OK, really? We took almost all of it with us. If by "it" you're referring to three children, one large stroller, 2 bags of food, a camera, books, snacks, sippy cups, whining and the car.
What we escaped was the heat. If only for a few hours.
On the very last day of July, during our incredible heat wave, I was sick of being cooped up inside our house because it was too hot to walk anywhere or play outside. Instead, we drove off to Rocky Mountain National Park. I think the wild look in my eyes was all it really took to convince Eric that we needed to get out of the house and hit the road.
It was much cooler up there. And quieter. I relaxed into the sounds of bird song and running water. And the peeping of Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels. (Thanks for pointing that out, Sierra! My mistake!)
After the long drive, we were all glad to get out of the car and check out our surroundings. No one was as happy as the twins. They got a little crazy. We helped, of course.
We walked Emma and Logan towards one another across a boardwalk and they squealed and squealed with laughter. Then, after sitting them down next to one another, Emma tried to ambush Logan and knock him clean over. They both thought that was hysterical.
I took the opportunity to shoot a few family shots. With rabbit ears, of course.
I even got to be in a few pictures!
All said and done, I think it was a great day even if it started out hot and whiny - it ended cool and happy. And there were plenty of snuggles to be found.
Where do you go when you want to escape it all and Hawaii is just out of the question? Got any other good day trip ideas to share?