Monday, June 30, 2008

Golden, CO

What a fun Saturday we had. We went up and visited a friend, Patty, that lives in Golden--Jim's known her most of his life--a close family friend. She took us to lunch at the Golden Hotel which is right along the Clear Creek. It was really beautiful as we lunched on the patio that overlooked the water. There were kayakers and it was just a lovely day--we couldn't ask for nicer weather.

We took a walk up the river--they have several "nature-y" sculptures along they way. The kids loved those! They had a mock pioneer town, with real chickens and people dressed as pioneers. Then we ended up going down by this great slide that has a mouth of a fish at the opening on the bottom. This was Kyle's favorite thing to do. He would go down, and just keep running up the stairs as fast as his little legs would take him.

At this same area, there was a concrete "jet-out" that went into the river. I was kind of scared, as the waters were rather fast and I could just imagine it sweeping a kid we were super safe. It was COLD water! But, after a while, it was rather refreshing to stand in--kind of a neat thing, that you would think --in our sue-happy world-- wouldn't be so much allowed anymore, but it's cool that it's still there and able to be enjoyed.

My kids love rocks. They love to smash them, play on them, collect them...I find Isabel's backpack full of some "cool" rock she found at school or on the way home, or a cool rock that her science teacher gave her, or her bus I guess people know that she likes rocks! This has passed on to her brothers and they will go outside and play with rocks for hours. So, when they saw these big rocks to climb on, they were loving life!

I was impressed with Golden and want to go back and spend more time there. Maybe even try kayaking! They make it look so easy. =) It was really a beautiful place--it gets me wondering where else in Colorado we need to explore. Any ideas people???


Moose & Family said...

It sounds like you had a fun day and you got lots of nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Mike & Wendy said...

Saint Mary's Glacier in Alice. The hike is easy to the beautiful lake. Then if you want to be a little adventurous you can hike up to the snow field that is there year around and sled down it. We did this with the Davis' in July a year ago and had a blast. Can be a little scary with the kids going down. Need one Dad at the top with the kids and one brave dad stopping them. There are crazy skiers there all the time!

Janint said...

What a fun day you had! Colorado seems to be a beautiful state!

cindylou said...

Your pictures are great, Sara!! Looks like you guys had a fun time! There are soo many fun places to see in Colorado! I love living here!!

The Gatherum Clan! said...

Man we miss Colorado. I wish we would have been more adventureous when we lived there. So much to see and do. What a fun place you found! Looks like a great place for the family photos. Fun times!