(This is over Aunt Francis’ and Uncle Lawrence’s house in Colorado.)
Enjoyed watching the sunrise with my boyfriend this weekend.
Mark enjoyed looking at parkÂ maps and wanted to find a really good hike. Â He wanted something difficult, but not too hard for everyone. Â He would have been happy to find a place that only he and Daddy could go, but that did not work this time.
He did find a hike for us though. Â We walked around Jordan Pond and climbed the South Bubble. It is not the climb for people who dislike hikes or climbing over rocks!
Unfortunately, I did not get as many pictures as I would have liked. Â I had used up all myÂ memory cards and deleted the obviously bad pictures just so we could have a few more pictures. Â Allan would later comment that I took over 1500 pictures before running out of space. He also promised new memory cards for future trips!
The kids all took off ahead of us again and helped Megan over rough spots. There were only a few spots she had trouble with because of her height. Â We had people stop and ask if that bunch of kids ahead were ours. Â Then they would comment how polite the kids were or how good they were with the little ones. Â We heard so many complimentary things about our kids during that walk! Â They even tried helping another family with younger children get to the summit!
The trail going up was a bit challenging for me. Â I don’t enjoy climbing rocks as much as Mark does; though climbing down is a lot worse! There was one spot where my legs were just not long enough and Allan had to give me a boost up. Mark and Allan both were there to help when needed and I often thought how blessed I am that both of my men are so considerate. I was also thankful that I can hike trails like this. Â I don’t like them as much as others, but it would have been awful not to have been able to enjoy the day with my family.
When we got to the top, we could see a long way off. Â It was a beautifulÂ place to rest and enjoy our lunch! Coming down was a lot easier, it was less rocky and the scenery completely different.
It is amazing to me that God created such awesome scenery for us to enjoy. Â It is easy to forget that he designed this world in the busyness of every day. I am so thankful that we had the opportunity to remember and enjoy what God created!
We wereÂ told that a great place to see sunsets was Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Our campsite was a short distanceÂ away, so we went there a few times during our stay. It was a challenge getting there on time, the sun set a few minutes after 7:00 while we were in Maine.Â We wanted to get there earlier so we could see the sun setting.
We were disappointed the first time there because the lighthouse was behind us and there was only a short sidewalk to watch the sun setting. Â The parking lot was crowded and the sidewalk lined with people watching the sun set.Â We wondered what was so special about the place.
The last time we went there, I was talking to a family who mentioned there was another path on the other side of the light house. Â We knew we would miss the sun officially setting, but we ran around and discovered what we missed! There was a path that lead to a bunch of rocks that you could climb out on. Â Depending where you stopped, you could get some wonderful pictures!
On Saturday we drove through Pennsylvania and New York. It was a long drive, but we enjoyed Â getting treats at the small farmer’s markets at the restÂ stopsÂ and along the road.
Andrea was really excited to see that peaches were in season, so we stopped at a few places hoping to buy some. Â Unfortunately, we did not find ripe ones that would travel well until we reached Vermont. We did find some maple cotton candy that was a lot of fun to eat.
We stopped for gas inÂ Portland Harbor, NY. We discovered the first lighthouse in the United States to operate using natural gas used hollow logsÂ as pipesÂ to get the gas where it needed to be. We enjoyed a very quick picnic nearby because the bees were fond of our lunch!
We stayed at a Â KOA inÂ Herkimer, New York. Â It was extremely crowded! Our two tents sat side by side with a trailer on one side and a group of people and a few tents on the other. Â The nice thing about the campground was there was a riverÂ that the kids could play in. Â We could have rented tubes and tubed down the river, which is what most people seemed to enjoy.
Since we had a long travel day, we went out for dinner. Â Allan had picked a place that looked good, but was closed early. Â So we drove around town looking for another place. Â We discovered Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner. Â It was fun place to eat and everyone was very friendly.
We went to bed soon after getting back from dinner and were up and ready to start traveling again before most people at the camp ground were getting up for the day.
Near Calhan, Colorado, is a wonderful place we had never visited before.Â Aunt Debbie and Uncle Dan invited us to visit the Paint Mines Interpretive Park with them.Â The Paint Mines are clay formations in beautiful reds, yellows and white layers.Â There are four miles of trails to explore that wind around caprock and hoodoos- a pillar of rock formed with softer rock on the bottom with a harder rock on top.
The mines are beautiful!Â We had lots of places to explore and many colors to enjoy since we visited early on an overcast morning.Â As the sun replaced the clouds, the colors faded and were not so vivid.Â We left soon after.
We often get into Colorado near sunset.Â I have already asked Allan that the next time we visit, could we please stop at the mines for our last rest stop.Â I would love to explore them at dusk!