What a fabulous Memorial Day weekend we had. My high school friend Geoff and his lovely wife Karen and their twins came out to visit and we went up to Snow Mountain Ranch for the weekend.
I love that place-if you live in Colorado and haven’t been, you are missing out. Here’s the view from our cabin:
Not too shabby, eh?
Later that afternoon some of us went for a hike. There’s been a lot of snow and a lot of snowmelt so it was a bit muddy, and someone slipped and got a muddy butt, which didn’t bother our intrepid explorer one bit.
The next day we rented mountain bikes and tagalongs and went for a ride!
It just couldn’t have been better. Nights were filled with good food, good drink, and a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. I wish I could post some of the funnier game responses, but then this wouldn’t be a family blog, now, would it? The other thing that was great was that all the kids were old enough to explore on their own. There were many hours where they would simply head off into the woods next to the cabin and create their own secret games and just play while the adults would relax in the cabin. If it sounds too idyllic to be true, well, I can’t help that.
The next morning we went for one last hike
And then the trail got super super muddy (as the girl would say) and some of the hikers took off their shoes to squelch through the mud. One of the hikers simply squelched through with her shoes on. I’ll let you guess which one that is.
When the trail got snowy, the barefoot hiking came to a quick end and we headed back. By this time I had started to recite the poem, “Mud, Mud, glorius mud! Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood! So follow me, follow me, down to the hollow, where we will wallow in glorious mud!” which is from a children’s book of poems we have at home.
The girl, of course, began to sing this over and over again and then began to take it quite literally.
Sadly, vacation was over after this. Our friends had to head south and I had to head back to work a night shift at the hospital, which was even less fun than usual given what I’d just been doing.
I know I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again–there is something that is so wonderful about seeing your kids become friends with your old friends’ kids. It makes me feel hopeful and gives me a sense of generations and seeing the future being created now, and it’s good.