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.

Leadville Bike Ride

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!

Leadville Bike Ride

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

Leadville Bike Ride

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.

Montana

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

Montana

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.

Montana

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

Montana

Lizzy just takes up the whole place.

Montana

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.

RV: Grand Tetons

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Time for the first real RV trip! We had the destinations picked out long before the RV was a reality. So now it was time to pack up and head northwest to…Wyoming? While much of Wyoming is a big vast nothingness, the NW corner packs some of the best landscape in the United States. And there it appeared on the horizon as I drove in. You don’t see mountains quite like those in Colorado.

Wyoming

Kim and I had road tripped through here on a cross-country college adventure.  But we never really had time to stop and enjoy.  Now with the kids, it was an even better time to enjoy it.  I felt like the RV had arrived so I took its picture…with no humans.

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Rare selfie of the parents.  The camera doesn’t do those mountains justice.

Wyoming

The kids.  I really think they believe these mountains are normal.  I am still in awe.

Wyoming

We actually didn’t go into the park itself that night.  You can drive through but not really into the park.  We had to get down to Jackson (Hole), WY just south of the park for our RV spot.  First true dinner.

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The dogs were like we drove all day and now we get to chew bones in a yard?  Sweet.

Wyoming

The next day we went to Jackson to check it out.  Never been.  There is the ski hill in the background of course.  The town is pretty cool if you are into touristy stuff.  But it has a less cheesy, more upscale tone than say, Estes Park.  The kids have fun shopping so we spent a few hours going around town.  That is a huge arch made of antlers in the back.  There are 4 of them actually.  One on each corner of that town square.  Everyone agreed they would like to go back to Jackson again.

Wyoming

Minutes later, we were at the park.  Here is the mandatory sign picture.  While I was taking this, Lizzy jumped out of the RV window and came running up to me.  She cannot be separated from me.

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As we drove through the park, Kim and her buddy are always making out.

Wyoming

Time for some water!  I knew people paddleboarded at the park and we found out it was best at a place called String Lake.  It was very busy so we had to leave and try back for lack of RV parking space.  But we finally got in and got on our boards.  It is a nice thin shallow lake that warms up more than most mountain lakes.  It was fun to get wet and cruise around.

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Sydney rated this her favorite stop of the whole trip.

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Kayla was ready to party and get wet.

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The big girls out on the boards.  It has been a long winter so nobody had there “stand up” legs yet I guess.

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Reagan also voted this a “must see” stop.

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After some more sight seeing, we headed north to our next stop: Yellowstone.  The kids crashed on various beds in the RV while we motored on.