Mountains outside of Bailey.
After Denver, we headed on 285 to Bailey, CO. Bailey is about an hour outside of Denver and in the mountains; we passed the BMX national championship on our way there. Bailey was on our itinerary because Chris’s Uncle Tim and Aunt Le live there with their daughter, Tani, and their son, Adam. I had never met any of them since Chris hasn’t seen them in 20 years! They were more than willing to let us come stay with them though, and we had a wonderful time.
On Saturday we caught up quite a bit, had a great dinner, and watched Promiseland. On Sunday, Uncle Tim took Chris and I for a hike. I didn’t know that the hike would entail so much “bouldering,” but I survived and we had a great time. The picture above might not show how far we climbed, but it was far! Clara stayed home with Aunt Le and Tani, her new best friends. She also loved chasing their 3 mini poodles.
We ate some more great food, and enjoyed the rest of our time with family in CO. on Monday morning we packed up to leave. We were heading for exciting Green River, UT.
On Friday the 24th our goal was to get to Sterling, CO, but we were going well so made it to Henderson, right outside of Denver. Turns out there is only 1 place to eat in Henderson, and it is the home of the Mile High Flea Market. The one restaurant was nothing to write home about, and neither was the flea market unfortunately. Maybe the flea market would have been better later in the day though. We thought all of the good stuff would be gone arriving 2 hours after opening, but everyone was just setting up.
Clara’s favorite part of Henderson was the hotel room with lots of room to run around and play.
After we left the hotel on the 25th, we went and explored downtown Denver. As it turns out, half of the roads in downtown Denver are closed on Memorial Day weekend for various parades, concerts, and art fairs. We still had fun! Lunch at The Market was good, and we walked through the 16th Street Mall and the fine art festival. On the way back to our car we realized that Clara was down 1 sandal. Thankfully, I was able to find it by retracing our steps.
Clara playing on the Sinclair dinosaur.
I wanted a picture with Clara in Denver. She wanted milk. I thought it might work without the milk. I was wrong.
I’ll tell you about Bailey, CO soon!
After Kalamazoo, we drove overnight to Omaha and arrived around 4am on the 20th. Clara was wonderful! She didn’t even wake up when we stopped for gas! Everyone was excited in the morning when Clara got to help wake up “ELLA” and “NEE” for school. Ella and Nick are two of Clara’s favorite people, and also now two of her favorite “If you’re happy and you know it say _______” verses. For anyone traveling with toddlers, we’ve found this song, with countless new verses including animal sounds and words you wonder how they pronounce, to be a live saver. It will seriously occupy 15 minutes!
We didn’t do much on Monday, since we were all a little tired. On Tuesday, Chris and I went out for our anniversary. We had a great dinner at the Twisted Fork in Old Market, and then we looked for what kind of couch we’d like to buy at the Nebraska Furniture Mart.
Wednesday was a little rainy, but we decided to try the zoo anyways. Thankfully the weather cooperated, and we had a lot of fun. It was exciting to see Clara point and hear her say “ah ah” as we walked up to monkeys!
These were pictures of Ella, Nick, and Clara on the way to the zoo.
Here is them having fun at the zoo. The Omaha zoo was really nice if you ever have the chance to visit!
By Thursday, Ella was done with school and Nick had his last half day of 8th grade. We had lots of fun playing at the park with Ella and just spending time with everyone.
It was time for us to leave on Friday. Clara apparently knew this and was willing to just cuddle on my lap and then on Uncle Don’s lap for a half hour. If you know Clara well, you know that this doesn’t happen! We left around 9 and headed for Colorado. We were sad to go, but excited to continue on our way to Los Angeles!