Monday, September 26, 2016

CO Springs - Air Force Academy

We left Boulder Saturday and got stuck in some traffic on I-25 but managed to make it to the Air Force Academy before lunch. We checked out the visitor center and gift shop, then walked over to the chapel, by the far the coolest building on the campus. We especially appreciated the Catholic chapel in the basement.


We hit Chik-Fil-A for lunch, then got back onto 25 for Santa Fe. It was about an hour north of Santa Fe we hit the 200K mile mark in the Sequoia. The drive in southern Colorado, among the mountains, was pretty, but into Santa Fe was only ok. We were also quite tired by that point.

Sunday, September 25, 2016


That Friday we drove up to Boulder to see Bobbins' friends Michael and Ann and their two girls. It was a nice visit with some good food and beer. The four girls loved playing together. Bobbins and I fondly remembered visiting Michael and Ann many years before, when we were un-married, and driving over to Boulder with them for lunch.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


We were in Denver for almost the whole week. Bobbins took the kids out each day while I was doing applicant interviews. She got some nice photos, but unfortunately they were lost (will explain later). They went to the Colorado State Capitol, the Denver Art Museum, and a few other places. I had some good interviews and went swimming with the girls at the hotel a few times. They were re-modeling, so Owen got to "drive" this forklift a couple times.


It was something all of us piled into one room. We had a king size bed for Bobbins and I, a pull-out couch for the girls, and the PnP for Owen. Which left Fish with ... the bathtub. He was fine in there and slept no problem. But being the light sleeper he is, it meant we couldn't use the toilet at night. The girls and Bobbins got by with cups, while I walked down to the lobby restroom.

Other highlights were a restaurant called Modern Market and Centennial Center Park.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Into Colorado

From Arches, we planned to drive to Grand Junction, CO, where I had a hotel reservation. I figured there'd be somewhere to eat on I-70 on the way there, but alas, there was only a gas station and nasty food. Bobbins made due. We nearly hit a deer just west of Grand Junction. Out of nowhere it sprinted onto the freeway in front of us as we were going about 75mph. We pulled into our hotel around 10pm. Luckily, we had called ahead to keep our reservation, because the hotel was fully booked. We got the handicapped room, which left plenty of room for Fish in the PnP in the bathroom.

He woke up that Sunday morning with the worst blowout poop I have ever seen. I got to clean it out by hand in the shower, which had terrible water pressure. One of the pant legs of his one-sie was full of crap.

We had a very nice Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Grand Junction. Then we found a great local restaurant nearby for a delicious breakfast. Off we headed to Denver in the afternoon. The drive along I-70 and the Colorado River was stunning. I actually enjoyed being behind the wheel for once. We stopped in Vail to stretch our legs. The skiing season had just ended (although there were people still on the slopes way up in the mountains), so it was dead. The kids played on a pirate ship park and we found a high quality ski pole in a stream. We rolled into Denver about 6pm.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Arches National Park

I had planned for us to stop at Arches National Park near Moab. We pulled in later than intended, about 3pm, but we had plenty of daylight to explore. Somehow, the park was free, and the Visitor Center was nice. Bobbins snapped this photo of the boys in the courtyard. Fish fell about two minutes after this. Bobbins caught him, thankfully. We followed the map into the park and spent all our time at Sand Dune Arch, about in the middle of the park. We drove around to a couple others. The girls loved playing in the sand, and we had a nice little hike to Broken Arch.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monument Valley

I had to go to Denver for work for a week at the end of May, and we decided to make a family trip of it, even though MM would miss her last days of school. So on a Saturday morning, we all piled into the Sequoia and drove north, stopping for gas in Flagstaff and lunch at Sonic in Kayenta, where it was very windy. From there we went through Monument Valley into Utah. It was a gorgeous drive, of course. Monument Valley is stunning, and southeastern Utah (such as Mexican Hat) wasn't too shabby either. After Monument Valley, everyone, including Bobbins, fell asleep, so I was left to enjoy it by myself.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Vacation or Trip

I'm about to post pic's of our trip to Denver, but first I wanted to share this article, which appropriately sets the stage. We definitely fell in the category of trip, not vacation.

So, you’re headed out on a family vacation this summer. Great news! But are you sure? Are you sure it’s a vacation? You might want to think about that for a minute. Because a vacation is best described as time away from a job and/or the monotony and frustrations of day-to-day life, with the goal of relaxing and having fun.
Not to be a super downer, but chances are, if you have kids (and they are coming with you), you aren’t going on a vacation at all. You’re going on what I like to call... a trip. You see, a trip is simply a journey to a place.
While there is nothing wrong with a family trip — and, in fact, it can be a memorable time of family bonding — it should never, ever be confused with a vacation. Such confusion can lead to unexpected feelings of regret and disappointment typically taken out on your spouse, who, incidentally, is feeling just as confused and swindled as you are.