Back from the Mountains

Bubba & Betty with Wayne & Kim

This past week, our family took a well needed vacation from the farm.  It's the first one that we have gone on since building our farmhouse and farm almost three years ago.
(Yes, I was posting farm happenings while gone.  I couldn't go a whole week without it. Isn't it great that you can pre-post?)

Our winter destination was Crested Butte, Colorado.
It's simply gorgeous!  We've been there a couple of times before and it was calling us back.

The day we arrived it snowed a foot.  It made for wonderful skiing!

The boys loved it!  Wayne loved that they were all old enough to carry their own gear.  I loved it that we got to have some couple time to ski together.

One of the things we love about Crested Butte is the colorful old buildings. A lot of them were built in the early 1900s.  This is a coffee house covered with colorful license plates.  Cute!

This artist was painting the town with amazing detail
~ with gloves on!

One afternoon we traded our skis for sleds and went snowmobiling.
I was the old lady that everyone was waiting for.  It was great fun ~ pure exhilaration mixed with pure terror.

On the way there we stopped at the Royal Gorge Bridge.

It's the world's highest suspension bridge.
It's over 1,000 feet down to the Arkansas River.

picture I took from the gondola

You can walk or drive over it.
Jared wasn't too thrilled with the height or the fact that it shook in the wind.

Jake, Jonah & I took the gondola across.  It's the red spot in the photo below.  I have to say that was one of the most adventurous things I have done.  I don't know what I was thinking!

One of the highlights was our date night.  Who would have thought we could get a meal like this in an old house in an alleyway in a sleepy ski village.  Our meal at Soupcon (pronounced soop so(n)) was simply the BEST food we have ever eaten!
It was too pretty to eat and too delicious not to eat every bite!

photo credit: Soupcon

It was a great escape to the mountains.
It's nice to be back home on the farm though.


  1. That red gondola is so tiny and so high up...oh my. The ONLY thing that might persuade me to do that is the thought of taking photographs! Looks like an awesome time was had by all.

  2. Kim it looks as though you and your family had a fun certainly deserved it after not having a vacation for 3 years. I miss skiing it's a wonderful way to spend time with the family and be active. I have to say you're braver than I by taking the gondola...I'm afraid of heights and my hubby is worse than me! Love the photo's especially the last one...what a wonderful looking couple you make! Hope your week is a good one.
    Maura :)

  3. Looks like you had a great time! I know how precious those farm getaways can be. It will be 4 years this year since our last ;)

  4. Hi Kim, we've been to CB ourselves with the kids 3 times - I think it's my favorite place. I know you and your boys had fun - it's nice when they get a bit bigger, too, cuz you can just kind of turn 'em loose! Just meet up at lunch and the end of the day! Glad you had a good get away!

  5. Welcome home! It sounds like you had a ton of fun!

  6. I always love to see families out having fun together. It makes me think about happy memories I have of our own family trips. Glad you got to get out have a good time.

  7. looks like a totally wonderful time
    I used to live in Salt Lake City..lots of skiing in Park City and Sundance
    and NOW
    I am back in Alberta Canada
    oh yeah..lots of skiing and snowmobiling here
    Lake Louise
    you name it.....
    it's always good to get away and have fun


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