I have no idea how Abe managed to blog while we were on our trip; I had internet issues the entire time. It was so frustrating, especially because every day I remembered to take pictures for the blog.
Saturday, May 2
After I passed my final(!!!!!!!), I came home and got myself ready for our trip. Abe got everyone and everything else ready. We set off for Steamboat Springs around 3 pm, and we took the scenic route through Provo Canyon. It was a gorgeous, gorgeous drive. We pulled into Steamboat Springs around 10 pm, and we are so grateful to Karin, who let us use her lovely time-share there.
We were really impressed with the ward at Steamboat Springs. It was small, but in testimony meeting it became clear that everyone had a lot of love for each other and the gospel. The girls were out of control from the previous day’s car ride, so we cut out of sacrament five minutes early and headed back to the time-share for a quick dip in the outdoor pool before lunch and more driving. We figured swimming on the Sabbath was justifiable because it felt only humane; our poor girls had been and would be pent up in their car seats for hours, and they so enjoyed splashing around in the sunshine and getting their wiggles out.
In the evening, we had a barbecue with Abe’s family and picked David up from his relatives’ house. Then we drove to Estes Park, where Karin had gotten us all a cabin with her time-share. It was one of the most magical settings I have ever experienced.
On Monday we headed to the viewing and the funeral. In a way, we have been recovering ever since. I watched the girls in the church foyer so Abe could fully experience the funeral, and he was deeply moved by the funeral. His grandpa was a huge influence on him growing up, and it was hard for him to say goodbye.
After the funeral, we went to Abe’s other grandparents’ house to visit. I stayed in the car with the sleeping children, but Abe’s grandma came out and we had a sweet visit.
I took the girls to the park by the river and took a bunch of cute photos which are on my phone in my purse. After that, we picked up breakfast and headed over to the visitor’s center and Rocky Mountain National Park. This is one of my absolute favorite national parks now. My favorite landscapes–alpine mountains and lakes–make up the entire park. It was stunning. We want to go back when we are properly attired to actually hike some of those alluring trails. (I only brought one pair of shoes on the trip, and they were suede flats. They weren’t exactly made for hiking in snow. None of us had anything heavier than a sweater. Next time we will prepare better.)
Today I can’t think of anything exciting that happened, but we did get two cute pictures of the girls making pizza.