Last weekend was an absolute blast!! I travelled with my family to Estes Park, Colorado for a big family reunion with all the the Grims. I drove with Mom and Dad, and we stopped in Fort Collins for an evening before continuing on to Estes Park. I was so excited to find a restaurant called "Avogadro's Number". For those of you that aren't science people, Avogadro's number is 6.023 x 10-3, and also the standard number of atoms or molecules within one mole (basic science standard). Not only did the restaurant have an awesome name, their food was pretty terrific as well. It was kind of a vegan deli - we loved it. And the artwork inside was so creative, very much like a Garden of Eden.
The next morning we enjoyed lunch at Black Bottle Brewery and then did an afternoon tour of Odell's Brewery. Fort Collins is definitely the place to be for brewery tours, so I was glad that we made time to enjoy it. I was a little sad that we didn't get to do New Belgium (who brews Blue Moon), but I was really happy to do the tours that we did.
First of all, the view from the back deck as well as the front deck was amazing!
We enjoyed relaxing with each other and catching up, but there was also lots to do as well. Everyday there were multiple activities planned: fishing, hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining... I certainly made the most of the opportunities for activities. One of the hikes we did was a 2 mile hike to a pretty lake halfway up the mountain. The hike wasn't too hard, so a bunch of the kids could some along.
|The group for the long hike|
Even though the hike was really rough (I'm in good shape, but the elevation was killer. I was struggling for air at the top) both in the elevation and the temperature, it was absolutely worth it to reach the top.
|Almost at the top, another mile of bouldering to go|
|Made it to the top at 12,632 ft!!!|
|Momma Bear waiting for her cubs|
(This photo is really zoomed in - we were safe in our cars)
The next day I did fly fishing in the morning and horseback riding in the afternoon. I woke up terribly sore from the hike, but a bit of stretching helped me to get up. I went with Dan and Mike to fish in a stream with a fishing guide. Fly fishing was a lot harder than I remember it being, but I did my best and had a blast. I caught about 10 fish - at least 2 of them I caught on the line but they escaped before I could get them in the net, but I was still satisfied with my fishing adventure. Honestly, it was so enjoyable to be outside and near the water. Kansas water is so muddy but the river in Colorado was clear and beautiful! I was still in a great mood when I slipped near the end of the trip and fell into the water. It was so cold that it took my breath away, but really nothing could ruin my mood :)
|Dan and I caught a double!|
|This is probably the largest one I caught. I also caught a sucker fish later that morning - exciting!|
Of course, we weren't away from the cabin the entire time. We had huge family dinners that Mike made (thanks again Mike!) and enjoyed eachother's company in the evenings. Even Runt Grim stopped by for a short performance ;)
|Runt talking about his time in the military|
Overall, the reunion was a blast. There was talk of returning to the same place in three years. Hopefully I'll be stateside at that time and I can join in :)
|Rachel was only able to stay for a short while|
|After the baby shower for Elizabeth|