Tourist in my own state

For the 4th of July, we took a little mini-vacation to the mountains. I’d been to this particular resorty town before, but I’d never really had a chance to explore it on foot or in great detail. On the last night of our trip, we decided to dodge a threatening rain storm and head farther west to explore another resorty town, which according to radar was rain-free. (And, it was!) This town is world-known and rather hoity-toity.

It wasn’t until we were there that I realized that I’d never actually been there. I’d been over that pass countless times, and my hubby had skied there many times, but I’d never actually been in the town.  Doh!  For real!  I couldn’t believe it.

I was pleasantly surprised! It was actually really cool!

(And really cold! I felt like a total tourist buying a fleece jacket off the ½ off rack, but my hubby justified it by saying that I never buy clothes for myself [true], and the sale price made it very reasonable [true], and I needed another jacket [also true].)

And, for the record, I told him, out loud, that he was right. You see, before packing for this trip, he made sure we all packed jeans and a jacket. I had rolled my eyes at him and made gagging noises, but I packed what he told me to pack. I was wearing my jeans, but my jacket was conveniently in the car. And, it was a rain jacket, not a fleece…but, I digress. He was right, and I told him so. 🙂

And, the reason I had trouble wrapping my head around that was because the day I nearly froze to death was the day people were melting at home. 😉

Anyway…in exploring this little well-known place, we stumbled upon the most magnificent thing. A pirate ship! On the side of a mountain! Who knew!?

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A Pirate Ship!

A pirate ship!


And a dragon!

And a dragon!


And a little boat!

And a little boat!


And a little girl peeking through the top window!

And a little girl peeking through the top window!

Needless to say, the pirate ship was Claire’s favorite part of this particular adventure, and she did not want to leave it behind. I had to carry her, kicking and screaming (quite literally, I’m afraid) to the stroller. All the way to the potty in the parking garage, and to the car, and all the way back to the condo she kept lamenting for the pirate ship.

“But, I don’t wanna leave the pirate ship!!!”

…which out of context is pretty funny.

Summer was the perfect time to explore this place, because everything is so different when the snow has melted, plus the normally $15 parking garage was FREE! Bonus! We had such a great time, and I can’t believe I’ve lived here for almost 10 years, and I’ve never been there before.

There’s a first time for everything, I guess. 😉

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