On the last full day of our Colorado vacation, we went river rafting with the Richardson family. Because Asher and Caden are only four and five years old, we were only allowed on Class 1/2 rapids. After the fact, I would NOT suggest doing this rafting trip unless you can go on Class 3 rapids (your children must be 7 years old is what I was told). The kids had fun though as we leisurely floated down the river.
On Tuesday, the 15 of us started out with a 2 1/2 mile round trip hike to Hanging Lake. Hanging Lake is a jewel nestled in the Rocky Mountains! The hike was difficult and rocky, (1000 feet elevation gain), but the kids were ALL champs! We even had a 2 year old with us! I totally recommend this hike, the accomplishment of completing it WITH my family was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip!
all 15 of us! Friends since 1998!
We made it!
If you hike up about 5 minutes higher, you will find Spouting Rock where you can walk behind the waterfall!
I’m standing behind the waterfall. Can you see some of the kids?
Me and the girls went on a 2 hour horseback ride up and down a mountain in Avon, CO! It was challenging, but the views were gorgeous! Rilyn said, “They make this look a lot easier in the movies!” At one point, Rilyn was crying because her horse kept eating grass and she had to keep pulling on the reins and the leather from the reins was blistering her hands. 😦 The ride was age 7 and up, but Ella needed a guide to lead her horse because she wasn’t strong enough to lead her horse. The ride was definitely good for the girls to go out of their comfort zone and experience something so unique!