Leadville with the Sandovals

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The kids were all super excited this past weekend to spend time at the cabin with their friends the Sandoval family. Good thing our house sign, “Mr. Moose,” is finally all rusted up and ready to greet visitors. Thanks Papa!


Upon arrival the kids just spent some good time outside playing. Kayla was happy as a clam to share her hammock with Madison.


Our big activity for the weekend was again a first for our family. We had been thinking about purchasing kayaks for Turquoise Lake but figured we should first try to rent them first once. Although instead of kayaks we decided on canoes. Why you ask? Badge Work! Of course there is a canoeing badge to be had. The rental guys were all down at Twin Lakes this weekend so we all ventured down there for the day. This lake is calmer and not so big so it seemed perfect for our first attempt.

Here we are going through badgework before hitting the water. This included all sorts of stroke and safety instruction. Good thing I had the sense to google everything related to canoes before heading out. Kayla was all ready to jump in there and canoe. She even practiced her strokes with the big girls.


Sydney and I with Sheri and Madison, went out on the canoes first. While one group was on the water another group was on the shore with Mr. Robert taking fishing lessons. Yep, the fishing badge! Robert is a big fisherman so he was more then happy to share his hobby with the kids. He came prepared with a variety of poles and bait so that the kids could get a feel for several types. I could hear Kayla crying for Mommy from across the lake. She didn’t like me being that unreachable yet within sight.


As soon as I reached land I had a little parasite stuck to my side. Even a trip to the port-a-pot was with company. It was endearing to feel so loved and missed.


So when it was time for me to take Reagan, guess who had to come along. I was nervous about taking Kayla because it was a 2 person canoe and she tends to get sea sick. It was a little rocky at times because every little movement makes the canoe tip. And Kayla couldn’t sit still. during canoeing you constantly have to move your paddle from side to side. Especially when your partner is a kid. That meant Kayla was getting dripped on a lot. We decide to take the chance and move her position in teh canoe but were afraid we would tip. Luckily all was safe and Kayla was a little drier.


After Twin Lakes we took the Sandovals to the Leadville Fish Hatchery to complete the fishing theme. Always a fun stop for kids. We then finished out the day with ATV rides and play at the cabin.