Monday, October 21, 2013

"We're the Bottle Kings"

I already shared this on facebook, so many of you have probably already seen it. It's just so darn cute though, that you should watch it again. And if you haven't seen it, it's the cutest.

Reliving Vacation?: More phone photos just discovered...

Monument Valley through the windshield -- this was a favorite and somehow I missed it when I uploaded photos before!

I'm still working on getting Chris' photos. Here are a few that were hiding on my phone all this time. Hot Cocoa at "The Bean" in Gunnison the first morning we were there. It was chilly outside!

In Gunnison, Noah enjoying a well-deserved granola bar on a bench by the river along a 5-mile path through the country. He rode his own bike the whole way!

One more from outside Telluride.

I know, Colorado seems like ancient history. Especially when it's still in the eighties here most afternoons. But I wanted to have something to share today and well, these are some awesome ones that were missed before. So here you go!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Durango-Silverton Train to the Pumpkin Patch!

Definitely the highlight of the trip for my train-loving little boys, this children's special event on the Durango-Silverton train was such a lucky find. We got on the train and rode a half hour to the outskirts of town where there was a little pumpkin festival all set up for the children on the train. We played games, picked out pumpkins, went on a hayride, trick-or-treated, wrote letters to the great pumpkin, and of course, rode on a train!

I have to warn you that I may have gone a little overboard on photos here, but if you're reading this blog then my guess is that you love seeing these ridiculously adorable little boys and will wait the extra time for the page to load, right?

 Headed out to the "pumpkin patch." Silly me, I thought we were really going to a pumpkin patch, but a little fair was pretty great too.

A big trough filled with corn. The kids sunk in kind of like quick sand (only a few inches though).

Picking out a pumpkin a the end of the straw bale maze

A hayride where I accidentally dropped my purse off the side and had to get the man driving the tractor to stop. How embarrassing.

A more sanitary version of bobbing for apples? I was super happy there were apples and not just candy since I forgot to pack snacks!

Cutest Batman Ever

An Arizona stagecoach

Attempting to get a portrait but I couldn't get them to look at me!

More attempts, and still no glances in my direction.

Wes checking out the train coming to pick us up.

Helping daddy carry the pumpkin, which was "very heavy"

Dictating a letter to the great pumpkin

Through the window of the train
The train trip was the last bit of our awesome Colorado trip. We had a great time and we can't wait to go back. Maybe in the summer next time. Those of us who think it is chilly when the temperature goes below 85 were feeling a little chilly in Gunnison!

Oh, and no, I did not manage to take any photos while were were in Gunnison, the destination of our trip. Not sure what happened there, but I did take a couple with Chris' camera and will try to get my hands on those to show you.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Yurt in Mancos

After Telluride we stopped at the top of Lizard Head Pass for some snow play. These Tucson boys were pretty excited about it, especially because we had a handy-dandy snow chucker along with us that Noah chose at REI, not realizing at the time exactly what it was.

 After our Telluride Gondola and snow adventures we headed down to Mancos State Park (in between Cortez, CO and Durango, CO) to spend the night in a campground where they have a lovely little yurt for rent. Chris said it was the first time he'd ever stayed in a yurt. It may have been true for me too. It was warm and cozy, but still felt a tiny bit like camping (at least we were in our sleeping bags, even if our feet were pointed toward a little furnace).

Can you spot the sleepy boys?

Telluride Gondola Adventure

The lovely (slightly snooty) town of Telluride now has a gondola to ferry people from downtown up into one of the subdivisions up the mountain. It's free, and so how could we possibly resist?!

A little cafe balcony, from my favorite restaurant in Telluride
 You can tell from the boys faces that they are super excited to be on the Gondola, and also that they may not have been quite that high in the air before.

I didn't take long though, to realize it was awesome.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Colorado Trip :: Mostly landscapes

The views on this trip were absolutely amazing. So rare to see a blanket of snow along with vibrant fall colors. Our timing couldn't have been better. I have some posts coming that are all about the fun things we did with the boys, but here are some of the landscapes we saw along the way, especially along the road from Telluride to Dolores. Wow.

Okay, they're a little out of order. This next one is the Blue Mesa lake just outside Gunnison.

And now from Ridgeway to Telluride

And from the car window, just on the way into Telluride.

And now the way down to Dolores.

You can even see the moon in the next photo. Can you believe those colors? We must have stopped the car for photos at least 5 times in an hour.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Update from Colorado

I had intentions of posting every day, but alas, no wifi. Here's a quick photo of the road toward telluride.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Colorado Adventure :: day 1

This drive across the beautiful Navajo country felt so familiar and amazing today. I think it's been almost 8 years since I've been that way, although it was a common journey before that. San Juan river trips and visits to Colorado and southern Utah. I can't believe it's been so long. The boys were excited to see sheep and horses, and especially to dip their toes in the San Juan river.

A place where erosion on the riverbank made an interesting hole.

Driving a train (above) and a tractor (below) at one of the best playgrounds ever, in Dolores, CO.

And to top it all off, a field full of dandelions all ready to blow, with fall-colored leaves in the background. Does it get any better than this?

 A view of the Dolores.