Cabin in the woods part 3

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Here we are at the beautiful Bear Lake.

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Believe it or not, the hiking paths here were pretty crowded.  However, the snow and ice gave everything a feeling of enormous stillness.  Everything was so soft and quiet.  I could have spent hours here, but poor Max and Matthew were finally done by this point.

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These three amassed a great collection of Junior Ranger badges on this vacation.

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Estes Park is such a cute little town.  The food is wonderful (and thanks to the anonymous couple that paid for our meal at Poppy’s Pizza!!!  We said a rosary for you, whoever you are!)

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Liam and Jack had mountain man training from Jason.

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Mirror selfies!  Stella was really sick for most of the trip.  She finally felt better the last few days but still begged for me to hold her the entire time.  I didn’t mind one bit!

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Matthew and Max honed their climbing skills.  This was a pretty steep hike and these tough little boys handled it!

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Over the ridge we found blue skies and gorgeous fields.

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One of the kids took a picture of “butt rock” because we’re classy.

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Qwirkle was our game of choice while waiting for dinner.

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If only the chipmunk knew what the BBQ pit was used for…

The repeated sentence on this trip was, “When we come back here…”, so I think the kids had a great time.  Even though it’s a lot of work for me and Jason to take so many little ones on a hiking vacation, we still had a great time too.  I am looking forward to the day when our hikes can last longer and over much harder terrain.  Soon!

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