Somehow, I missed posting about our drive up to Loveland Pass! We decided it would be fun to combine it with some stargazing, so we left Denver at around 7:00 and made our way up I-70. What is always amazing to me the temperature difference once you head up into the mountains. When we left Denver, it was 85 degrees. When we got to Loveland Pass two hours later, it was 45! Now sure, some of that is from the sun going down, but a lot of it is just from the altitude difference.
As you can see, Loveland is at just shy of 12,000 feet. We "low-landers" had a little trouble climbing the stairs due to the lack of oxygen. :)
They were trying to stargaze, but the flash was too bright.
Not 100 yards from where we parked was a good-sized snowfield. Olivia is a little over 4 feet tall, so there's more than 5 feet still up there!
Sadly, like all trips, this one had to end. We had such a wonderful time seeing people we love and being in a place we sometimes wish was still our home. I think the best part for the kids was making new friends. When we weren't out seeing the sights or taking hikes, they were in the yard bouncing on the trampoline or inside playing with Legos or playing "school". They've asked a few times when we'll get to go back to see Will, Katrina, Trinity, Anthony, Tyler, Paige, and Josiah. We really hope it won't be 6 more years. We'd like to plan it to be an every-other-summer trip!
Sunrise on the morning we left. Sadly, we had to head into it...