We had never been to Colorado in the summer. I have been skiing in the spring and winter numerous times and I have always LoVeD the mountains, but I had NO IDEA how amazing they would be in the summer. I am a loyal Texan and LOVE our lone star state but I could easily "summer" (I mean I do drink coffee now I figure it is only a matter of time before I start "summering" places) in "Colorful Colorado".
The temperatures were perfection, we had the doors open all day everyday and spent as much time outside as we did in. And the landscape was just God Breathed. Much like I don't understand how anyone can witness the birth of a new baby and not believe that there is a mighty God who orchestrated such miraculous events, I don't understand how you can look at the mountains and not see our makers hand prints ALL over it. It just overwhelmed me all week long and I loved that everywhere you looked you saw creation that would not allow you to forget God's power and love for us.
The boys took one look around and decided that the "Man Cave" was indeed the place for them and that this house was pretty cool. They would like us to install an elevator at home immediately. But, since we're rockin' one story I think that is a dream that will stay in CO.
After stretching our legs and touring the house we were in need of some sustenance so we drove into Mountain Village. The house was actually in Mountain Village up in the mountains so it was super fun and convenient to have everything so close. We had some delicious pizza at La Pizzeria - our first of several delicious pizza spots in Telluride - also including Baked in Telluride and Brown Dog - just in case you're taking notes for your own trip. :)
Cade is hilarious and was fast friends with Stacey and Wyatt. He is super smart and social and just cracks me up.
Some family pics from our balcony.
I mean check out that view!! Gah!
Hydrating for our first little hike.
This picture makes me think of the SNL Mom Jeans skit..."Because your not a woman, you're a MOM!!"
Two peas in a pod. :)
Wyatt and Cade had no problem throwing their arms around each other for a buddy pic. III was a little too cool.
The next day we thought we would check out the nature observatory, which turned out to be LAME and do "a little" more hiking.
Gondola Group shots
This picture shows our hike in the background. Now you, like us, might think, you're walking downhill how bad can it be? And you, like us, might think, we can totally do this.
We were SUPER proud of our little guys (and ourselves!) when we finally made it to the bottom. Ay-ya-yay!
We got reprimanded by a local when we left our mark on these trees (like about 100 people had already done). We were complementing them as they passed us saying, "Wow you guys are walking up the mountain (such a novel idea), that is so impressive we can barely walk down the mountain." And she glared at us and said, "We'll I'll tell you what's not impressive, that (referring to us adding our names to the tree)!" Whoops, awkward, sorry Telluride!
And God Bless Texas, she wasn't the first not so friendly Coloradan we'd run into. I just hope this doesn't effect my plans to summer here because while it is HOT in wacky Waco and there are no mountains, we have them beat in hospitality tenfold, just sayin'. :)
Right up this one's ally!!
We really enjoyed cooking together and when you get to eat this
That evening Stacey and Keith played golf and according to Stacey it may have been the nicest course he has ever played!
I'm not a man/boy but I'm pretty sure bookending your day with off-roading and golf, not to mention Brown Dog pizza sandwiched in between, has got to rank pretty high on best days ever.
We made the most of it with breakfast at Baked in Telluride. Wyatt's donut is a joke compared to the LIFE-CHANGING deliciousness of their ham and swiss croissant.
I was just disappointed that we were just now discovering it and therefore couldn't have had one every morning we were there! Thankfully Keith made an early morning run the next day before we hit the road so that we could have one more taste of perfection. My mouth is watering.
Goodbye amazing mansion.
Goodbye quiet-time with coffee on the porch.
Goodbye perfect weather.
Goodbye fake reality where my husband doesn't have to go to work.
Goodbye majestic mountains that scream at me to stand in AWE of my God!!
Goodbye Sheps. :(
OK that is a little overly dramatic my daily reality is pretty dreamy too!! But I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a case of the "Telluride Take Me Always" every once in awhile since we've been back. And yes the boys whined and complained and disobeyed, even in Telluride. And Wyatt got car sick driving in the mountains, and I felt like I might need to take oxygen from walking up one flight of stairs due to the altitude. AND obviously I wouldn't trade a world without my sweet Cs for ANYTHING, but, it was a nice break and it was a pretty dreamy vacation.
You know, next time, when I go summering in T-Ride. ;)