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Our Weekend Escape to Jay, Vermont

This past weekend we were able to sneak away from Texas for a few days. The reason? One of our best friends, Meagan and Dan, were getting married! A little background – Meagan was a friend of mine from the start at College. In the program we were in, there were very few girls, so a friendship started quickly between us. We continued to be friends throughout our 4 years there in Vermont. After college, we stayed in touch and always check in with each other at all major milestones and moments in our lives, even from Texas and Vermont. When Kyle and I got married in 2007, Meagan was our maid of honor. She did a great job and I was honored to be part of her special day as well, this past weekend! Dan, was someone we both knew in college as well – she has even known him for longer. He is a great guy and I’m so happy they found each other. I know they will have a great life together.

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So as I was saying, we were able to escape and spend some time in Jay, VT at Jay Peak where the wedding was taking place. If you are unfamiliar with Vermont, Jay is in the northern most part of Vermont, to the east. You are really only about 10 minutes away from Canada when you are driving around the area. It is where Meagan and Dan both grew up going skiing, where they had their first date and where Dan proposed. It was only fitting to have the wedding there too!

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It’ s kind of funny that we ended up at Jay this June, since last year we ended up in Colorado in Vail at another Ski Resort and we don’t ski! I think ski resorts are great in the summer months though, especially when you are from Texas!!

vermont-01They have a new resort and it is gorgeous! I forget the natural beauty that is Vermont and New England every time I’m away for a long time here in Texas. I love Texas, but man, it’s not nearly as pretty as New England.vermont-03So green, so lush and the temperature and weather was PERFECT! Even the cows down the road looked good!

The wedding itself went off really well! Meagan did an amazing job of getting it all together and of course, since she is a designer, everything was beautiful. 
vemront-04 As I’ve said before, It’s important to get away from time to time, as a couple without your kid(s) with you. We had a great time, it was nice sleeping in, doing whatever we wanted and just having fun as a couple rather than “mom and dad”! 
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Of course, Lennox had a great time too at her Mimi’s house, as she always does! It was nice to get back to her though – and her quirky / sassy ways. 

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Now, it’s time to get back to reality. We have a little girl who is turning FIVE YEARS OLD this week!! 

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Colorado

A Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

The main reason we went to Glenwood Springs was the Hot Springs Pool, but there is also another great attraction that you must see when you go to visit, the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park! At first we actually were not going to visit the park. We went to ride the gondola up and down the mountain, because the ones in Vail and Aspen were closed. But once we got to the top and saw all the fun things there were to do, we bought a few tickets. After a few rides, we ended up buying the day pass and it was so worth it! We had such a fun family day. This day was all about Lennox. Plenty of this vacation was about Mom & Dad but we made sure that this day, was about Lennox. She got to do everything she wanted!

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is located right in the heart of Glenwood Springs and immediately across from where we stayed! It opened mainly for the 2 caves that they have, one of which is Colorado’s largest show cave. Once up there, you will find out there are a ton of other things to do! They have Colorado’s first alpine coaster, Ferris wheel, zip line, roller coasters, 4D rides, panning for gems and so much more! I would highly recommend it – it’s worth the price!

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We started our day by going up the Gondola. This was the first time Lennox had been on something like this and I was unsure if she would be scared of the height, but she wasn’t at all!heather-lennox-glenwood-adventure-park kyle-lennox-glenwood-adventure-park

Once up the mountain, Lennox wanted to pan for gems! She had so much fun finding her treasures. It works like most other places work – you get a big bucket of dirt that has treasures in it, she pours out a little at time and sifts it in the running water. We found lots of beautiful stones, gems and even an arrowhead.

