We had a little too much fun on Day 5 in Durango. We started the day off with a pancake breakfast, followed by some exploration in the Mesa Verde National Park, a mini-doggie session (pics to come later), then we finished the night off with homemade smores with my sister and brother-in-law (who we owe a big thank you for driving all over the place trying to find some firewood). I have WAY too many images, so let’s just jump on in
Don’t forget to stop by Jenny’s blog for some more fun pictures as well.
I really wanted my kids to make a big mess, but Max just cried when he got some marshmallow on his hands, so he just decided to eat cold marshmallows.
Day 4 brought us only 58 miles of driving from Pagosa Springs to Durango where we’ll be spending a couple of days with my sister and her family. Since they brought their trailer (which is basically a house) and are staying on the KOA campgrounds, we decided to get a “cabin” on the grounds as well so we’re close. Well, when we showed up and walked in, our “cabin” is basically a 12 x 12 square room with a queen size bed, a bunk bed and barely enough room for Lia’s pack and play. We DO have internet, but we DON’T have tv, which would normally be cool, but the Lakers were on in Game 1 of the Finals. Thanks to my sister Michelle and her husband Fred for letting me watch the game on their tv, though. Ok, enough of that, here are my favorite shots from Day 4 (we really had a pretty lazy day)
Make sure you check out Jenny’s blog for her recap.
After dinner, Max & Ava got a little antsy, so I took them for a walk while everyone else finished up.
I love how excited Ava gets when she’s talking about something she’s passionate about. In this case, she was going on and on about the purple bike behind her.
I think my kids could swing all day, which they did. I think between the 2 parks we stopped at, the kids were on the swings for about an hour and a half.
Last Saturday we had the pleasure of hanging out with Laura and Kevin for their wedding. We started with two people in love, added great weather and a fun bridal party, then added in a trolley and 3 hours to drive around and take photos. You can imagine how much fun we had! And in case you’re not good at imagining, here are some of our favorite images from the day…
Day 3 was quite an eventful day…even though we really didn’t go that far. In fact, we were done driving by 1pm when we hit Pagosa Springs. Actually, we were definitely done driving when some dude backed into us. Oh, he had a truck. And the tailgate was down with steel rods hanging off the back, of course. No one was injured, but the license plate was knocked off. Kind of killed the itch to drive a little bit. But, this is our vacation, and even though I got a ticket for “unsafe backing” it didn’t damper our moods at all. Plus, it gave us a reason to stay in Pagosa Springs so Jenny could soak in the hot springs for a while. Here are my favorite images from day 3…
We have to start with the map, right?
But I love this series of Ava even more. I know there are a lot of pics from this series, and some are similar, but my daughter is amazing
Note: She likes to write on herself, so that’s whats on her face and arms.
We trekked a ways up with the kids to some waterfall…and I know this isn’t a picture of a waterfall, but it was taken on our way up to the waterfall.
I was trying to take a picture of the cool paintings on the walls, but Superman jumped into the frame. He really is faster than a speeding bullet
Now, for this next & final series from Day 3, I saw these cool things called “Turkish Moustaches” sold in one of those quarter vending machines inside the Malt Shoppe. Of course, my mind started going, and we just HAD to buy a couple for some portraits. I’m happy with the results
Max is so sweet. He likes to say, “I want Ava in a picture with me too!” no matter what we are doing
Well, it’s a day late, but we had no internet in our hotel….let’s see if I can remember all the amazing things we experienced on Day 2.
Here’s the Day 2 map.
Wait…no…mountains…we’re in Colorado! Apparently Eastern Colorado is a lot like Kansas. Either way, we saw this really cool old structure (this time we busted a U-turn in the middle of the highway)
Note: I’ve been playing with a blu-ish bw conversion. What do you all think?
We thought it would be neat to take the kids to Picketwire Canyonlands to see the dino prints, but we almost got stuck in the mud. Which turned out to be a blessing, because the Colorado tour guide doesn’t mention that it’s a 5.2 mile walk each way.
Since our van is not an off road vehicle, we turned around. I quickly stopped to do a portrait session with my family. Hey, we drove 25 miles off course, I had to do something right?