Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Family Vacation 2012

Our family recently took a big trip to Estes Park, Colorado!  We had an awesome time!  Here's some highlights from our trip...

 Our first stop (besides lunch...that was Coyote Bluff Cafe in Amarillo, TX.  Great burgers.) was Santa Fe, NM.  We decided to stay over-night here on our way up.

This is the train station.

This is the hotel where we stayed.  It was very nice.  Santa Fe Motel & Inn.  It's within walking distance of the train station and the Plaza.  It was clean, authentic, had a GREAT free breakfast, and the staff was super nice and helpful.

The walkway outside our room.

Our next stop was the Pecos National Historical Park in Pecos, NM.  We had fun exploring the ruins of the church.

 Our next stop was Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO.  I can't even describe how amazing this place is.  It's a must-see.

Our cabin in Estes Park, CO!  We stayed at Paradise on the River RV Park.  It's conveniently located west of town near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The cabins were small for a family of 5 but very clean and well kept.  And even though our neighbors were super close it was still really quiet!

Estes Park on busy Memorial Day.

The girls signing up for the Junior Ranger program

Upper Beaver Meadows

Sprague Lake

Rainbow Curve - it was high and cold here.  Very high and very cold.  Not sure why L doesn't have her jacket on.

 Hidden Valley

We found snow at Hidden Valley!


 Lawn Lake Flood/Alluvial Fan - This. Place. Was. Awesome!  We even went back a second time.

We had so much fun climbing on the rocks!

Big Horn Sheep!

 Mule Deer!

We took a day trip down to Idaho Springs, CO to tour the Argo Gold Mine.

Seriously, spend the extra $6 to do the Gems.  The girls had so much more fun finding gems than gold.

Graduating from the Junior Ranger Program!

Fishing at Trout Haven Pond




Another elk.  He was a big one.

 Our last night in Colorado.  This was one of the most beautiful things we've ever seen.

There it is!  I only took about 300 photos on this trip so this is really only a few.  We had a great time and we're looking forward to our next trip, Disneyland 2013!

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