Our kids’ school district is lucky enough to get a fall break in October, so we packed our bags and headed to the mountains. Colorado is a gold mine of beauty and I crave exploring its Rocky Mountains. We pass through Glenwood Springs a few times a year when traveling from Denver to Salt Lake to visit family, but this was our rare chance to stop and stay a while. Guys – it was the best trip. Just what my mind and heart needed after some challenges. And it was perfect for the kids – they had a blast exploring, swimming in the hotel pool, and visiting the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. But first – FIRST – we knew we HAD to hike to Hanging Lake. I had never been (a travesty for a Colorado native), and although I can’t compare it to its busiest season (summer), going in the fall was incredible. There were no crowds (plenty of parking in the trailhead’s tiny parking lot), and we were lucky to have warm, beautiful weather. The kids whined a bit at first, but we gave their little legs a pep-talk and they ended up doing an amazing job up the steep, rocky terrain (except for Penny who was lucky to hang out on dad’s back). And when we got to the top and discovered that blue-green lake surrounded by trees and waterfalls, which is literally hanging off the side of a cliff, it was basically breathtaking.
By the way, a dad who carries one kid on his back, and another in his arms when her legs get tired, and who patiently waits for his wife to take allll the pictures, and who keeps us all laughing? “Super Dad” doesn’t come close to describing Casey – he is the best.
One last thing. While driving up to Glenwood Springs, I was doing some light reading that happened to really inspire me (How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach and More than the Tattooed Mormon by Al Carraway), and as I took photos of our hike and breathed in the mountain air and sent up prayers of gratitude for this family of mine that I love so much, I thought to myself – I’m ready to start blogging again. I need a place where I can share the pictures on my hard drive and the words I have inside me. And despite all my hesitations and fears… here I am.
I’m wearing: H&M jacket, Gap wool hat