Sunday, August 26, 2007

Summer Fun in Denver

Even though I was gone a lot this summer I was in town long enough to enjoy the great Denver weather.

Dave and I went to a Rockies game with his sister Ann and her boyfriend. Dave caught a foul ball. It was pretty cool. I think the Rockies won but I can't remember.

We also hiked Pikes Peak with my Dad.

My Dad didn't start hiking 14ers (14,000 feet peak) until he was 60 years old. After learning that he had Parkinsons he decided that he wanted to finish 10 14ers. Pikes Peak was number 10. This was really important to him and we were all excited to be there.

You can actually drive to the top of Pikes Peak so my mom met us up there. My dad does really well hiking up but his balance is not what it has been so going down is harder on him. This was my mom's second 14er. She drove up to Mount Evans last year with us.

I have been biking a lot this summer. A couple of my friends did the Moonlight Classic with me on August 18th. It was a midnight 15 mile bike tour through downtown Denver. It was a lot of fun. People dressed up in random customs. We decided to make this an annual event. Here is my friend Jeff from work, me, and Bo.

Carol, Lauren, and Joe

Joe had the best bike out of our group, 3 gears.

There were about 6,000 people there that night.

We all made it to the finish line without accident. We are planning on doing a 25 mile bike tour in Palisade on September 15th. I am also training for my first triathlon in Montrose on October 6th. I figure it will be a great way to celebrate my 28th birthday 2 days early. Anyone is welcome to participate. It is a 500 meter swim in a pool, 15 miles on the bike, and a 5K run.

Ouray, Colorado

The first week of August my family met in Ouray for a little bit of a vacation. A family in my parents' stake offered their "cabin" for us to use. We like to call it the mansion. It is incredible.

My sister Kate surprised the family by showing up on Monday with her two boys. My brother-in-law Aaron wasn't able to get work off to join us. My nephews loved throwing things into the lake. Here is Curtis 4, Drew 3, Ian 2, and Michael 1. My newest nephew, Owen was just about 1 month old at the time. The boys had a blast playing with each other.

The four "singles" and my dad when jeeping on day. It was amazing. The San Juans are probably my favorite mountains in Colorado.

One night we were giving each other pedicures. Michael (1 years old) wanted to join in on the action and scrub his feet. He was pretty funny about it.

Our last full day Carol, Connie, Kim, Dave and I went on a hike to a waterfall. It had some amazing views of the town.

We had to take our trash with us when we left the mansion so we piled it into the car. Connie and Carol were the lucky ones who got to sit by the trash.

Last year there was an attempted to get rid of the trash at Subway. It didn't go well. This year we decided to give the KOA a try. So Kim and Connie tried to sneek the trash into the garbage bin. Kim forgot to put the car in park so it started to roll as she ran out to throw the trash away. There was a lot of giggling but we did get rid of the trash.