Horseback riding up the Rocky Mountains. Getting the most stubborn and hungry horse that enjoys finding it’s own path and eating grass the whole time. Go figure, right? Snowball fights in July. Hiking to the top of a waterfall in a dress and flats, whilst my brother and husband both inform me I’m way to stubborn for my own good. (See? Horsey and I were kindred spirits.) Rock-climbing. My brother keeping a death grip on my wrist in the especially dangerous areas, because he also knows how clumsy I am. Fishing with the younger gang and the hubby. Pouting because everyone caught a fish but me. Cuddling with Kate, my favorite little five year old. Bungee trampolining. Enjoying the wonderfully cool and humid free weather, mostly sunny with one gorgeous thunderstorm thrown into the mix. Playing beer pong with the second cousins. A sweet stranger spotting my cut from hiking and offering me a band-aid. Going to a quaint little coffee shop. Drinking coffee by a babbling brook. Staying up late, drinking too much and giggling way too loudly. Waking up every morning to the fresh air and beautiful mountains. Shopping with my dude in downtown Estes Park. Crying over a silly argument and sleep deprivation, and getting hugs and cuddles in return. Smore-making and laughing around the campfire. Wanting to, at times, kill my brother and husband and dad for being so annoyingly chummy around each other. But also loving how well they all get along. Laughing, drinking, eating, adventure-going and in general just being around my perfectly imperfect family. I’m a lucky girl.
Video blog of the trip coming soon! If you’re wondering, yes, I did interview some random strangers.