Breckenridge area last year.  We were able to spend some time with them on the 4th.  Here are her boys, and mine waiting for fireworks to start.  The boys had so much fun playing together again!


In Breckenridge we went on a mine tour!  It was pretty interesting, and we even got to pan for gold afterwards!  Of course we didn't get any.  But here is a picture of my son getting to "blow up" something in the mine.



Then I somehow got sick!  Blah!  Not fun on vacation to have food poisoning.  We had to drive through the mountains to our next destination.  I stayed in the car most of the day, but husband and son went to see Adam's Falls at Grand Lake.


Rocky Mountain National Park has to be one of our favorite parts of the country.  We didn't get to spend much time there this trip, but we did do one great hike.  We went to 3 lakes, and 1 falls for a round trip 5 mile hike.  The last lake on the hike is called Emerald Lake, but my 6 year old nick named it Emeril Lagasse Lake!


A trip to Estes Park would not be complete without Go Karts! 


Then we headed even further west to go to Salt Lake City, Utah.  On the way we stopped at Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming.  It was pretty cool.  


Today in Salt Lake City we went to see a cave.  You had to hike a very strenuous 1.5 miles up to get to the cave.  But we made it in record time!  The trail was complete with a few tunnels and everything!

 

 

Having a great trip.  We strat the long drive home tomorrow afternoon.  So hopefully Wednesday afternoon I will have a new post ready for you!

15 Comments:

At July 11, 2011 at 2:46 AM , Blogger PFx said...

Wow! Sweet holiday there. So jealous in my miserably stormy surroundings.
Have a safe trip back home !

 
At July 11, 2011 at 3:05 AM , Anonymous Maureen said...

Certainly looks like a fantastic holiday (if you take out the food poisoning bit - that was pretty sucky)

Cute young man you have there.

 
At July 11, 2011 at 7:25 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Looks like a great trip, although I'm sorry about the food poisoning. That's not fun at any time!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 10:33 AM , Blogger The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Looks like a lot of fun!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous kitchenarian said...

Love your pictures. Have fun and safe travels home.

 
At July 11, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Anonymous Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) said...

Sounds like a great trip...minus the stomach issues. Hope you're feeling better! I was on vacation last week too...in Chicago. I'm back and trying to get caught back up with everyone. Safe travels!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Sandra said...

Wow Erin..looks like you guys have great time!! Wonderful pictures of your beautiful family...can't wait to see more!!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 4:01 PM , Anonymous Five Finicky Eaters said...

What fun!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Anonymous Lindsey@Lindselicious said...

Your son is a cutie! HOpefully you had some fun after your food poisoning...

 
At July 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

Looks like you are having a great time (besides the food poisoning!) I enjoyed guest posting for you. Safe travels!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

Glad you guys had a great time on your trip!! I love Colorado, such a beautiful state :)

 
At July 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM , Anonymous janet@fromcupcakestocaviar said...

Sorry about the food poisoning but glad the trip was a success otherwise Erin!

 
At July 11, 2011 at 9:36 PM , Blogger Ann said...

What great pictures! I'm sorry you got food poisoning...that is never fun.

 
At July 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM , Anonymous Kimby said...

No wonder you entitled this blog "Surviving Vacation!" But I'm sure you'll look back on these photos (especially the family shots) and have nothing but wonderful memories!

 
At July 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM , Anonymous Anne said...

Yikes about the food poisoning! But it looks like you had a wonderful trip! Glad you are back!! : )

 

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