It wouldn’t be normal if I blogged everything from our trip to Colorado this summer right away. You know I always have to wait until those post-mountain blues start to kick in before I finish posting. They started kicking in the day we got home but I honestly haven’t had time to let myself miss the mountains. A few days after we got home, my mom and I headed to Santa Barbara for a mother/daughter trip. (Amazing and so gratfeul for that time with her) Then Graham and I snuck away for a quick trip to Indianapolis to see one of the bands on our concert bucketlist, John Butler Trio. The house build is getting closer to the end which means, details, which means more trips to the house than usual and some last minute decisions. We are so close though, we can see the finish line and it looks amazing. That’s another post though. We also started homeschooling. We have been doing small lessons here and there for the last few months but now we are full-time and it’s been an adjustment. I’m trying to figure out how to balance everything but also find time to do the things that I enjoy, like taking pictures of the kids and blogging. It’s been harder than I thought but I finally feel like maybe I am figuring it out, for today at least.
And that means I finally have time to blog about the second half of our trip to Colorado. Which also means that I have time to really miss those mountains.
Once we left Breckenridge we headed to Grand Lake. We took a day trip to Adam’s Falls in the Rocky Mountain National Park which has an entrance in Grand Lake last summer and fell in love with it and knew we wanted to visit again. Lakes in the mountains are one of our favorite places to visit so we decided to stay on the lake for the second part of our trip. This was a first for us and we enjoyed it immensely. I’ve always said that being in the mountains brings so much peace and clarity but when you add a beautiful lake to the mix it’s a whole new level of calmness. Something about that water in front of those mountains.
Waking up every morning and seeing that view was incredible and I’m not sure how you could feel anything but relaxed when you look out and see the ducks swimming in the morning light, the gulls coming down to catch fish and the morning clouds rolling out.
We spent a lot of time on this dock. Grayson wanted to fish so Olivia wanted to fish. I just enjpyed sitting out there with them and watching Graham relearn how to throw a casting net. It was chillier than we expected here and loved it. The thunderstorms were amazing to watch and we stayed inside to enjoy them anytime we could. If it wasn’t raining we were outside.
Smores and fishing were the common theme of this time in Grand Lake.
We did a few hikes, went fishing on a boat and even rented a boat for a day while we were there but the majority of our time was spent here doing this and we didn’t mind at all. We cherished our down days because as much as we wanted to relax and take it slow we found ourselves just wanting to be out hiking and seeing everything we could. The days we did stay in we made ourselves and looking back I am so glad we did that. I’ll be back with more from our stay in Grand Lake soon.