Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kenosha Pass, Georgia Pass & Breckenridge Pt. 2

Our fun family day took us over Kenosha Pass and Georgia Pass and concluded in Breckenridge, a ski resort located about an hour and a half west of us. As the dirt road met the paved road coming into Breckenridge, we stopped at an historic site. We found an old gold-dredging boat dating back to the 1890's. I never knew there was such a thing!!!

After grabbing a buffalo chicken pizza from Northside Pizza, we jumped on the gondola...

We rode the gondola (this one is taken from inside) which happened to be a 25 minute ride with 3 stops and 3 turns along the way. I've never ridden such a long gondola with so many stops. It was pretty cool. The very last stop was where the Fun Area is with the Alpine Slide, putt-putt and a bunch more summer and winter activities. We didn't get off and play because we were the last to get on the gondola before they shut down for the day and weren't prepared to hike all the way down! By the way, did I mention that Ike is afraid of heights? He tolerates these things pretty well but doesn't like for anyone to stand or move around while we are in transit. To put it mildly, It Freaks Him Out!

By the way, Breckenridge is one of the prettiest towns I've ever been to. The residences and businesses have spent a lot of time and money making it a town you want to come to for either a romantic getaway or a family vacation and in any season. I've been here a few times at different times of the year and it is one of my favorite local spots. And it is way more affordable than our other local celebrity hangouts like Vail or Aspen, where even the fast food can be expensive!

After walking around town a bit, we decided we needed some icecream...

I realized just now I really should have taken before and after pictures...I think she had more on her face than she actually ingested!

Oh, I'm sorry. Am I interrupting your waffle cone and cupcake icecream moment? What a look!!!

And the local wildlife are always looking for a handout!

As we were walking back to the truck, the kiddos decided they wanted to go bouldering in the river. It was kind of hard as a mom to watch them jumping from wet rock to wet rock, but there is always a part of me that wants them to enjoy life without taking into accout my fear. I have noticed that kids like to give their mother's heart attacks and strokes. They even think it is funny.

They crossed the river 4 or 5 times.

And as they became bolder bouldering...there's a tongue twister for you...the funnier the situation became. I knew it was a matter of time before one of them took a plunge into that frigid, icy, straight out of the mountain, water. And guess what?
It was just a matter of time! What a laugh! The kiddos had a blast, and Ike had a change of clothes and an extra pair of shoes waiting for him. (We like to come prepared because we never know what situation we will find ourselves in)!

As we headed home, we passed Lake Dillon and saw some boaters, a family and their dog playing in the water and enjoying the beautiful day, as well. Ya gotta love the diversity of Colorado!

Did I mention Colorado has 300 sunny days a year?

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