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pigs, and miniature cattle. As I snapped photos of our happy
grandson, my mind shifted back to when my own children were
preschoolers. Time had marched ahead a few decades. What I
once shared with my children, I was now experiencing with my
Back in Colorado, I opted to plan a short road trip to Estes
Park/Rocky Mountain National Park. By choosing a location that
was within a couple of hours of our home, we could maximize
our time at the destination and minimize our travel time. My son
and daughter-in-law have always had America's state and national
parks on their travel wish list. Now, they were eager to introduce
their young son to a popular mountain destination.
After everyone has returned home,
I create a Shutterfly album that
revolves around a simple story that
includes photo images.
Lambs Farm in Libertyville was another big hit with grandson.
W. Clement Stone donated a 70-acre farm to support Bob Terese
and Corinne Owen's vision to have developmentally disabled
employees run a small petting zoo. Decades later, we brought
our grandson to this special place. This kid friendly attraction had
remained a favorite destination for decades.
In the small farmyard, our grandson wandered among the
goats and sheep and their droppings. He didn't hesitate to stroke
the animals and was comfortable while we were in the pen.
Standing near the gated areas, he could easily see llamas, horses,
MAY JUNE 2018
Mother Nature didn't cooperate with our plans. The first
snowfall of the season was predicted to coincide with our travel.
We seriously considered cancelling our condo reservations and
rebooking for a later date. We vacillated back and forth with
our options and eventually chose to go ahead with our plans. If
you're going to explore the outdoors, you need to be prepared
for inclement weather. However, when young children are part of
the journey and especially one who lives in a tropical climate, the
decision making process becomes more complicated.
I borrowed outerwear and warmer clothing from a slightly
older grandson who lives in Denver. We purchased gym shoes at
a nearby store. Our grandson's everyday sandals and lightweight
outfits would not be appropriate for our wintery adventure.
Raindrops cascaded down on our windshield. By the time we
reached the condo, the rain had turned into an icy mix of snow
and rain. We were optimistically hoping that the front would pass
soon so we took a short break for lunch. Despite our heartfelt
Herds of elk congregated nearby and the bull elk
serenaded the females.
wishes, the precipitation continued.
We stopped at the information booth near the park's entrance.
The ranger told us that Trail Ridge Road had been closed and to
avoid the backlog of people circling back. He also recommended
shorter trails that would be easier to navigate in unpredictable
Our bundled grandson was placed in a carrier before we made
our way to Horseshoe Park. We carefully walked along the muddy
and rock filled Fall River path to a small waterfall. Despite the pelting
sleet, our grandson was unperturbed by the cold or the wetness.
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