Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day Trippin'

Last week we decided to pack up and take off for a few days. We didn't really know exactly where we would end up, but we knew we were going to Colorado. We went through Rangely down through Grand Junction and ended up staying in Montrose the first night.

The next day we drove to Ouray, it was a cute little mining kind of town then we started up the hill towards the next town.
These pictures were taken just above Ouray before we headed through the scary mountain pass!

It was a scary but beautiful drive up through the hills of western Colorado. We stopped in Durango to eat lunch and walk around a bit. We thought about staying there for the night, but decided to head toward Mesa Verde. We got to the park and drove around the loop. Someday when Miles is bigger we hope to actually hike into some of the ruins that are available...he was just too small to do any of that. We did see some very interesting things in the park though and Miles had a good time running around.

After visiting Mesa Verde we stayed in Cortez. It was a kind of interesting little city. We had a pretty good view from our hotel room, but we were pretty worn out and didn't do too much around here.

The next morning we made our way up through Monticello and through Moab. We drove into Arches National Park and hiked up to Landscape Arch in the Devil's Garden area. Miles was a little trooper! He ran pretty much all the way to the arch! He got to see a couple of lizards and even a deer. We carried him part of the way back since he was pretty tired!

We left Arches and drove to Fruita, Colorado and took Miles to a dinosaur museum. Normally he LOVES dinosaurs and was pretty excited when he saw some outside. When we went into the museum we saw some of their dinosaur robots and they really scared him! It was a pretty neat museum...they had the robots, bones and an earthquake simulator. We ended up spending the night there in Fruita instead of going on to Grand Junction.

It was a crazy but fun trip! We got to see quite a few new things and it has motivated me to want to get out and do more stuff. When Miles is big enough I'd like to go again and do more hiking and maybe even some biking...gotta get into shape!