After a longer period of blog silence than I have had in a long while (maybe ever? though I have to admit, it was kind of awesome), I am back to inundate you with tales and pictures from our vacation in Colorado.
My family has been going to Colorado for as long as I can remember. For the first half of my life, the whole extended family gathered in Estes Park every other year for a family reunion. We would spend a happy week playing with cousins on the boulders, traipsing between cabins each night for my grandfather to tell us stories, and begging my aunt and uncle to make homemade ice cream and then sneaking away so we didn’t have to churn. Sometime when I was in middle school, my great uncle built some cabins in Buena Vista Colorado and our reunions shifted locations but remained otherwise intact. After high school however, it became too hard to get the whole family out to Colorado. Everyone had jobs, summer internships, camps, sports, etc, and no one could find a two-week chunk where we were all free to trek out west.
It had been over five years since my family has been back to Buena Vista. When we started trying to find a time for just our immediate family to come out, it looked a little impossible. Lyman graduates and moves out to DC (hurray!), Zach has all sorts of research grants for the summer, James can only take so many vacation days, and I… oh wait, I spend my summers reading books and staking out pools, so I was always free. But finally, it all fell into place together and we all made it out here.
I love this land, with all of its memories and majesty.