Monday, May 31, 2010
The first thing we did was ride the Incline Railway to the bottom of the gorge. The line was very short for this in the morning. When we walked by it later in the day, there was at least an hour wait. We were very glad we did this when we did.
The ride to the bottom is very step.
When we got back up, we walked across the bridge to the other side of the park. The bridge is the world's highest suspension bridge. The walkway is made of 1,270 planks of deck; about 250 are replaced annually. The planks have large gaps in them and you can feel the bridge sway as you walk across. Cars are allowed to drive across, adding to the movement of the bridge.
The bridge was a perfect place to try out the panorama feature of my new camera. I had lots of fun experimenting with this setting.
On the other side of the bridge, has the Mountainman Encampment featuring many old west attractions, including a horsedrawn wagon ride, burro rides, panning for gold, ax throwing and re-inactments of gun fights.
To get back to the other side of the park, we took the Aerial Tram. Gliding more than 1,100 feet above the canyon floor it is the world's longest single-span Aerial Tram.
Within the park we also rode a trolley, a carousel and the Silver Rock Railway. It was one full day.
When we got back to the campsite, the kids wanted to keep going so we played some miniature golf. Then we had dinner, smores and they kiddos fell asleep.
The next day was a quieter day around the campsite. The kids are now at the age where they can basically entertain themselves. They played games in the camper, explored the woods behind our campsite, climbed on the playground, swam in the swimming pool and played with some of the outdoor toys. Mark and I were really wishing we had brought our books cause for the first time ever, we had a lot of down time on our hands.
By the end of the trip the four kiddos were wiped out. It didn't take much for the four of them to crash.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday - Introduction to camp, morning snack, create an art project entitled: A Tangled Web, play the Name Game in the gym, play SPUD in the gym, have lunch, make homemade ice cream, create another art project with Jello Sand painting, gym game super market lot, afternoon snack, discuss highs and lows of the day and create Camper Grams.
Tues - Day at the Reservoir. Lifeguards are not on duty yet so no swimming this week. Instead they played sand volleyball, went on the trails, played on the playground, and they had nets to capture and release water wildlife (among the items captured were crabs and shrimp). At 2:30 they headed back to school for afternoon snack, highs and lows of the day and Camper Grams.
Wed - Go to Old Chicago's to take a tour of the restaurant and make their own personal pizzas, head to the park for lunch, kickball and playing on the playground, head back to school for afternoon snack, highs and lows and Camper Grams.
Thurs - Go to Casa Bonita. For those of you not familiar with Denver or haven't seen the South Park episodes, Casa Bonita is an Mexican-themed restaurant labeled "The World's Most Exciting Restaurant". The multi-story complex includes a 30-foot-tall waterfall complete with cliff divers, their are magicians, fire jugglers, strolling mariachi bands roaming the tables, a pirate cave to explore and video games to play. As for the food, well, let's just say you don't go there for the food.
Friday: Small groups, create candy necklaces, play steal the bacon, make camp banner, have lunch, talk about your neighbors/neighborhood, create a jelly bean picture, play a gym game called Guess a Veggie, have an afternoon snack, go over highs and lows of the day and Camper Grams.
And that is just the first week!
She will be going to the YMCA for a few weeks, the zoo camp for one week and gymnastic camp for the rest of summer. I think she's going to be doing more this summer then she has in her five years combined!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
...filling up a bucket using wet sponges...
...volleyball using a beach ball...
...tug of war...
...flag tag where you have to rip the flags off your opponents waist...
Morgan really bonded with her partner, Gerrion. Good grief!
And now, summer official begins. It isn't going to last long though. Since school ends so early for us, it also begins early. August 4th they go back. It's going to fly by.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
...when just yesterday (I swear it was just yesterday, wasn't it??) we were here:
After the ceremony, we headed inside for snacks and to clean out the kids things. This wasn't the best kindergarten year. There were lots of ups and downs, but we made it through.
Klayton, Roan and Morgan are still buds. They will be going to summer camp together for a few weeks and will be camping with Roan's family.
Look at that smile. Can you tell that she's smitten with her "boyfriend" Peyton? His mom and I keep in touch so they will be getting together over the summer.
And here is her frienemy, Ashley. One day they are BFF, the next day they can't stand each other. Ah, the joys of girls!
Today is Field Day, their very last day of school. Mark is with her today. When he brings her home, she will no longer be a kindergartner. Summer vacation will begin.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
We are crossing our fingers that it isn't more time, but Morgan has expressed an interest in participating in the year end talent show. This is coming from the girl who passed on the opportunity to have a speaking part in the Winter Concert. Now she wants to perform some of her "gymnastic tricks" solo on a stage. While I would like to encourage this, I don't want to have to take off work for the auditions (yes - they have to audition for this!), the practices and the performance which is once again, during the middle of the day. Mark and I are not bringing it up again, and we are hoping she doesn't either. Shhhhh.