Monday, December 29

Rocky Mountain National Park

The weekend before Joey's accident we were road trippin' through Rocky Mountain National Park. It was weeks later before I even downloaded the photos to my laptop. Then another week before we even looked at them. So I guess it's no surprise it's months before I get around to blogging about it. BUT...In order to fully experience our drive through Rocky Mountain National Park with us, you must first turn up the stereo. If you're reading this through a reader I tried to embed the music player but it wouldn't work, so if you want to get the full experience you'll have to take that extra click to get you there, to my actual site. I know..the horror. But I like to think it's worth it.

Starting point, our guest room at The Longbranch Restaurant in Granby, CO:
The Longbranch Restaurant & guest rooms

Lake Granby, outside the park
Lake Granby

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road to the top of the World

Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Clean up for lunch
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Rocky Mtn Nat Park

While everyone else gets ready to eat, Jewel can't put down her new caterpillar friend.
Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Stopped at another creek:
Rocky Mtn Nat Park

This is where I make them stop what they're doing and smile for the camera
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Rocky Mtn Nat Park

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Hike to the bridge:
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Notice the Swift Water sign?

I had an ambush waiting for me once I reached the bridge:
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Kick off your shoes...
Rocky Mountain slippers

We've got more exploring to do..
Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Jewel's getting brave.
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Maybe not.
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The boys are tough, though...they can handle it. they can handle anything.
Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Well......maybe not Jake...
Rocky Mtn Nat Park

Just don't go past that big rock.
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Not a problem for some.
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But of course he can't let his little brother out do him.
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Jonas up to his neck in melted Rocky Mountain snow.
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Wearing a shirt made the water somehow less cold, he says.

He felt so good about himself he allowed a photo.
All dried up

We went to Moraine Park Museum next, where we edumacated ourselves on glaciers and mountains and Indians and buffalo and.....and....
Moraine park Museum

We bypassed Estes park and planned on heading home. Then we saw Lily Lake.
Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Lily Lake trail
Who could resist?
Lily Lake

By the time everyone figured out it was longer than they thought, it was too late..they couldn't turn back. Jewel didn't mind at all.
Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Lily Lake

Even Jonas caught the fun walking bug.
Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Lily Lake

Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Lily Lake
I could follow these people forever.

Lily Lake trail

Every once in a while though I get a: Are you coming?
Rocky Mtn Nat Park, Lily Lake trail
I could have stayed out here forever.
Lily Lake

We topped off the day with a poolside room in, I believe, Eagle, CO. I do know for sure it was a Holiday Inn Express (quickly becoming my home away from home away from bus).
Holiday Inn in Eagle, CO
We got a nice discount on the room, then the free poolside upgrade, along with the boys' desire to swim and play until pool closing......we splurged and treated ourselves to room service, wonderful room service, including dessert.

As beautiful as the Park was, the kids declared the hotel the highlight of the weekend. I loved it all. Joey just dreams of being able to walk across mossy rocks in swift water again.

After rereading this post I realized there's not one mention of how it was crowded as hell and we couldn't get a parking spot at any of the major sites. The only way to see the the most popular parts of the park was to take the shuttle bus....and that wasn't happening. It also rained a lot. The massive people is what I remember as my biggest turn off for the park, but we quickly found cool, off the beaten path places and had a great time, probably even better than the key tourist places. I took a gazillion pictures this day, and thankfully!! because when we looked through the pictures on the computer we had COMPLETELY forgotten about swimming in the icy cold river and hiking around Lily Lake. All I remembered was we were there, and there were too many people. ( Joey's accident turned everything else into a big blur)The pictures bring it all back for me and each one has it's own story behind it. Not a story with words, just a lot of good feelings. Feelings that we can't wait to get back to someday...soon.

Monday, December 22

Long Overdue Update

The main thing everyone wants to know is How is Joey doing? Joey wants everyone to know that he is doing good. It's been thirteen weeks since the accident and he's happy with his improvements and he's enjoying the down time, dreaming and plotting our future. He's been in physical therapy three weeks now and reports back to the doctor end of January, to check on his progress. His arm is all they're focusing on at therapy, but that doesn't stop me from giving him a hard time when he still grabs a cane or a crutch to walk with. He's actually walking again! Something he was sure would never happen again. He's not pushing himself, rather letting himself recover one day at a time.

Once Joey started getting around on crutches he felt he could build some things and try selling them, so we, Jewel, Joey and myself, made a quick trip up to Colorado to get his truck. We were barely home when my best friend from grade school was only two hundred fifty miles away visiting family, that we had to make another road trip to visit her. Last week we were invited to family in Dallas, then over the weekend we had a family gathering here for family I hadn't seen since I was a baby. All this with therapy three times a week, Christmas shopping, keeping my mom entertained, baking, and trying to keep everyone healthily fed.....we've been busy.

I've had many of you reach out to us, offering support and encouragement, and I can't say with words how much it has meant to us.
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