Sunday, July 29, 2012

Totally High in Colorado

Okay, not really, but you'd have thought so every evening when the kids got the sillies until J threatened them with random threats until they finally went to sleep. We got back this week from our 5-day family vacation to  southwestern Colorado, where we hiked in Mesa Verde; silver mined in Silverton; and river rafted, alpine slid, ziplined, bungee trampolined, and more in Durango. (Note:  all pics were taken on our phones since we forgot to bring our camera with.)

On our way to our first stop, we swung by the (totally uneventful) 4 corners in order to hand over our $3 a person to use some disgusting port-a-potties and to take these lovely pics:

Our first stop was Mesa Verde, where we actually were high in Colorado. I remembered visiting when I was a kid and thinking the ruins were amazing, but I'd forgotten how breathtaking the views were and how high the mesa was. We stayed that first night in the park and ate at the Far View Terrance, which was aptly named.

  The tram ride to the Long House trail was one of H's favorite parts of the day.

After Mesa Verde, we headed to Durango, where we stayed the rest of the trip at the fabulous Marriott Residence Inn, where we made good use of their hot tub, pool, sport court, and hot breakfast, and where J and I nightly praised the existence of the separate bedroom for the wild and crazy kids. 

Durango was our home base for river rafting (this picture is not of us, unfortunately, because we couldn't take our camera on the raft and their photographer was gone the day we rafted).

And for the day trip to Silverton, where we went on a mine tour, which Sweetie didn't like because it was a cool 47 degrees in the mine. We also planned on renting a jeep, but couldn't find one available. 
 And we spent some time at the Durango Mountain Resort, trying our hand at the alpine slide, the mechanical bull, the bungee trampolines, and the zipline.
 Getting ready for the zipline (H did not participate, but sported the helmut nicely). Look closely and you can see Mister half way there on the next pic:

We had a great time and would gladly be high in Colorado again someday.


melanie said...

FuN!! I may pick your brain more about this trip... sounds like stuff our family would love to do too. So the river rafting trip was okay for Henry? What a blast!

bluestocking mama said...

Melanie, Yes, the river rafting trip was great for Henry. He loved it! The rafting company we went with was the only one of the many I called who would take a 3-year-old. They said if a certain set of rapids were too big, they'd have a van meet us before them, take him out, and then meet us after and put him back in. But they ended up with a low water year this year--not much snow and record heat in May, so the rapids weren't very big and he stayed in.