Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trip to Colorado. First stop: Boulder

Earlier this winter we took a long weekend and visited Colorado, a state that none of have been to before (I've laid over there a few times, but that doesn't count). We first went to Boulder and stayed with friends Joel and Erin who have a daughter Aven, who is Eloise's age.

We first headed to Pearl Street, walked around and had lunch at a local brewery called The Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery.

Later we met up with Joel, Erin and Aven at their home and consumed the world's largest slices of pizza. 

The next day we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park, but first we stopped in Estes Park and visited the hotel from The Shining, the Stanley Hotel. Very beautiful and old.

Joel lent us all of their snowshoes and kid-carrying pack so we got to the park and tried to get ready to go. Eloise threw her first of many, many fits and cried for 30 mins plus while sitting in the trunk of the car. Eventually she was only happy when I was the one who was carrying the pack, which was very uncomfortable since it had been sized for Steve, but we just had to roll or else we were never going to do anything.
Harriet really liked snowshoeing, we did a loop around a frozen lake.

Eloise in happier times.

Views from the road.

While Eloise (thankfully) napped in the car, Steve and Harriet went to the extremely windy and snowy Bear Lake to check it out.

As we were heading out, we came across these elk who were blocking the road.

On the way home we stopped and ate at Oskar blues, which is a microbrewery that lead the craft brewery crazy 20 years ago. After this, we stopped at Left Hand brewery on the way home.

The next morning the dads took the girls to swim at the community center pool, Erin had to working and I spent an hour going on a hike alone. After a really long day with the girls the day before and a terrible night of sleeping for Eloise, I really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

After some lunch, we went for a hike up in the mountains.

Right by the hike, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), had an interpretive center and they had a lot of interactive exhibits about weather. It was a bizarre building designed by I.M. Pei.

Tornado creator. 

The girls just loved Aven so much. So much so that it was almost annoying because every place we went without Aven (Rocky Mountain), all they did was complain about missing her and wanting her there. She'll be in MN in April so we will reunite with her then.