I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful and refreshing this trip was for us.  It was our first time seeing the Rocky Mountains and our first time going on a hike as a family of five.  We had such a great time and the views were breathtaking. We drove about eight hours to the Denver airport to pick up my brother and sister in law and their beautiful baby Charlee (see video below).  One of my favorite memories by far is looking up as we drove into Denver and seeing the white caps on the mountains. Alex and I had a moment where we just held hands and looked at each other with excitement.


Our first excursions was the Piney River Trail. We had every intention of getting to the trail however it was closed.  So we ended up doing a smaller trail right next to it.  The drive up to the Piney River Trail was worth it.  There were a few areas where the road was winding and there were steep cliffs right next to our truck.  I wasn’t so crazy about the eminent danger, but I did enjoy seeing the cliffs, the trees and even snow on the side of the road.  We of course, pulled over and Alex and the kids had a snow ball fight. It was really fun seeing snow in the middle of June. I don’t think we ever got over that.


The snow was melting away creating creeks and little waterfalls all around the mountain.  Grace loved seeing the bright green moss.

Grace refueling from her treacherous hike.  And these necklaces! Her friend Addy from church gifted her a necklace making kit for her birthday and she just loved making these in the car during our drive.

Baby Charlee and her gorgeous mama.  Gosh it was so nice to be able to hang out with these guys.  We hadn’t seen them in six months and were really missing having them close.

Haddon hurt his foot a few days before our trip so he couldn’t walk much.  We thought it would be smart to bring the jogging all-terrain stroller with us, but we were in for a rude awakening when we realized that “all terrain” didn’t necessarily mean hiking mountains.  Haddon was having the time of his life while Alex and my brother Elias did the heavy lifting. Thank God for dads!

That first day, we made our way to Vail Village where the GoPro Mountain Games were being held. Vail Village was beautiful and seeing all of the athletes compete was really cool. (see video below)

There were so many vendors at the event and it all revolved around being outdoors and exploring.  We took a minute to rest on hammocks and had bison burgers. Because when in Colorado…

We finished that day off with ice cream, naps and the biggest pot of pasta we could cook up.  We were starving and tired in the best of ways.

Here’s a video of our first part of our Colorado adventure! It would mean the world to us if you headed over and subscribed to our channel!


Here’s to Colorado adventures with with babies and to exploring this beautiful country!