Brrr, Chilly Colorado!

Boxing Day (Dec. 26th for those that don’t know) was the day we once again loaded up the van for our traditional Colorado trip. We usually stay through Dec. 31st but due to my crazy desire to do something I’ve never done before, I decided we’d come back a day early (see previous post on the Hangover Series!). My oldest couldn’t come as the restaurant industry’s busiest time allowed him none off. I, however, needed a mental break and some get-away time!

It was bitterly, bitterly cold but if you were dressed appropriately, it didn’t feel too miserable.  It hadn’t been THIS cold in many, many years.

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This was what my phone said when I awoke on the 27th. I was going to go for a run but changed my mind until it had warmed up a little! Yes, it says NEGATIVE 18 degrees real feel!!!!

I was even more excited to be there this year as my brother and his wife and daughter from Hilton Head Island, SC were coming too!  I hadn’t seen my brother in 4 years since he’d moved. We had a blast ice skating, tubing, skiing, and snowshoeing. Before I knew it, it was time to pack back up and make the drive home.

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Skiing at the A-Basin, a first for me. Although the runs weren’t as long and there was only 1 quad lift, the crowds weren’t bad at all.

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My big bro and I.

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Trying out my new snowshoes. Hard work but LOVED it! We did a perimeter hike around the course and then my mum and I headed up the back mountain for some more miles.

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3 Generations – my mum, daughter, and I.

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Ice skating and hockey at the Adventure Center!

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2 of my crazy offspring on the tubing hill at the Nordic Center. They had a blast!

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We had to show my niece the Chocolate Village! It had a Star Wars theme this year (but not shown here).

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Might I add that I love it here?! Even though it was so cold, the magnificence never ceases to amaze me. Absolutely beautiful. I took this pic on the way to Mountain House.

Once again I didn’t get to do everything I would have liked to have done but that’s part of the fun of returning.  I was, however, disappointed that there wasn’t an ice sculpture for the New Year by the Village Lake this year. I guess they put it in River Run instead, somewhere else I didn’t make it to!