I present the 2nd and final installment of my notes/travel diary.
I spent an entire hour earlier today uploading photos one at a time, only to have them evaporate. Sigh. I will try again, but if anyone knows of a way to upload a batch of photos at once to Typepad, let me know. Looks like it can be done for albums or thumbnail galleries. After the travel posts I hereby strive to be a one photo per post blogger.
Onward . . .
I discovered could be an outdoorsy sort of person in Colorado. In two weeks we swatted just one mosquito and never, ever had a tick or saw poison ivy. This called for a trip to the Denver REI for clothing that gave us confidence.
The sticker shock at check out subsided over the course of our stay when I realized the value of sun protection hats. quick-cool clothing, and convertible hiking pants. Totally worth it.
Never, ever, hike three hours down a mountain on the 2nd day in high altitude. Even if I had been in shape, it was still over-ambitious. These photos help me remember the beauty rather than the pain in my calves that lasted for days and days.
Five might be a delightful age in many respects but not ideal for long hikes. Too big for a backpack, to little for much endurance. Good thing Daddy and big sisters have strong shoulders!
Fly fishing, horseback riding, ice skating, or bungee jumping. The kids still can't decide what they liked the best. Maybe next year.
Next year, remember to do the ropes course in Vail!
You longed to go to Europe but had to stay stateside. Hello Vail! Looks just like Bavaria but without Cathedrals and quaint country churches.
Good thing this scat game was not for sale in the gift shop or they would have begged to buy one.
When you've made it to the top, sit quietly and listen. Then pray & sing.
Combining a Suzuki music institute with a family vacay was a fantastic combination. The group rate on a three bedroom condo in a luxury community wasn't exactly cheap, but less than half of the going rate. We scored two story end unit, freshly remodeled, with housekeeping. They even did the dishes!
Even when we only had three kids I could never wrap my mind around the logistics and finances of attending a summer Suzuki Institute like this. I have no idea what made me think we could do it with five children, but we did, thanks to my husband's hard work providing for the family and the help of the amazing D.! Having a third adult as a parent helper made all the difference. We are so grateful she was in a position to help us out!
All the trouble of sending in an audition recording for the Solo Honors Recital was worth it. I am not sure how many of the nearly 300 young musicians auditioned, but 16 were chosen for the recital and two of them were mine. Yes, we were bursting with pride & joy.
Square dancing is definitely the next best thing to English country dancing. And so much more fun when your daughter is fiddling.
Always hang out with parents who have been there before. On family fun night they know what the best booths are and which lines will be the longest.
When the best pizza in town takes nearly an hour wait, sit outside on the patio near the splash fountain.
If you find one of these laying around your rental, don't mistake it for a take-out menu. It's Colorado.
Dear Colorado - we are still suffering from withdrawal!