Grandma’s Visit to Colorado

There is something magical that happens when you live in a vacation destination. You gain an appreciation for your surroundings that may not always be there. Colorado is a hot spot to visit in the summer and the winter, and for years now, we’ve hosted guests year-round. (We’ve also lovingly referred to our home as The Hotel Rasmussen for this very reason.)

This year, Grandma came to stay with us for a week. We spent our time hiking, crafting, playing games, and seeing the sights! To make things easier, I wrote up each day and posted them where they would have been chronologically, AND I’m going to post links to them here, just so you don’t miss any:

Grandma’s Visit: June 9 and 10
Grandma’s Visit: June 11 and 12
Grandma’s Visit: June 13
Grandma’s Visit: June 14
Grandma’s Visit: June 15

Enjoy!

While I’m at it, I’m going to share a funny thing that happened while I was taking yet another sunset picture the other day. (I can’t stop taking them!) Here it is, another wonderful sunset on the lake picture:

Wait. Wrong camera. Bah-hahahah!

Drastic Measures

The snow-capped mountains were peeking at us on our sunny hike this morning!

We thought we started early enough to avoid the heat, but we miscalculated. (We ended up doing *almost* 3 miles before calling it quits.)

Our hike got hotter faster than we anticipated. Therefore, we were forced to take drastic measures.

Hello, Summer!

Hello, summer! May you be as long as our shadows were tonight!

Duck, Duck, Goose

…only, we call this one “Birds, Birds, Birds, Birds, Birds, Flower.”

 

Today, Denver had record-breaking temps, so Claire and I got our first level of steps in by 10:30am, and I put together a fun collage of our pictures from today’s hike! (My official Fitbit goal is 10,000, but I usually try to double that.)

Claire’s Little Buddy

No, I haven’t updated about Grandma’s trip out to see us yet, but I will! In the meantime, Claire and I went on a long hike this morning out at Standley Lake Reservoir.

As we were hiking, we saw the tail end of a brightly colored snake (maybe a fox snake?) slither off the trail. He startled us, but not like the snake we saw a couple weeks ago, and he was gone before we could even give him a second thought.

Then, we saw a coyote!

He stayed around long enough for us to get pictures.

This trail is just gorgeous. Because we went pretty early, it wasn’t too hot. Perfect!

Pano of the trail and the lake

 

The trail near the spillway

 

We’re zipping along, and Claire is behind me. All of a sudden, I hear her gasp, and by some mystical, magical move, she’s no longer right behind me; she’s completely over on the other side of the trail! How she cleared that distance in a single bound, I’ll never know. I think she thinks she’s speaking (or screaming?), but only strangled whispers are coming out!

“Snake! Snake! Snake!” she gasps, as she frantically gestures toward a clump of weeds.

Do you see him?

Go ahead. Click on the photo to zoom in. I’ll wait. No?

I didn’t see him at first either (clearly, because I’d walked right by him), but then I did!

She was like, “GET THE PICTURE AND LET’S GO. What are you doing!? Why are you so close!? WHY ARE YOU TAKING SO LONG. Ssssssnnnnnnaaaaaaaake.” (I wish I had an audio of her gaspy, strangled, gargle-y pleas.)

Funny…he looks so innocent. These tales of “He tried to eat me!” and “He whipped me with his tail!” and “He hissed at me!” may be somewhat exaggerated. Claire vehemently defends her case. (I know the feeling of being startled by a snake, so I didn’t make too much fun of her.)

Here’s the answer key

 

Here’s a zoomed in shot of Claire’s Little Buddy.

From then on, every branch or dead weed stalk made her twitch, which led to our favorite quote from our hike: “Jeez, you see two snakes & a coyote, and you get all jumpy.” 😀

 

Grandma’s Visit: June 15th

NOTE: Grandma was able to come to Colorado and visit us for a week! I’m popping back from the future (how very LOST of me) to recap our days together. We had such a great time!

On this day, we took Grandma to our favorite place for tea in downtown Denver. Then, after a quick wardrobe change, we hit the hiking trails! We capped the evening off with a walk around the lake.

Tea!

Hikers

Goats Beard and a Ladybug

Milkweed

Sunset

The next day, bright and early, Claire and I took her to the airport. We had such a great week with her, and we saw so many wonderful things. She’ll have stories to tell everyone back home, and we’ll all have great memories to cherish!

DMNS and a Mishap with a Mastodon

Where have we been? I said I’d keep things updated here on the blog, and then *poof* we disappear. Well, Grandma came to visit, and she’s still here! I have been spending too much time hosting and not enough time updating, but I thought I’d risk doing things out of order and pop in to share some fun photos from today. (I’ll update about the rest of her visit later.)

Today, we took her to one of our absolute favorite places in Denver: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (or the DMNS, as we like to call it). We’re members here and love taking our guests to explore!

Grandma has been here before, but there’s never enough time to see everything in one visit, so we made a point to put this on the itinerary again. She was thrilled!

We had an opportunity to check out the Planetarium AND the Viking’s Exhibit. We always go up to see our favorite view of the city, and this time, the solar telescope was there! (What a treat! If you’re there, you need to check out the terrace level and see if they have it set up!)

Then, when we were done for the day, Claire was unexpectedly crushed by a mastodon.

The End.

😉

 

 

Grandma’s Visit: June 13th

NOTE: Grandma was able to come to Colorado and visit us for a week! I’m popping back from the future (how very LOST of me) to recap our days together. We had such a great time!

Today, we took Grandma on TWO hikes, with a stop at our Library in between! The first hike we did was near Standley Lake Reservoir, and then we took her to Two Ponds.

We discovered that ladybugs LOVE thistles!

There were oodles of them!

The 11 (and a half) year old, sitting on the 11 of the sundial, reading a book about Egypt. Typical.

We saw a bunch of artists doing some Plein Air painting at Two Ponds!

Clover

Here are Grandma and Claire. Pretty as a picture!

 

Grandma’s Visit: June 11 and 12

NOTE: Grandma was able to come to Colorado and visit us for a week! I’m popping back from the future (how very LOST of me) to recap our days together. We had such a great time!

We took Grandma to one of our favorite restaurants. Their bathroom features an Infinity Mirror.

We love taking photos in front of it!

I mean, seriously!? How cool is this?

We also took Grandma to see Wonder Woman! Claire and I had already seen it, but we loved it just as much a second time!

More hiking, more pictures of sunsets. So boring.

Colorado was just showing off!

She has all her ducks in a row. How ’bout you?

Grandma’s Visit: June 9 and 10

NOTE: Grandma was able to come to Colorado and visit us for a week! I’m popping back from the future (how very LOST of me) to recap our days together. We had such a great time!

After gorging ourselves shortly after she arrived, we made her walk around the lake with us.

Ripples at sunset 6.9.17

She brought us matching hats, so we tested them out on a hike the next morning!

We did some more exploring…