Monday, June 30, 2008

Greetings from Colorado

Hello, fellow TRASHed ones! I just wanted to say that is was so nice having you all here, and I hope you enjoyed your visit to our state. Thank you all for your help during your time here...everyone pitched in so wonderfully with cooking, dishes, cleaning, etc. We've got a great family, and it's wonderful that we all get along so well. I hope you all had good journeys home, and that you'll come visit again soon!

Major Meltage

Eric found out the hard way today that the TRASH '08 water bottles should not be left in a hot vehicle. His is now quite warped and unusable. Just thought I'd warn y'all!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Directions For Sunday

From Tracy’s house to Tommyknocker Brewery

US 285 South to

CO-470 West to

I70 West

Exit 240 turn right (13th Avenue)

Right on Miner Street.

Tommy Knocker Brew Pub is on the right. You can follow signs to town parking.

From Idaho Springs to Snow Mountain Ranch.

I70 West to Exit 232 for US-40 toward Empire

Take US-40 over Berthoud pass and through Winter Park

About 12 miles past Winter Park, the entrance to Snow Mountain Ranch is on the left.

I am not sure what to do from here, because Tracy did not see fit to tell me when she ordered me to make these directions. Just keep driving until you see someone or something you know. If you never do find it... call Tracy's or Grammy's or Papa Lou's (anyone as long as it is not Shep's) cell phone. I cannot guarantee that anyone will answer because I do not know if we will have any kind of cell reception way up in the wilderness of Grand County.

Monday, June 16, 2008

We have made it most of the way.

Well we have made it to Colordado Springs. So far so good. Getting to hike back in some trails. Going to Pikes Peak on Tuesday. We have plenty of down time. So if anyone needs us to pick anything we can. IE sunscreen, beer, or anything to save you from having to go to the store when you get here. Ted, I will stop at the Goodwill store to buy some clothes so we can rent bikes and show our our appearance.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Hi Everyone!
Thanks to all of you for calling Dad today on Father's Day. You made his day extra special. We are looking forward to seeing all of you very soon! I looked at the extended forecast for Winter Park and the highs are in the mid 60's, so pack accordingly. Don't forget............Talent Show................ parents as well as kids should participate........remember the fun we had when you were all kids!!!! Good memories! We love you all and want everyone to have a very safe trip!!!
Love, Grammy & Papa Lou

Friday, June 13, 2008

TNT's Colorado Vacation Definitions

Hello everyone! In light of our gracious hosts posts regarding tips and tricks for our Colorado trip, I thought I would share some of my slightly skewed "definitions" of the suggestions:

Altitude Sickness: perfect excuse to lounge around
High Altitude: standing by my lawn chair rather than sitting in it
Sunscreen: the umbrella over my lawn chair
Hydration: lots of Coors Lite (it's a pretty watery beverage, right?)
Hiking: the walk to the cooler for Coors Lite, and also to the bathroom
Group Hike: Jon and I walking to the cooler for Coors Lite (Budweiser)
Whitewater Rafting: my kids thrashing in the pool while I lay on a blow up raft
Rain Gear: the roof on the cabin
Walkie-Talkie: my children
Dressing in layers: if I decide to wear shorts AND underwear that day
Eating Foods and High in Potassium: Beer nuts
Horseback Riding: when my kids crawl on my back while lounging on the floor
Swimsuit: two words: Banana Hammock!

Looking forward to it!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Horsey Ride

We have reservations for 12.5 people to horseback ride! (The .5 is Connor who will be riding with me or Eric). The reservation is for Monday, June 23 at 10:00am, for a 1-hour ride. The others counted in the 12 are: Greg, Kara, Megan, Andrew, Katy, Michele, Jake, Jenny, Maya, Eric, Tracy and Tyler. If anyone else wants to go, just let me know and I'll add you to the list. I didn't have to put down a deposit. Yeeeeehaw!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


In addition to the regular personal items you'll be packing, here are some ideas of things you might want to bring, if you have these things:
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats -- both caps for sun and hats for cold, especially for the kids (hope the ones for cold won't be necessary, but you never know in the mountains)
  • Layers...since mountain weather is unpredictable -- jacket/sweatshirt/pants
  • Comfortable shoes -- you don't need hiking shoes to go hiking, but you won't want 3 inch heels! Might want to bring an extra pair in case they get muddy or wet.
  • Backpack -- to take hiking, etc.
  • Swimsuits
  • Rain gear
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Collapsible cooler (lunch bag to bring lunch on hike)
  • And of course, a CAMERA!!

We'll bring some bug spray so you don't have to deal with that on the plane. I'll let you know if I think of anything else.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Whitewater Rafting Info

I found out from Winter Park that the nearest whitewater rafting they recommend is Mad Aventures. They have two places to go rafting -- Idaho Springs and Kremmling. Idaho Springs is on the way to Winter Park from Denver, and is actually closer to Denver than to Winter Park. I was thinking if anyone wanted to do this, it would be good to do it the day we head up or the day we head back from Winter Park. But it's Class III-IV rapids, so kids have to be at least age 13. I'm guessing this leaves us out, unless there's a group of adults that wants to go.

Kremmling has Class I-III rapids, so kids age 4 and up can raft. However, Kremmling is about an hour drive from Winter Park. Not sure if anyone wants to make that trek.

I'll assume we'll pass on the whitewater rafting, unless I hear otherwise from some of you.

Feel free to come back and visit us any time when you might have more time to raft!