Sunday, July 10, 2011


Our family vacation this summer was to join the rest of my family in Breckenridge, CO. What better way to beat the miserable Houston heat than to have 2 weeks in 70 degree weather. Although, we got a little scared when it snowed the second day we were there (5 inches!). But after building a snowman, it melted and all was right with the world. We had a blast. We celebrated Mimi's (my mom), 60th birthday! We celebrated Father's Day ( I don't know the last time I actually saw my dad on Father's Day) and we did so many fun things.

There were firsts: Eli went to his first movie theater movie (Cars 2), he went on a first real hike and he got to bungee bounce. He also went on his first canoe trip to fish for the first time with his dad, pap and Uncle... however after 15 minutes he only caught seaweed and it started to storm like armageddon so, wasn't a complete success. But he had fun.

We rode the Cog Railway that went all the way up to the summit of Pike's Peak (14,110 feet) and it traveled on a 25% grade upward at times. So cool! and the views were AMAZING. Of course Eli believes that any train he rides includes shopping at the train station so he kept saying "Can we go shopping?", that is my boy.

RJ and I have been doing P90X so we thought we could conquer more difficult hiking with my dad this time... and we did... ugh. P90X does not quite prepare you for altitude but we made it and were so happy on the way back down!

We took a small road trip to see the Red Rocks Amphitheater which was such a beautiful site, however we couldn't actually see the inside because there was a Willie Nelson concert that started at 3:30! Oh well, everything we saw around it was worth the drive.

The most important thing we did was deliver RJ's mom to her final resting place(s). She had one request for us and that was that she wanted her ashes to be spread in the Rocky Mountains... so we did! 3 different places and she will be able to look out in all different directions from high altitude. And we were honored to get her there.

Here are some various pics from the trip, more to follow once I get my I-phone pics situated....

Gondola ride to Peak 8

Atop Peak 8


View from lunch ( one block from my parents' house)

View from the cog railway (going up)

At the Summit!


Eli on the Gondola


The Boys on Pike's Peak

More Boys on Pike's Peak

Eli Hiking