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After panning for gems, Kyle brought Lennox on the alpine coaster. This girl is scared of nothing! She got right in the little car and down the mountain she went. This Alpine Coaster brings you 3,4000 feet down the side of a mountain going very fast! She immediately wanted to do it again and again and again. This is when we realized we need to just buy the day pass that lets you do everything as many times as you want!

glenwood-caverns-adventure-park04glenwood-caverns-adventure-park03 A ride that is a little calmer is the Mine Ferris Wheel. It is a slow and easy ferris wheel for all ages. You get a nice view of the area from atop the mountain as well!

glenwood-caverns-adventure-park06glenwood-caverns-adventure-park05 Later in the day we went into the two caves that are within this mountain. They are very different from the caves we went to in Texas but still very cool – especially for Lennox. The first cave we went into was the Fairy Cave. Can I just say, it was the cutest thing to hear Lennox talk about how Fairies lived in this cave, how she may have seen one AND that the little puddles that were around, were where they went swimming and took a bath? CUTE!!

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After heading out of the Fairy Cave, we rode some more rides and then headed into the best showcave in Colorado, Kings Row Cave. This one is much more of a decorated cave where you go down deeper into the cave and get to experience TOTAL darkness. You don’t know dark until you have experienced darkness underground.

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Day Trip to Aspen & Maroon Bells

When we were in Colorado for a week this summer, one of our day trips was to Aspen. I have always wanted to go to Aspen. Of course, I bet its even more beautiful in the winter when it’s covered in white fluffy snow, but spring/summer will have to do for now!

aspen01Aspen was about an hour drive from Glenwood Springs, where we were staying. So after breakfast we hopped into the car and we were on our way. Driving to Aspen from Glenwood was a really nice drive as you are not on a big interstate highway as we were prior days, instead you drive through a lot of small towns before hitting the Aspen area.

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Once arriving in Aspen we wandered around town. It was a little different from what I expected, but it reminded me a lot of Cape Cod. I know a lot of Cape Codders and New Englanders vacation in the winter in Aspen, and I can see why. Although it is different, it really is very similar. It is a town of higher class stores, adult appeal and naturally beautiful.

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We roamed around town, grabbed some lunch where you could sit outside on the pedestrian road, eat some amazing homemade macaroni and cheese and try an adult beverage, a Moscow Mule. Kyle said that they were known for that so we tried one! It was pretty good and the copper mule cup it comes in, is pretty awesome!

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Lennox had some time to play at the bottom of the ski slopes on a mountain themed playground and then we decided, as the weather was turning, we would go see the number one most scenic spot in Colorado, the Maroon Bells!

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The Maroon Bells area is a 30 minute drive from downtown Aspen, but it is beautifully scenic. If you go in the middle of the summer, you would be required to take a shuttle but since we had a child with us, we were allowed to drive due to the car seat! Honestly, that was way better than taking the shuttle too! We could take our time and stop for any wildlife we saw. We were lucky enough to see a few deers and other creatures that Lennox loved!

aspen-maroon-bells-10Can you spot the animal?aspen-maroon-bells-12Once at the Maroon Bells, we went on the search for some snow, and low and behold we found some – this made Lennox very excited! It may have been old, kind of gross snow, honestly, but oh well – she loved it!aspen-maroon-bells-08aspen-maroon-bells-04 aspen-maroon-bells-07Since the weather was turning (cloudy, cool and sprinkling) it wasn’t busy at all. It’s a quiet area where you can take in the scenery. Lennox took this picture of us. She completely chopped off the mountains but not too bad of a picture for a 4-year-old! aspen-maroon-bells-05aspen-maroon-bells-02It was quiet enough that a LARGE Cinnamon Bear decided to make an appearance. I was able to snap a few photos of him – he really wasn’t far from us at all – it was little nerve-wracking – but he went along his business and eventually went back into the woods!aspen-maroon-bells-06aspen-maroon-bells-11Seeing the Maroon Bells, the mountains and all of the Aspen Trees in bloom was beautiful. something about the gray sky, white barked trees and vibrant green leaves just make these trees so pretty to me.aspen08If you are in the area, I would really recommend heading to Aspen for a relaxing, scenic day! Maybe some day, we can get back during the winter!aspen09