Snow Mountain Ranch is at almost 9000 ft. altitude so I really needed to get acclimated. I went on a quick hike up 9 Mile trail with Edward which wasn't really 9 miles.
The aspen trees were cool.
The next day Bridget & I spent a couple of hours in Hot Sulpher Springs soaking in some minerals. Then I somewhat negated the effects with a 2.5 hour hike with the girls up to a waterfall wearing bad sandals, ie. no cushion. Live and learn is what I always say! John & Edward went to see the Colorado Rockies play in Denver.
We arrived back home Saturday from a very eventful trip to Colorado. I was so glad to be home after a long trip squished in the car, BUT I am sad our maybe last vacation is over. We managed to see 7 more of the 1000 things you're supposed to see before you die on this trip - we had already seen several in Colorado on other trips, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
On the way out, we stopped in DesMoines to see our friends, the Karadsheh's. We had a carrot cake there from Trader Joe's that I shall never forget. Oh, and of course, it was AWESOME to see them!
The next day, we stopped in Nebraska to see some trail ruts from the Oregon Trail. The ruts are still in the ground from the wagon trains. A small walk along them was enough, I am glad we have cars now.
Even though the bubble gum they used for this contest wasn't the greatest, they still had fun just because they were together at a picnic in the summer. Things like that are always true of the people at Monroe Community Church.
We were up by Wabassis Lake last weekend and John, who is always on the lookout for wildlife, heard about the eagle there. We found the nest first, and then spotted the eagle in all its glory! Amazing!
So here is a little taste of the things moms do to pass the time downtown when their daughters are at the concert. This was after supper and before the checker game that we played with stuff in our purses. Seriously though, we had fun hanging out!
Last week Thursday, my friend Cathy and I tried to pull a fast one on our daughters, Emily & Bridget. We took them out to a restaurant NEXT to the VanAndel Arena where Taylor Swift just happened to be having a concert. We told them we were going to go look at the tour bus. Cathy gave an envelope with tickets to the hostess at the restaurant who surprised them with it. I don't know if they look stunned or not.
Anyway, they were beyond excited to go! Cathy & I walked around downtown and ate a leisurely supper during the concert - something we hardly ever get a chance to do! We ended up hearing all about the concert at a midnight-ish trip to IHOP! We even talked about our very first outing, cooking chili.