Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Estes Park!

We were so lucky to be able to go back to the cabin in Estes Park this past June. We had a great time, and it was truly a relaxing vacation. We were unplugged in the cabin, with no TV, internet, or cell phone service in the cabin. I even read a book for fun (The Help)! We spent our days climbing the boulders around the cabin, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, and looking around the shops and eating ice cream in Estes Park. Olsen loved bouldering around the cabin and called one gathering of boulders his "fort" where he would carry pine cones and sticks within the boulders.

Our cabin
our cabin!

Olsen in the boulders
Olsen, on his boulders

Olsen gets ready to shuffleboard
Olsen shuffleboarding at the cabin

Jovie baby holding her feet
strolling around Lily Lake

The only unfortunate incident was that Jovie ended up having pink-eye the entire trip! It was going around Olsen's daycare. Olsen never had it, but we are assuming he must have passed it on somehow. We went to a pediatrician in town and had drops to put in her eyes. It was like baby torture putting those drops in her eyes.

Jovie on a boulder 3
Jovie, looking cute but with slightly swollen pink-eyes!

Olsen did a great job hiking. One day, we might have pushed him a little too much. We went to the Bear Lake region of RMNP and hiked around Bear Lake, which is only about half a mile around. Then from there we hiked up to Nymph Lake, which is about 3/4 a mile uphill. Olsen got a little tired going up to Nymph Lake but was happy to run around the lake and was fine hiking back down. While we were in the Bear Lake area, since it can be an ordeal to get to due to construction, we decided to also hike to Alberta Falls, which was another mile uphill. Olsen got tired on the way to the Falls but he loved the actual falls because there are a lot of rocks to climb all around. Then we had to hike back down to catch the shuttle to our car. Overall, he did really well and we ended up hiking to four different water falls on our trip.

Hiking in the Wild Basin
Our hiker

The sleeping baby blowing a bubble
Jovie, the sleeping hiker.

Family picture - Bear Lake, RMNP
Family picture at Bear Lake

Family picture at Alberta Falls 1
Alberta Falls. Jovie is sleeping.

Family Picture at the Alluvial Fan 1
Alluvial fan

Olsen also became a junior ranger. It was fun to see that he is now old enough to participate in the junior ranger activities. We went to two ranger talks, one about beavers and the other at the Junior Ranger Headquarters about nocturnal animals. He was very cute when he tried to answer the Park Ranger's questions. He got his badge and took an oath to protect the Park from harm.

Playing the game [something] and Moth
Olsen getting blindfolded for a game with the other Junior Rangers.

Olsen was also old enough to go to the little fun park place in Estes Park, where they have huge slides and bumper cars. I thought the slides looked a little scary, but he was not afraid to go down.

Olsen and Dadda together on the slides 4
giant slides!

Olsen and Dadda get ready for Go-Karting
go-karts with Daddy!

My favorite place in  Estes Park is the Baldpate Inn. It's this really old bed and breakfast close to Lily Lake in RMNP. They have a brunch buffet that consists of soups, three different types of salads, and lots of breads. They had these peanut butter muffins that were so good.

The Baldpate has the largest collection of keys in the world!

We had a really great time. We are wishing and hoping that we might be able to use the cabin again in a few years. We had one bad incident on the drive back, where Olsen ended up throwing up everywhere all over his car seat. It was very gross, and we ended up staying the night in Rock Springs, WY because of it, blech.

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