Back to School – 1st Grade

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And with that, summer ends. School begins. Big changes for Kayla as she goes into first grade at a new school. But now being at the same spot as her older sisters, somehow makes things a little bit better. We are excited to see how this change works out.

Back to School

The traditional silly picture.

Back to School

Together again at the same school. Probably for the last time ever. Tear.

Back to School

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

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Time for camp! A full week including a variety of sports. Kayla is at a ripe age for going and learning a lot of skills — canoes, kayaks, hiking, mountain biking, and more!

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

When she is with me, she never paddles.  Hmmm.  Looks like a great day on the water.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

I don’t think that is what the mats are for!  Naps?  Nah.  We need more activities!

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Yoga in a park in Boulder — epic.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Check out that Warrior 2.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

M & L?  Mountain Lions!  Got it.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

So this was the big breakthrough of the week.   Kayla won’t try her bike at home anymore.  Can’t get it.  I gave up for a while.  But at camp, well, she just took to it after some work with the teacher.  Those teachers know how to teach kids.  They do it every week.  Kayla was riding in no time.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

She even would come home from camp and tell me to take her riding.  She jumped on her bike here and rode around the block 2 times!  Guess she mastered that skill.

Avid 4 Adventure Camp

Another great camp experience.  I am sure we will be back next year!

Leadville Firecracker 5K 2016

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Distance 3.11 miles
Time 41:19
Pace Hers!
Rank 156th
GPS Analysis Strava

FIRST RACE!

“So anybody want to race 5k in the morning?”, I asked. Harmless question. Sydney said, “Yes!”. Reagan said, “OK, I want to beat Sydney“. Kayla pops out, “Me too!”. What? You are 6! You can run 3.1 miles at 10,000 feet. But I didn’t tell her that. Let’s see how it plays out. Ignorance is bliss…for her.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

In a disappointing move, the race did not start as usual with the lighting of some fireworks.  Bogus.  But we were off.  Kayla went hot of the chute.  In Leadville?  Who does that? 2011.  But then the climb up 6th Street.  Kind of a proud moment for a Dad that gets his thrills running here.  My kid is on course (for a bit) cruising up the hill.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Mile 1 was pretty good.  Mile 2 slowed down.  Lots of spring, walk combos.  She didn’t want to pace it right.  Not her style.  We hit the hill looking back down Harrison Ave and it was smooth sailing.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

She has the lane to herself.  People were cheering her on from the sides.  Nice to get random shout-outs.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Crossed the line to find the big sisters done about 4 minutes ahead of us.  That’s not a lot of time.  This pacer must have did a great job!  And the runner wasn’t too bad either.

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Live action from the final stretch…

Until next year!

Leadville Firecracker 5k 2016

Summer Fun @ Copper Mountain

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We spend a lot of weekends at Copper Mountain skiing in the winter. But it turns out they keep the place pretty busy in the summer too. Festivals and events are happening all the time. But during the weekdays it is nice and quiet and the kids love to go there and play. You can get a “summer season pass” where you can enjoy their activities. Ride the chair lift. Play mini golf. And do some of the stuff shown below. I may even drag my bike over there and have it drop me off up top and ride down.

Copper Mountain

The go karts are the best part.  Hard to find a decent track around here these days.  This one is short but got my juices flowing.  I started in the back and passed all cars.  But one girl was killing me.  Looking over her shoulder and blocking me in the turns.  She was probably 10.  I noticed her whole family cheering her on from the bleachers.  I kept working her and finally took her in traffic to win.

Copper Mountain

Bumper boats are always a good time.  Spraying other people with water in the face.  Kayla got pushed out in to the center of the lake (see below) where the fountain was spraying.  Her boat was going in circles and it was just raining down on her.  She was soaked when she got off the boat.  Still had fun!

Copper Mountain

See Sydney and Reagan to the left of the fountain on the zip line.  More zip fun in Colorado.  This one just runs across the lake.

Copper Mountain

Pretty big rock wall.  About 40′ up.  Quite the challenge for any climber.

Copper Mountain

Bouncing our way through summer! But it will be fun when this place goes back to snow and we ski once again!

Brown’s Canyon

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Sometimes our summer activities are limited by the ages and weights of the children. This activity has been on our todo list for a long time. We pass Brown’s Canyon every time we head to the hot springs and dreamt of the day we can get the kids on the water.

Rafting

The minimum age for class III rapids at about 2200 CFS is 6 years old. Kayla is 6! Off we went. We chose to ride with Noah’s Ark Rafting. They have a great program and the guides are super friendly. We had Tim leading us! We opted for a 1/2 day on Brown’s Canyon which is nearby Leadville. Just a bit south of Buena Vista actually. This areas was moved to National Monument status a few years ago. Very cool terrain. Lucky to have it so close.

Rafting

The water was snow about a day ago so it is pretty chilly. Although the guides are used to it and are not wearing much extra. We rented splash jackets (like rain coats) that helped keep the big sprays off you. Kim took her’s off part way. Your call based on temps.

Rafting

The kids ride rode up front 3 across. Kim and I were in back. Our guide in the middle. These boats have a sweet setup in the middle where the guide has big oars and does most of the maneuvering on the trip. You get involved by stroking with your paddle on his call. Just to help move the boat back or forward.

Rafting

I talked to the guide a bunch to try and understand more about rafting. I was curious about his deal there too. These guides were all from all over the US. They come for the summer and work 6 days a week running 2 trips a day. Fun summer on the water meeting fun folks! I clarified what we could expect on class III with the kids. They didn’t seem to concerned. Class III doesn’t seem to lose people out of the boat. Maybe once a week if someone is joking around. We were in good hands.

Rafting

We rode down the river a few miles before encountering the class III rapids. There were 7 of them. All with names and stories and unique characteristics. The kids got some big air on a few of them. It is daunting when you see that much water in front of the boat.

Rafting

We made it safely! The crew pulls the boats out. You are about 10 miles from the start. Jump on a school bus and they wisk you back to the start. A great time and I would recommend using these guys again!

So I forgot the GoPro at home. Bummer. I tried to film with my iPhone a bit. Just to give my Mom a sense of how I tried to kill her grandchildren this time. I couldn’t do the big rapids because I had to stroke. I captured a few but I have to put the phone down and paddle so it gets weird. Give it a watch anyway. I had the phone in a waterproof bag around my neck. GoPro would have better. Especially on Kayla!

The kids loved it. I hope we go again. There are other class III sections around here. Also some class IV and V too. Sydney is old enough next year for the class IV. And maybe we can get to class V someday. Seems like a worthy bucket list item!