Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cheyenne Frontier Days and Family!!

I am back tracking on this post a little bit. My family came to visit us for a week during Cheyenne Frontier Days! They came two weeks before we got our stuff so they had to sleep on blow up mattresses and eat on fold out chairs with us!! It was fun!

We stayed SO busy while my family was here. They got here late on a Sunday night so on Monday, we decided to get out of the house and explore Cheyenne. We went to Frontier Park which is where the rodeos and concerts take place. There is also lots of rides and food booths and venues. We walked around and let Ava go on a slide ride with Bryce. She LOVES slides so we thought she would love it. We were wrong. She hated it. Poor thing.

On Tuesday, we went to the parade downtown. We live about 3 blocks from downtown so we just walked. Ava loved the parade. I think the "Neighs" (horses) were her favorite. This town is about as country as it gets. And I thought Texans were country....the town of Cheyenne doesn't even compare!! 

Thanks to my sister Sarah for the cute collage.

Once the parade was over, we hurried home to get in the car and go to Estes Park in Colorado for the day. We climbed a mountain, explored a waterfall/river and drove around the beautiful park. We all had a blast. We saw lots of animals like elk, sheep, deer, and a bison. 

Ava looks scares sad but she really wasn't. She was happy to be cuddled in her Pop's arms. 

Can you spot Bryce? He was in heaven! Nature is his thing!!

It was really chilly on top of the mountain and Ava thought it was so funny that she got to wear her Momma's jacket!!

During Frontier Days (which is a week long), there is a huge pancake breakfast. This year, they served over 30,000 people! And its FREE!! So on Wednesday, we went and stayed in line for about 30 minutes. The line was probably a mile long. It wrapped around a building and zigzagged all the way down the road. It was crazy! But the line went pretty fast and we were always moving so it wasn't bad at all. We got free pancakes, so why not!!

Once the pancake breakfast was over, we walked around the downtown area and checked out a few antique shops. Bryce had to go shoot for work so he left around noon and the rest of us went home to relax for the afternoon. We were so exhausted! 

On Thursday, we went to the parade again. There were 3 parades during Frontier Days. We heard the parade on Thursday was supposed to be the best one so that's why we went a second time. After it was over, we went to the state museum which was a couple blocks away from the parade. We wanted to check out the Capitol but we ran out of time. 

On Friday, we left really early and went to Mt. Rushmore!! It was about a 4 hour drive. We got there around noon, toured Mt. Rushmore, then went downtown to eat lunch and check out a few shops. 

The next morning, my family got up bright and early to hit the road back to Texas. We really enjoyed their visit and we were so sad to see them leave. 

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