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Making plans...

One of the things I enjoy about summer break is coming up with new experiences for the kiddos. (This doesn't even have to occur during *summer* break -- last year, I think Mesa Verde was one of their favorite times, and that was during Spring Break.) This summer is no exception. Although we don't have a big trip (like our trip to Boston) planned, we are going to take a two-three day trip to Glenwood. There's a gorgeous hike just east of the town (I've done it twice, but only once with DH -- the kiddos have never done it). Glenwood also has some cool caves, and I just bought tickets for us to explore them (Groupon). :) Along with the caves, they have a little amusement park too (with a very high roller coaster which makes me feel ill just seeing the pictures...not sure if I'll do that one).

If we have time, we might drive over to Marble too (another cool hike that ends near where they cut marble out of the hills)...and end up in Aspen, where we can always either hike Maroon Bells or any number of other alpine hikes. Then, we'd drive home over Independence Pass, which is truly spectacular! We haven't been to Aspen as a family since 2009, so I'm thinking it's time to return. Hopefully, DH will have the time to take the extra days (I think it would be either 3 or 4 days, depending on if we throw the Marble stuff in there). Either way, I'm excited. :)

We also have a 'wish list' of trips we'd like to take in the next five to seven years (ie, before D is in college). We want to go to Alaska (that's probably the biggie), but we also want to hit Teton Natl Park, Glacier Natl Park, San Francisco area, and return to Boston. Of course, if the airline prices ever drop enough (they'd have to drop significantly), we'd also like to go to Hawaii before DH's sis leaves the islands.

With all that, we're very thankful to live in a state with so many unusual and beautiful places to visit -- we can drive to those, and even with hotel costs thrown in, it's very affordable.

What about you? How do you decide vacation destinations?

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beachdog
May. 7th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Jefferson County (near you?) in the news ...fire drills ;o(

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323687604578466930523761910.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1

Your summer plans sound awesome! My limited vacation time gets absorbed by obligatory visits. Next year a tour of Yellowstone is in the cards.

robinellen
May. 7th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
We live in Jeffco, but it's a huge county. We had some serious fires last year, so I'm sure they're hoping to prepare as much as they can. However, with snow still on the ground along the north-facing hills, hopefully it won't be nearly as bad!

Yellowstone is wonderful...once we get some of the other natl parks in, I know we'll want to return there. :)
beachdog
May. 7th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
robinellen
May. 7th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Your little guys are adorable :)

DH is lucky to ride every Tuesday night, and one of the group always brings a cooler filled with beer...so I think most mtn bikers associate beer and biking, heh. (Longmont is pretty far from us -- at least 45-60 minutes -- but DH does bike up there now and then during the summer.)
olmue
May. 8th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, our summer plans usually circle around moving. But before we move, we're planning to see as much of Yellowstone and the Tetons and bits of Montana that we can. Sigh. I wish we had more time.
robinellen
May. 8th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
I wish you did too...maybe you'll hear of a miraculous opening still in Idaho :)
olmue
May. 8th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
That would be nice!
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