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Camping in Colorado (a catching up post)

i am so far behind on doing anything with these pics, but i still have to share! Everything I have posted thus far on our Colorado trip was just pics from my phone, not the real deal pics. So that’s what I’ll try to do in the next few posts. This was our camping trip, which we drove straight to from our house…18hours & a lost $530 later, we rolled in to the campsite at 11:15 pm! Yes, after a solid 45 minutes of off roading, in the dark-don’t even ask. But it was all well worth it. Our friends were there waiting around the campfire with hugs & chairs & the menfolk had the tent set up in 5 minutes! Getting the kids down was the harder part. We were dying just to catch up with friends for even 5 minutes. And the kids had so much pent up energy. Anyways we all soon passed out & were ready to go for a few days of good solid adventure by sunrise if you can believe it. There’s just something about that mountain air that gives you the energy to do anything (or at least try).

This camping trip was unlike any other. There were about 40 people-11 families! It was so fun! We were so lucky to be included in our friends yearly 4th of July traditions-thanks Pollards for the invite! Here’s just a few shots…

Nature Girl

My Little Mountain Man

The Welcome Sign

there was an atv there & the kids were on it the whole time. I think it actually got started up & taken out one time.

Our camp spot, the river was right behind us. thank God, because I got so sick for about 24 hours & could barely make it out of the tent in time. I even showered in the river once like a true ruffian.

 

the view of our end of the commune from above

Part of the camp kitchen set up

 

Back on the Farm

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This morning we visited our friends the Moss family. They were so great to let us visit all their miniature animals and go for rides. We had a playdate with them last winter & what a difference 8 months makes! Everyone was more independent & really enjoyed feeding the alpacas, gathering eggs (although Trip was freaked out by the noisy roosters) & chasing kitties. Thank you guys for a great morning! We love you.

Hot Springs

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Last night we headed to the hot springs before Luke takes off today. He’ll be flying out to Reno for work until Wednesday & then back to Texas for about a week. Then back to Reno and back here on the 23rd for us to drive back to Texas. Sorry, tangent…anyways the drive to Ouray was so  beautiful with heavy wet blue clouds. We didn’t get any pics at the springs sadly because we were too busy swimming with the kids. The water was a perfect 85° and the steam rose into the 66° evening air. Afterwards we headed over to the Ouray Brewery to try out the beer. The kids got their first ever rootbeer float: Joss didn’t like the foam & thought the rootbeer tasted weird. But she was delighted to discover icecream underneath. Trip dove right in until he emerged announcing he had a tummy ache. Luke & I had a sausage plate with grilled apples & an amazing sauce & 2 new beers-for me a Camp Bird Kolsch brew & for Luke a Box Canyon Brown. The perfect hearty end to our mountain dip.

Girl time

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On Wednesday night Luke held down the fort with all 5 kids until Jeremiah got home & then they teamed up, so that Elizabeth & I could have a girls night out. It was so fun just to browse downtown, visit & grab dinner. We hit a sale at She She Boutique & I found some Brighton beads on sale for my Pandora bracelet-$5 each! I was so excited. I’ve been wanting to add a few wooden beads to make it a little more earthy. Then we browsed the ceramic painting place. Oh & check out the cute chacos I’m wishing for at Brown’s. We finished off the night with margaritas, mexican food & of course a browse thru Target’s clearance racks.

Silverton Jailhouse Thrift

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I LOVE thrifting! Especially in small mountain towns. All for just a few dollars you can load up on treasures. Here’s what I found today at Silverton jailouse thrift, which really is in the old jailhouse. And all proceeds go to the local radio station, so I can say I contributed to keeping the culture alive.

Silverton

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We made it to silverton for the parade!

Camping

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These guys were worn out! We joined the 4th annual Soap Creek Bash for en epic camping outing of 12 families (45 people!). It was such a blast! We are so blessed to.have been invited to join the families of Grace for such a great weekend. More pics will follow frm the real camera later.