Leadville with the Sandovals

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This week we finally had our friends the Sandovals up for a two night stay at the cabin. The kids were really looking forward to having some friends sleepover in their bunk beds. They all took turns sleeping on the top bunks so the fighting was kept to a minimal. We are lucky they all get along so well. The weather has been warming up drastically so we were able to spend a few hours at Turquoise Lake playing in the sand and the freezing lake water.

Summer 2011

Day two we decided to be a little adventurous and take the gang to a new (to us) hot springs pool in the Buena Vista area. Mount Princeton Hot Springs was pretty remote. It had upper pools with a large water slide which had more of a “normal” pool setting. The kids swam in the upper pools until they were closed for the day.

Summer 2011

The lower pools are open into the evening so we talked the gang into giving them a look as well. I was happy we did because they were definitely the better part of the springs. The lower pools run alongside a river. Along the sides of the river there are pockets of shallow slower moving water. As we ventured closer we were told that the hot springs actually seeped into the river along these sides. You were able to sit in these pockets and feel the hot water seeping up from the ground. As you buried your feet into the sand it actually got really hot. But, as it mixed with the river water the temp was great.

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My kids loved the rustic feel of the river. The Sandoval kids not so much. So we stayed just a bit and decided to get the kids off for dinner. I could have stayed a few more hours but there is always next time.

Summer 2011

Summer 2011

Madison did find this cool rock along the river that was the shape of a perfect little chair. She was able to sit here and relax while my kids played in the river. A great visit for the kids. We can’t wait to show them Leadville in the winter. I don’t think they’ve seen a winter quite like that before.

Summer 2011