In June, we were lucky enough to have my whole family out for a great trip out to our beloved mountains. My brother and his wife brought my awesome little nephew out, and my parents treated us to an amazing week/weekend in Grand Lake, at a home on a private lake that Anthony and I have visited a couple of times before. To be able to share with them a sampling of the views and activities that make up such a huge part of our life was priceless.
Obviously some time has already passed since this glorious week together, so I don’t know if I can even do a play-by-play at this point, but I will always cherish the highlights, including (in no particular order):
• Viewing local wildlife, including a group of several bull moose along with their wives and children (yes, I mean lady moose and baby moose).
• Sharing amazing meals cooked by the various talented meal-smiths in my family.
• So many games, including cards, Scrabble, and bocce ball around the cabin.
• Enjoying a nostalgic ride on a rowboat, fishing with my big brother, (almost) just like the old days in Minnesota.
• General relaxation on and around the lake.
• Watching my sweet, sweet nephew exude his simple joy for life, and also witnessing how much he is learning and growing up before our very eyes.
• Silly moments including our Pandora guessing game, bourbon ice cream floats (and other questionable frozen treats…), and stealing chunks of cookie dough as Mom attempted to bake.
• The long awaited bluegrass jam band session overlooking the lake.
• Fly fishing on the Colorado River. I was prepared to not even get a nibble, but with the guidance of a well-practiced veteran, I pulled in 3 trout!
• Seeing my parents truly relax and enjoy a well-deserved weekend away.
• Simply spending time with some of the most important people in my world.
Thanks, Mom and Dad. It was a trip we will never forget.
* All photos, unless otherwise specified, were taken by my dad, of Park Meadows Photography. There were also some incredible landscape and wildlife photos that he will be offering for sale on his website as soon as his slacker daughter gets his newly-designed site up and running!