Here we are at the beautiful Bear Lake.
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.
These three amassed a great collection of Junior Ranger badges on this vacation.
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!)
Liam and Jack had mountain man training from Jason.
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!
Matthew and Max honed their climbing skills. This was a pretty steep hike and these tough little boys handled it!
Over the ridge we found blue skies and gorgeous fields.
One of the kids took a picture of “butt rock” because we’re classy.
Qwirkle was our game of choice while waiting for dinner.
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!