The day started out a lot different then we expected, as we were awoken by Angel calling us and asking if we were ready. It was after 9am here and the babies were still sleeping! That never happens, but boy were we grateful. I went ahead and got up when she called and took my shower, while I was getting ready, she got there. We haven’t seen Angel since she came home for Becca and Gabe’s graduation, and I was super excited to see my baby girl! I wish I could say she was as excited to see me, but she wasn’t… She was more excited to see the babies. I mean really who could blame her. Courtney was up when she got there, and while she smiled at her big sister, she didn’t want Angel to hold her, but really Courtney doesn’t want anyone other than me to hold her anyways. But the real joy was when Carson woke up and he saw Angel. He immediately started smiling and curled up in her lap and laid his head on her and wouldn’t move for a good ten minutes. That made her day!
After we all showered, packed back up, dropped our “stuff” off at our next hotel, Ramada, we were on our way to Dillion reservoir to feed the chipmunks. We did make a quick stop at Wal Mart to pick up food for a picnic lunch and some diapers. The drive was really uneventful when we started up the mountains, but we soon learned that it is time for new front brakes on the first steep decline. I was so scared, every time Patrick hard braked the van shook and made this awful noise! I was so thankful when we finally got to Dillion!
It has been a few years since we were here, and I remember how many of the pine trees were dead due to a beetle, it appears that the state, city or who ever went about trying to remove a lot of those dead trees and it really is a sad sight. So many piles of dead trees, so much open space. Even at the spot for chipmunk feeding, I would estimate that 90% of the trees are gone. Which, I completely understand why they need to clear them out, but it is still sad….
We fed the Chipmunks our sunflower seeds, then drove down to the lake, and had a lovely picnic lunch. Carson shocked us all by going up and down the slide repeatedly all by his self! The drive back to Denver was awful, the traffic was literally at a stand still. For about 2 hours we didn’t go faster than 35 miles per hour, and that was because we went to the frontage road! It took us 3 hours to get back the hotel. All in all though it was fun to go see the mountains, have a picnic, feed chipmunks and spend the day with my family.
We had every intention of going swimming that evening at the new hotel’s pool, but sadly that didn’t happen, you can read why in the review post of the Ramada. Since that wasn’t an option any longer, we decided to let Carson take a really long bath and pretend that was the pool. He loved it!
Tomorrow is the zoo! I can’t wait!