Every summer we return to the same spot high up in the Rockies that's won our hearts and makes our eyes sparkle: Vail, CO. (Here's 2016 & 2012 - missed a few years on the blog.)
And we rave so much about it that this year our neighbors, the Guzzos, took the same 10 hour road trip and pulled right in to Manor Vail Lodge on a Saturday with us darting toward their rental SUV in a pandemonium of sheer excitement (we arrived the day before). It's so fun to have great neighbors and even more fun to get to hang out together in gorgeous Vail.
We usually call our time here "Camp Connelly" because it's a time for our family to have fun together and also reflect, set goals and dream dreams, but I guess we'll just have to combine last names and call it CAMP GUZZELLY.
We still made some Camp Connelly shirts for our tribe. Mark hates this. But the kids and I love it. :)
And I forgot to snap photos but the kids created a schedule of events and helped me create this year's Camp Connelly checklist. Here are screen shots from our music VIDEO:
Love the creativity of this girl.
Let's begin with a quick tour of Vail...
Which led to a complete meltdown because Gryffy couldn't believe that I had added anything to his journal. He wanted a blank journal. BLANK!
It was a rough moment, but eventually he came around, and apologized for getting so upset. And he even sang a camp song or two with the fam. :)
And we went on our traditional night hike.
Passersby were dazzled.
Gryffy's looking especially "bad."
On Monday we went rafting.
It felt exhilarating!
And Gryffy and Ava jumped off another (smaller) cliff.
Lorelei thought the raft was adventure enough. But she looks pretty exhilarated, too!
Look at that hunky cowboy, y'all.
After horseback rides we parted ways, and I got to lunch with my second grade BFF, Erica, and her kids at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Denver.
Then we dropped Mark at the airport for a flight back to KC, and commenced our Mom & Kids continued road trip to the north toward Estes Park... (more to come)