WHITNEY LAKE TRAIL + HOGGING PICTURES

 

Considering the amount of pictures I share, you wouldn’t think that I label myself a “picture hogger.” I love sharing photos from our experiences, vacations and our time together as a family. However sometimes, I feel like once those pictures are out there, and shared, then the adventure has come to an end. I was that way about our New York trip, Waco trip, and my first Colorado post. Today, I’m sharing the last of my Colorado pictures. They’re my absolute favorite and I know that because it has taken me this long to post them.

Here’s the thing about trips and memories. Although I would love to hog them all and keep them to myself, they’re meant to be shared and enjoyed over and over even if it’s through this space on the Internet. I loved this trip so much. We had such an amazing time taking in the mountains, the fresh air and enjoying nature as a family. These pictures are from Whitney Lake Trail.  It was a five mile hike that took us more than three hours to complete.  It may have been four, I can’t quite recall. What I do recall, is how challenging and beautiful it was. All together, we were four adults and four kids (my brother and sister-in-love met us there).  Grace hiked the entire trail and did such an amazing job. We really were impressed with her overall stamina.

 

This guy did such a great job as well.  Five minutes into our hike, Haddon hurt his foot and Alex had to carry him the rest of the way.  It took us a while to agree on that, but he took on the challenge we were all glad he did.

Seeing mountains for the fist time was something wonderful.  Something we’re definitely not used to.

 

These two cuties.  They made this trip so much fun. 

This picture is a little blurry, but it’s an image that will forever be ingrained in my mind.  My boys, hiking. Such determination and both so handsome.

There were different times throughout this hike where my mind was so overwhelmed with nature and beauty that all I could do was stop and thank God for allowing us to witness His creation.  We were so high up the mountain and the weather was perfect.  There was also the soothing sound of running water and the breeze shuffling the leaves. It was perfect.  We were winded at times, but it was perfect.

 

We finally reached the top, which looked like a winter wonderland.  The entire area smelled like pine and Christmas and the snow was so heavy that we couldn’t get passed the log-bridge to finish the trail.  This was where we turned around and of course Alex and Grace stuck their feet in the freezing water.

 

I’ll never forget this trip to Colorado.  But, like all good things, we live through them, relish them and share them.  Here are to vacations, to family, to God’s amazing creation and to not hogging pictures!

 

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OUR COLORADO ADVENTURE | PART ONE + A VIDEO

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.

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COLORADO WITH KIDS AND A SNOWBALL FIGHT IN JUNE

 

I have such a hard time saying goodbye to vacations, specially when we had so much fun and saw  so much beauty around us. In fact, there’s a huge suitcase sitting in my kitchen right now waiting to be unpacked and I’m hesitant to unpack it because it just means that it’s really over. ugh! I guess all good things must come to and end.

For sure, visiting Colorado with our kids, has been one of the coolest things we’ve done as a family and it was completely worth driving eight hours to get there.

We went on a couple of hikes in Vail and during our first hike, we got a chance to see SNOW on the side of the mountain. It was really cool to experience snow in June. So much so, that we stopped the car and Alex and the kids had themselves a little snowball fight. The kids loved seeing and playing in the snow without tons of layers on and I loved not having to worry about them getting sick.

These pictures are from our drive to Upper Piney River Falls Trail. The trail turned out to be closed at the time, but the drive there was beautiful and completely worth it.  If you follow along on Instagram, I’m sure you caught the stories of our drive.  It was breathtaking.

Coming from Florida, where we don’t see seasons, seeing snow on the side of the mountain in the middle of June threw us for a loop. It was a little bit of an oxymoron considering the weather was incredible! Regardless, the kids climbed on the snow, Alex threw snowballs around and it was so fun for all of us.

I’ll share a bit more in the coming weeks about our trails, views, and a few tips and tricks on traveling and trailing with little ones.

I love this picture so much! Grace’s face and excitement and Haddon’s sweet smile. These kids are such troopers and so much fun to be around.

//For those of you that asked, my glasses are from Bonlook and the kids boots are these from Crocs. //

 

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