I’m Back!

Hey Everyone!

I have been gone for a week and it feels like an eternity!

I’m really not even sure where to start, or what you guys want to see? For those of you who may not know, my little family and I drove from Pennsylvania to Colorado last weekend. We drove back this weekend. It is a 22 hour drive and took us two days each way. We were able to stop along the way in/around Des Monies Iowa to rest for the night both ways.

While we were in Colorado we stayed in Aurora. It was mainly on two major highways and that was that. What was nice was that we could go North or South at our leisure. We bounced around from Boulder to Colorado Springs, to Denver. Depending of the weather that day and the family that we could meet up with.

The first full day we were there it was rainy and crappy so we went to the Morrison Natural History Museu.

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This place was really neat, they had real live dino nerds give you a tour of everything. Most things there were found right in Colorado. While we were on our tour there was a giant storm and some hail. Thank goodness we were inside!

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The next day we headed to Colorado Springs where we took a trolley though Garden of the Gods, and drove up the over 14,000 ft Pikes Peak!

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It was pretty exhilerating driving up Pikes Peak. Once we were at the top we did feel dizzy due to the altitude, but we snagged some great pictures while we could. We also had some fresh doughnuts while we were up there.

I believe Wednesday we took the whole day and went to the Denver Zoo! It was so much fun. Everett had never been to a zoo before, and this one and the other are both on the top 10 best zoos in America.

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This zoo was really cool and freaking huge! We ended it with a Peacock and ice cream. If you are wondering what his shirt says its: “I flexed so hard the sleeves came off” haha. πŸ˜€

Lets see….hmmm.. what did we do Thursday? Ah that’s right. We went to the Pearlt Street Mall in Boulder! It was about 5 city blocks of a walking mall. The weather was great and we did some shopping. πŸ˜€

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This place was beautiful and full of people and neat shops. πŸ˜€

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My personal favorite spot was this store that was dedicated to honey! They had all sorts of kinds to try, and even sold Meade.

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Everett was not a fan of these water things haha. he didn’t make a single face other than that one haha. πŸ˜€ Later that day we met up with my wife’s uncle for dinner in Longmont.

Friday we met up with my cousin in Colorado Springs, where she cooked us an amazing breakfast. We hung out there with her and her three little kiddos for a bit before heading to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! You guessed it! It is on a mountain.

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At the zoo they donate $0.75 per each visitor to help wildlife. We got to drop them in this thing to pick and choose the cause we helped. It is a great idea.

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These misters should be in every zoo haha. They saved the day! πŸ˜€

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I had to take a selfie with a Giraffe, we were able to feed and pet them so we became friends fast. πŸ˜€

The whole week we had great food! We ate all over and never the same place twice. Most places we had never been to before. We ate at a steakhouse, IHOP, Bean Sprouts, BJs brewery, EdelweissΒ  (German), At both zoos, Bent Fork, Boulder Beer, and lastly a Joe’s Crab Shack.

Food Overload Below!

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We Started the drive home Saturday a bit late on purpose, because part way through we met up with another photographer from a Facebook group that my wife is in. She and this other girl swapped family photo sessions. It was really neat. We met them in some park in Omaha Nebraska. We changed into nice clothes in the parking lot haha. I don’t have any of those pictures yet because neither of them have edited them yet, but I’ll share when I have a chance too! πŸ˜€

We stopped in Atlantic Iowa for the night, around 9:30pm. We only got to ‘sleep’ for a couple hours before Everett was screaming his head off, so we left Sunday morning around 3:45am….We drove until we got home around 7:30pm. That was a long day, I’m sure you could guess haha. We made it. It was a blast. We will cherish those memories forever!

Thank you for reading though this huge post. I’m still super tired and surprised I made it into work today! I hope to see you all again tomorrow! (I’ve missed you) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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