RV: Western Slope

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Traveled out to the Western Slope (That’s Colorado for the west side of our state) in the RV for the next adventure.  Stopped at our favorite town on the way — Glenwood Springs.  Been going to this pool forever.  Always enjoy it.  We go to small hot springs more often but you gotta go to the world’s largest in the summer.

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We also went to Glenwood Caverns.  Another favorite.  The kids didn’t remember much of the caves.  I always enjoy the tours into the caves.  Just amazing inside.  Pictures suck in there.

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How do you really photograph a cave?

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Such weird formations that took millions of years to form.

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Reagan and I took a selfie on the overlook.

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There is the town down below.  You can see the world’s craziest swing there on the ledge.  I posted a video on Facebook of the kids on it.  It is totally insane.  Swings you out over that canyon.

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More cave stuff.

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Random shot of tour.  That guide was really good.  Dan the Cave Man.

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Then there was this new ride. A giant swing. On a cliff. I hate the swings even in normal locations. My stomach just says it is getting too old. This one was ridiculous. They would swing you out over the canyon and if the cable broke (not that it would), you would basically fall a few thousand feet down to the Colorado River.

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Kayla would ride with hands up. I swore to her to hold on so she didn’t fly out of the seat.

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Ride the alpine coaster?  Sure!  Always fun.  Can’t use your phone on the ride so I just took one shot on the climb back to the start.

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Another shot of the valley below.  Facing west.  That is I-70 winding its way out.

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Kim rode the sweet zip ride.  They put you in the chair and back you up the mountain and let you fly back down.

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After our time in Glenwood Springs, we headed further west to meet up with Tim, a friend, who lives in Grand Junction. It was pretty out there. Not such a fun place in the summer. First time we turned on the A/C in the RV to cool it down for the night. We decided to go with urban indoor adventures for the day. Here is a compilation Tim put together of the events.

To escape the heat, Tim took us up on the Grand Mesa. It sits at 10,000 feet so it was 40 degrees cooler than Grand Junction just 30 miles down below. It is the largest flattop mountain in the world. You drive up on top and it unveils a big forest with tons of lakes. So we got out the toys and played in the water. Tim made us a small video.

“I going to get one of these”, says Tim.

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Cooper came along in the RV.  Our dogs didn’t come on the trip so it was fun to have a surrogate 4 legged friend for the day.

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Nature’s TV trays for holding your lunch.

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Sydney likes the board.  We didn’t have these when we were kids.  We had black intertubes.  Your butt would have been cold.

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Later at dinner, Sydney believed she found good luck when her knife could pick up her spoon.

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Before we headed out, Tim took us out to the desert to shoot guns. First time shooting a rifle. That was a kick.

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Thanks the for the visit, Tim. It was good to see how they live on the Western Slope.

Mosquito Pass

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After taking the big girls to Mount Massive, Kayla was owed a mountain adventure. So we headed out on an ATV together on the best weather day of the week. Went to the east side of Leadville and I figured we ought to drive up Mosquito Pass. I have run it enough times but never actually drove to the top. It is as rocky as anything. A nice steady throttle had us jostling all over the place. Kayla even stopped me to say her stomach was getting upset but we should continue on.

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We even finished the ride by stopping at Gringo’s for some nourishment.

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I had fun with you, buddy!

Leadville Bike Ride

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Oddly, we haven’t ever brought Kayla’s bike up to Leadville. There are plenty of other things to do so we just never did. But this time, I drug it along and took her and the kids out on a ride on some of my trails.

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We did cheat and had Kim drive us to the high point of the Mineral Belt and drop us. What 7 year old on a single speed wants to pedal uphill at 10,200 feet? But the downhill was all the rage!

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Then we cut off and went on the mountain bike trails on the way home for some added adventure.

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Our ride was cut short by a raging thunderstorm so we hid out at the college and had Kim come pick us up.

RV: Montana

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For the final leg of the trip, we went up to Montana to visit some friends. We stopped in Bozeman at some really nice hot springs for one night. Then went up to Helena. Montana had a Colorado vibe to it — but more country. Probably how where we live was before all the people (like us) showed up.  We spent most of the time at a lake outside of Helena.  Nice water temp.

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Ozzy patrolled the lake for 2 days.  He wanted to say longer.

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I could have.  I guess.  It was such hard work.

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Luna agreed.

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But it was getting to the end.  This was our nightly ritual.  Getting everyone into their own bed.   We have to setup and tear them down each night.  Takes a few minutes but we have the hang of it now.

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Kayla has the toughest job.  She gets all 3 dogs in her bed.

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But it was finally time to head home.  We had a full day of driving ahead.  Everyone was tired. This is where the RV makes sense.  Kayla curls up with a dog on the couch and watches movies the whole drive.

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Luna sleeps right between the driver and passenger chair.  The floor is sort of hot there from the engine but she likes it.

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Lizzy just takes up the whole place.

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And after some crazy driving, we pulled in at home around 1 AM and traded our mobile home for our real home. Until next time.