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Snapshots From a Family Vacation

Posted on: June 28, 2012

We spent last week in Colorado. Our sweet friend, Amanda, got married to a really great guy, Matt.

{Amanda had tulips at her wedding in memory of our dear friend Brittney}

This was the first time either Jonathan, John Clark or I had ever been to Colorado. We had the chance to stay in Loveland with our friends Jason and Leah, and their three kids.

Our first stop in Colorado was just outside of Colorado Springs, at the Garden of the Gods.

Garden of the Gods is this beautiful, unique area that has large boulders scattered throughout. All a bit random, I couldn’t help but wonder what the Native Americans and subsequent settlers thought about the area. I got a very Stonehenge feel of the place.

After we visited the Garden, we drove further west toward Pike’s Peak. Pike’s Peak is one of the most accessible mountains in the country. Easy to drive up {unless your fear of heights kicks in}, you are able to scale the 14,115 foot mountain in about 45 minutes.

The area leading up to Pike’s is breath taking.

It’s certainly a view I wouldn’t mind seeing daily.

The peak itself? Well, that’s a whole other story.

Once we reached the top, Jonathan began having symptoms of altitude sickness. Lighted headed. Nausea. Shortness of breath. We stayed at the top long enough to take the girls to the bathroom, me to snap one photo and him to vomit. Awesome.

{Frankly, I was a little scared of being so high up – especially with the girls – that this was as close to the edge as I got}

We came back down the mountain, but sadly, Jonathan’s altitude sickness did not fully subside. He spent the next two days in misery {headaches, breathing issues, etc} while John Clark, the kids and I continued to traipse about the foothills.

John Clark, the kids and I, spent a day in Estes Park visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.

The drive up there alone, is worth the experience. It’s everything I imagined a mountain side journey to be.

This was by far one of my favorite places. I’ve wanted to go to RMNP since I was a little girl. Seeing pictures in history books, hearing stories from other travelers, I just knew I was going to love it. In fact, once we saw the entrance sign, I may or may not have started giggling like a little school girl. {Note my ridiculously smiley face}

The Rockies did not disappoint.

{This is a photo I imagine being played in a slide projector when the kids are adults and we talk about family vacations}

Sadly, the entire time we were at RMNP, Jonathan was back at Estes Park fighting off his altitude sickness. By this point, it came in slow waves, but was still pretty unbearable.

The next day, we decided that Jonathan should go to the ER. He went on his own, while I hung out with our friends at the house. Despite not being able to go back into the mountains, the kids had a blast playing, while Leah and I spent time chatting away like old times. It ended up being a much needed rest time for us all.

Jonathan came back from the hospital feel much better. They had given him an IV to help rehydrate {one of the most helpful cures for altitude sickness is water/hydration}, along with some pain medication for a severely sore throat. Once he was home, we hit the road to tour Boulder.

Boulder was hands down my favorite town. In fact, I facebooked this ::


Boulder was everything I love about Austin {a big city feel, but still compact} but with mountains. I mean, really, who doesn’t what an mountain view? The scenery was beautiful. The people were friendly. The food was amazing. Everything about it I just loved. Sadly, we didn’t spend nearly the amount of time there I would have liked.

We did find a really great park, where Julia and I explored while Hannah, Jonathan and John Clark played soccer.

This is one of my favorite photos from the entire trip. I went to snap Julia’s picture, right as she pointed to some prairie dogs. The photo came out perfectly. It was such a wonderful time, walking the path of the foothills with my {all too big} baby girl, spotting prairie dogs {a first for us both}, watching parasailers, and talking about how great God is to make such a beautiful place.

The next two days, I spent in the Denver area either preparing for Amanda’s wedding, or being at the church for the wedding.

It was such a blessing to share that moment with Matt and Amanda, and to be there as a support for Amanda. And as an added perk, I got to spend time with old friends who I hadn’t seen many years.

We left for home right after the wedding celebration. Jonathan actually caught a plane to New York {I’ll tell you more tomorrow}, while John Clark and I piled the kids in the car and set off for Austin. It was a long drive home, but we made it back safely.

While there were hiccups along the way, and we didn’t perhaps do as much as we had planned during our stay, I loved Colorado. Loved the scenery, loved being with old friends, and loved sharing this new experience with my sweet kids, husband and brother. It was most definitely a vacation that produced lasting memories.

What is your most memorable vacation?

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9 Responses to "Snapshots From a Family Vacation"

I got to live in Estes Park for a summer with LT–most awesome place ever! I loved RMNP–glad you got to visit!

Oooh! I’ve never been to Colorado, but I would love love love to go. l love your description of it.
My most memorable family vacation would probably be the ski trip that Andrew and I took with my family shortly before we got engaged. It was the 1st time he really got to hang out with my family…a special time.

We miss you guys already!!

The pics are breathtaking! Looks like u guys had a blast! My sis moved out near Boulder and i have yet to visit her! Guess we should!

Such a lovely vacation! I love Estes Park and the Rocky Mtn National Park. We visited in September when the Aspens were bright yellow and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

What a view!! Sounds like quite the adventure. So glad you got to celebrate with your friends. 🙂

What a fun vacation (despite the altitude sickness poor Jonathan)! I love the photo of you at the RMNP sign and the one of Julia. Your family is beautiful! I’m sure the kids will love looking at these photos as adults. We did a lot road trips through the South as kids but never up north. Though, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Colorado and it is indeed beautiful! I hope to go back soon because my sister and her fiance just bought a house in Denver.

Sounds like you had a lovely vacation, despite Jonathon’s illness. Your children are just beautiful and I’m loving your long shiny hair in these photos!! 🙂 Hope you’re doing well. What are you feeding that boy of yours? Holy cow, he’s grown!

Blessings friend,
~Rosann

I’m jealous and so glad you got to go! 😉 I really miss Colorado and all the friends that live there! My favorite vacations have definitely been the camping trips to the mountains. Hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer!

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