Like I mentioned in the previous post, July would be a busy month full of visitors and traveling. It hasn't disappointed in the least. We kicked it off in the very beginning with Kenna's 8th birthday. We surprised them by getting a hotel up at Monarch, swimming, eating good food and opening presents. We like to take full advantage of hot showers that last longer than 3 minutes which means that everyone welcomes the hotel stays.
Two days later, the 4th of July festivities arrived. It's one of our favorite holidays with everything being decorated in red, white and blue... proud Americans over here! Buena Vista puts on one heck of a parade. The kids collected tons of candy and Popsicles. What's not to like, right? Plus, truthfully, it's like the parade that never ends. The kids had a blast. We've been loving small town living.
A few days later, Chris' best friend Brock came to visit for a week from Missouri. Unfortunately, the day before he arrived, Chris dislocated his shoulder while throwing cartwheels (kayaking) down at the playhole in town. Total bummer as we had tons of river activities planned. Never the less, we still had tons of fun. I managed to raft with him twice and finally ran The Numbers (Class IV and V) for my first time... awesome. The kiddos and I took him to St. Elmo to feed the chipmunks, we all went hiking a few times, toured Salida, BV, Leadville and Frisco. We also took him to our favorite German eatery in Frisco. You just can't beat good food and great beer. Then, the day he left, my family came into town. It really has been back to back company for this entire month because when my family left, Chris' other friend came into town and now Chris' family is visiting as well. We love visitors! Those will be showcased in a different post however. There have been way too many photos taken this month.
August will die down as far as visitors but river playing will hopefully pick up now that Chris' shoulder is doing a bit better. He still has to take it easy but I'm sure we'll continue to find adventures in the small things.
"FRIENDS COME AND GO LIKE WAVES IN THE OCEAN, BUT THE TRUE ONES STICK, LIKE AND OCTOPUS ON YOUR FACE."