This past week was our first week long stay in Leadville. WIth school and other kid activities it just hasn’t happened yet. The week started off with Daddy’s race. The girls happily went along to cheer Daddy on to the finish line, as long as it would be followed up by another visit to the rock store.
Part of my requirement for staying a week would be that the girls take this chance to get some badge work done. For the summer the girls have decided to work on getting their Geology, Gardening, and Birding badges. One requirement of the Geology Badge is that they go to a stream and note several things about the water. Dad had just the spot this morning which would also lead us on a small hike along the Colorado Trail. Check out this stream!
The girls had to find things like fast and slow streams, how the water causes erosion, how the stream carries things from upstream, etc. This required a good amount of detective work and they were eagerly up to the task.
Later on down the trail the big girls spotted some great rocks to climb.
Soon after the rocks the girls were getting tired and hungry. No fear Mom had sandwiches in the car and Dad had a favorite picnic spot in mind, Turquoise Lake. We found a spot on the beach and relaxed for a few hours while the kids played in the freezing water and built this in the sand.
On the 4th we decided to take a little day trip to Breckinridge. None of the girls had ever been to this town and Dad promised lots of shopping. They were in! While window shopping we found some of these in kid sizes. These are a favorite shoe for Dad and the girls were in dire need for some good hiking shoes. Plus they are quite stylish now so all in all a good buy.
Breckinridge was absolutely packed as everyone was in the mountains for the holiday. Didn’t matter, we were dedicated to seeing the fireworks in our own little town of Leadville for the first time. We perched ourselves on top of a hill to watch the show. Not a bad show for such a small town. We even had the excitement of seeing the firemen in action as they had to put out a small grass fire caused by some low fireworks.
While in Breckinridge we happened upon a great little furniture store which made all kinds of “cabin” style furniture. The outdoor furniture is what first caught my eye. We lucked out with a great adirondack style tea set bench for the deck.
As well as a nice relaxing swing for the yard. We were also able to finally find a great aspen log bed for the guest room. So as of now I think we are officially done with cabin furniture. Onto the decorations.
We spent much of the next few days playing in our yard. What I will remember most from this week was how dirty the girls were at the end of every night. I think this means they had a good time.