So instead, we decided to use the prearranged days off for a little family trip, which included our friends, KF, AF and SF, as well as AF's good friend, AB. There were ten of us in all and so we rented a roomy condo just north of Durango, Colorado and spent a long weekend up there together.
This was our first family trip without a member of our family, but overall, we had a good break from the day-to-day and the summer heat of New Mexico. It's beautiful up in Colorado and even though I much prefer the coast to the mountains, from where we are, the mountains are a lot more convenient. So I'll take it!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite scenic shots from the trip. I hope you won't mind...
|That's our condo on the left there and all of us spent abundant time on the large deck, enjoying the scenery.|
|Wildflowers coated just about every open space we encountered in Colorado, but most prolific were the dandelions!|
|I'm not sure what these were, but we kept seeing the little pods and finally, KF spotted this one beginning to open.|
|Many of the dandelions were XL!|
|I took this on an evening walk near the condo.|
|This one, too.|
|Sunset our final evening.|
|We didn't ride the train in either Durango or Silverton, but it is a big feature there so we saw many of them while we were out and about.|
|Our big adventure was white water rafting in the Animas River. C and I have been before, but it was a first for the kids.|
|It was a great time for all! Watch the video below for a little sample of our nearly four-hour journey.|
P.S. Happy Birthday to my mom earlier this week and to my sister-in-law, AA, today! I'm behind on many things -- but know that you were on my mind this week as you celebrate.