MIMI and GRANDPA visited COLORADO!!! YAY!!! We had a fabulous time! So they arrived on a Thursday evening in the middle of March Madness, therefore of course we had to watch lots of B-Ball! It was touch and go for a short while, because most of the games were televised according to region and DUKE was not showing in the Western Regions. Near catastrophe, Mimi and Grandpa almost got back on the plane. But we were albe to watch Duke on the computer. And it snowed, just what they were looking forward to, more snow! But we had fun hanging out at the hotel, the kids swam in the pool and what would a visit from Mimi be without a little shopping. Ailish went all out with new Converse All-Stars. Liam got all skatertastic (phrase coined by Young, Melody, FB 4/18/10) with new Vans and a flat bill hat. He still hasn’t taken them off.
So Sunday we rented a car and headed even further west. First we stopped in at the Dillon Dam Brewery for a Dam Beer; it was Dam good! Then we drove on to Glenwood Springs for a good soak in the hot springs pool. Vera nice, vera nice.
The next day we kept on trucking to Moab, Utah. Many sights were seen. Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park…it was just unbelieveable. Knocked Grandpa’s socks off!! I think everyone’s favorite was Dead Horse Point (despite the story behind the name, which I will not repeat, just know it is not a pretty story). We found the sun in Moab, Monday was a tank top day even! Tuesday was kind of windy. We headed back on Wednesday driving along the Colorado River.
We were exhausted after all the site seeing but that didn’t stop us from getting back in the car on Thursday with the compass turned north to Estes Park. We stopped to see if any ghosties were tip toeing around at the Stanley Hotel and none were to be found. And then we did a drive through Rocky Mtn National Park. We did find the Elk, loads of them!
Friday morning was a bit sad as it was time for Mom and Dad to head home. We drove them to the airport and shed as few tears as possible. But I think we had such a great time, it won’t be long till they come back.
For the McAndrews can sit still very long as you all know to well, we turned that car around on Saturday morning and headed straight back up the mountain to visit Friend Marissa! We just relaxed Saturday night by the fire, watching a movie accompanied by beer and sushi. Sunday morning, Marissa being the adventurous soul that she is, took the kids skiing at Keystone!! Sean and I did not go, as to preserve the knee for all out pow pow skiing next winter. We did head out on a nice snow hike, it must have be 45 – 50 degrees out and the sun shining brilliantly.