Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Trip to Denver

We took a family vacation to Denver a week ago. We had tons of fun! We left early on a Saturday morning and got to Denver Saturday afternoon. Kendall and the boys immediately headed down to Coors Field to watch the Rockies and the Padres play. While they were there they got their picture taken with Ubaldo Jimenez. He is the Rockies star pitcher that started the All-Star game this year. They loved it! They also won that night.

The next day the whole family went downtown early and walked around the 16th street outdoor mall. They had tons of stores. Ten blocks worth to be exact. We then all headed back over to Coors field to watch a second Rockies game. They didn't win this one, but it was still a blast.

On Monday, we headed over to Elitch Gardens. This is Denver's Amusement Park. It's an Amusement Park and Water Park all in one. They had some very fun roller coasters that we all loved. Late in the day as the temperatures were around 95 degrees, we rode a ride that got you soaked. It generates this gigantic wave that no matter where you are sitting, you get swamped. Avery, Maddy, Mindy and I were the only ones that braved it. Aushlynn and Dyllon chickened out. We rode it twice. It felt good because it was so hot.

On Tuesday, we headed over to Water World. This waterpark is huge and has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of the top ten in America. We loved the raft rides that your family can all ride together. They had Journey to the center of the earth, Storm, and Pharohs Revenge. They also have this huge wave pool that generates a 15 foot wave that demolishes everybody in it's path. So FUN! We got there when it opened and stayed until it closed. We were having so much fun.

On Wednesday, we left Denver and headed back to Utah via I-70. When we got back into Utah, we headed over to Arches National Park. We bought a National Park Pass earlier in the year when we went to Bryce Canyon and Zion's National Park, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to see another National Park. We decided to Camp overnight just outside of Arches. It was HOT!!! At Ten O Clock it was still 100 degrees outside. We camped right next to the Colorado River which we thought would be cooler. Nope it was still very hot. Everyone had a hard time sleeping. Still the night sky was fantastic with the bright stars.

The next morning we got up and headed into Arches early. The rock formations there are unbelievable. God has blessed us with some very neat things on this earth. I am glad that I am able to live in a place that gives me the opportunity to witness them. After Arches, we headed home. We had a great time as a family and was glad that we could spend the time together.

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