Monday, June 23, 2008

Yogi Bear: Part III

The thing we learned on our recent adventure to Estes Park, Colorado, is that when traveling with our two small children, for every 30-42 minutes of fun there will always follow 10-12 minutes of tantrums, crying or general meltdowns. So while yes, it was a totally fun getaway, it was also a lot of work. A lot. I guess the old saying of "You can't make all the people happy all of the time" really stands true for our two specific people.

But at the end of the day we had a really great vacation. I think I'll just try and forget the tantrums and meltdowns and focus on the fun we crammed into our 48 hour getaway!

The Getaway Car

Blue suckers make everyone happyHappy Kids (check out our load in the we have a Thule on top!)

We arrive in Estes -- quick stop at the visitor's center for maps and such

This cool river flowed through the whole town
and had various wading points throughout
Cute water statue with a boot

Chasing butterflies (and each other) in one of the
many cute little parks throughout the town
Family snapshot (do I look freakishly excited or what?)

These boys (all 3) are so handsome

Jackson and I playing chase

More games of chase -- isn't it gorgeous here!?
Reminded us a lot of Washington

So handsome

Yep, this one too

Seriously, do you see that white speck? It is a butterfly that they chased
around for about 15 minutes. It was totally playing with them!

Stopping to smell the flowers

Time for some dogs at our cabin

We rented this cute little one room cabin at Jellystone Campground. It was really awesome. Very clean. Very accommodating. The boys loved it. The folks who ran the place were also super nice. We would totally stay there again.
This is our cute little porch. Look who forgot plates. Duh.

Me, teaching Jackson who to cook a dog. It actually was a comedy of errors just trying to get the dang fire lit. We are not outdoorsmen.

Family shot

Forget the s'mores, H just wanted the graham.

Getting ready to ride the tram up the mountainUm, yeah, check out Holden's nose. He took a tumble in our cabin, got a nose-rug burn, and now has a nose similar to the one he had just after he was born.
Soon there will be a dangling chad to contend with.

TramUnloading from the tram, the mountain awaits

Checking out the chipmunks (chick-monks as my boys pronounce it)

From the peanut gallery

Cool view from the top of the mountain
View of The Stanley Hotel from the mountain (This is the hotel from "The Shining")
We actually visited the hotel later in the day and it was lovely...
what we saw of it before one of those aforementioned tantrums took us back to the car

Yep, he's hand-feeding the chipmunk! This is the only place in the park you can do so.
It was so neat to see the little critters come right up to you and beg for nuts!
(though a wee bit creepy, too, to have those little critters so close to your feet)

View from the top of the tram

Me and the boys...yes, my transformation to "mom" is now
officially complete -- I'm wearing capris and sneakers...sigh...
The boys

Super-strong mom and her super-strong babe

A lovely little warbler I got a decent shot of

View from our campground

Holden and Yogi having a chat

A friendly little game of air hockey...
Shawn's and my game was not quite as friendly (but he won, I admit it)

At the playground

Playing around in our cute little cabin

Preparing to meet Yogi...
Meeting Yogi!
The man of the hour

A quick stop in Lyons for an awesome cup of Joe -- great shop,very
environmentally friendly, yummy breakfast, nice folks and great coffee!

So, as you can see, a totally jam-packed, fun filled weekend. We were packed in the car and heading home by 9AM Sunday morning. The fun can only last so long!

In addition to the activities in the pictures above, we also:
  • Rode a four person bicycle
  • Drove race cars
  • Took a mini train ride
  • Played 6 games of mini golf ("Golf-to-Golf" Jackson calls it...we have no idea why)
  • Ate really good pizza at "Bob and Tony's Pizza"
  • Ate really good burgers at "Penelope's"
  • Drank really bad coffee at The Stanley hotel
  • Let the kids pick out whatever candy they wanted at the candy store
  • Waded in the creek
  • Got really dirty
  • Laughed at each other and with each other and near each other


Katie said...

OMG! So jealous you went to Estes! I haven't been there in 10 years and after looking at your list, I'm astounded the same places are still there! Love Bob & Tony's, the Stanley (ambience is wonderful), the tram, and overall the general feel of EP! Did you make it to the Taffy Factory? Best salt water taffy ever, in my opinion! I'd never seen the wading spots on the Thompson River there, but that river scares the bejesus outta me. Might just be the stories from people who survived the flood in the 70's, or might just be me. And yes, the chipmunks are outrageous there, will steal food out of your hand if you don't watch them! So glad you and the boys (all 3 of them) got to see such a wonderful little town! NExt time, go on up to Rocky Mtn Natl. Park and see some of the really cool wildlife and sights from up there! Amazing country and I so miss it some days!

Clover said...

Fantastic pictures! (I love your plan for the vintage pix too. Cool idea!) Sounds like a really wonderful trip. :)