Posts Tagged ‘CO’

Oct 13 2019

Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington, CO)

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This is the second time we have visited the Kit Carson Carousel. It sits on the edge of the Kit Carson County fairgrounds in the small town of Burlington, Colorado. The first time we visited the carousel we were driving Interstate 70 from Colorado to Kansas to visit family.  We were looking for a good place to stop for a little bit and stretch our legs.  It was such a neat place to visit we told other family members about it and the next time we were driving through we stopped to share the experience with them!

The carousel was #6 of the 74 carousels made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was made in 1905 for the Elitch Gardens amusement park and was used until 1927.  In 1928 Kit Carson County purchased the carousel for $1,200 (the price included shipping).

The carousel animals are stationary with three animals per row.  The original Wurlitzer band organ has been restored and plays music when the carousel is in motion. The carousel is inside a 12 sided framed building on the edge of the fair grounds with a museum and small gift shop beside it.  It is the only antique carousel that still has the original paint on both the panels and animals. Most modern carousel go approximately 8 mph, however, the Kit Carson one goes a whopping 12 mph.

The carousel has quite an interesting history. During the Great Depression the carousel spent several years in storage. They local town stored grain inside the building that housed the carousel. At one point 3 of the animals were stolen and later found in another state. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1978 and National Historic Landmark in 1987.

If you are in the area or driving through on I70 we would encourage you to stop and explore this neat carousel. It only costs 25 cents to ride the carousel and $1 to visit the museum.

Riding the Kit Carson County Carousel

Flowers at the Kit Carson Carousel

Going for another ride on the carousel!

All smiles!

Kit Carson Carousel building

Other side of the wooden token!

Nov 01 2015

Boy Oh Boy – NICU Time with Sweet Kaelan

'Meeting sweet Little Pumpkin for the first time!  Brings back so many memories of NICU!'

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Colorado with family. My cousin Renelle Broughton (who is like a sister to me) had her little one early and was spending a big part of each day in NICU. I was able to spend time with her, her husband Eric, and their new sweet little one Kaelan! It was a precious time for me.

Words cannot express how honored and truly amazing it was me to spend time with this awesome Momma, caring Dad, and adorable little guy. Not to mention to have the chance to experience NICU from a totally different perspective from when the girls were in it over 10 years ago. Kaelan won my heart immediately and I am grateful for Renelle and Eric opening their home, sharing their precious boy with me, and everything during that crazy busy week.

Thankful for a chance to spend some extra time with my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, my parents, and other extended family over the weekend as well! Wish I lived closer to see them and their little guy grow up. Love you guys! Lots of hugs, kisses, and prayers always from South Carolina! Thankful for an awesome husband Jake Hayes for taking good care of our two chickies while I was in Colorado that week!

'The goodies we put together for Kaelan!'
Goodies for Kaelan!
'Momma waking him up for the next feeding!'
Renelle is like a sister to me and it was wonderful spending the week with her.
'The most adorable little feet!  He was not too happy with us doing the footprints, but we got it done!'
He was not happy about getting his footprints done and into the baby book, but his tiny little toes looked so stinkin cute afterwards!
'He was a trooper taking his bottles!'
Precious time with Renelle and her sweet little bundle of joy.  I cannot tell you how amazing this week was for me to spend with her, Eric, and her adorable baby boy!
Oct 27 2015

Travel & Vacation: Cozy Cow Dairy (Windsor, CO)

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 Cozy Cow Dairy

On one of our trips to Colorado my cousin Renelle introduced us to Cozy Cow Dairy in Windsor, CO.  It was a hot summer day and we were heading back to her house when we made a slight detour to the Cozy Cow Dairy.  The girls LOVED it!  Not only did they have amazing fresh chocolate milk, ice cream, cheeses, and more they had a farm animal petting zoo.

Before even going into the store we had to go by and say “hi” to each of the farm animals.  They had some precious little ones so they girls thought it was so neat.  After petting the animals and washing our hands we enjoyed some fresh chocolate milk and ice cream.  It was DELICIOUS!!!  It hit the spot on the hot summer day too.  After our special treat we headed back outside to pet the farm animals once more before heading back to Renelle’s house.  If you are in the Windsor area this is a great place to spot, cool down, and get a treat.  The kids will probably enjoy the farm animals too!

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Cozy Cow Dairy – “In the moo’d for something good?”

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 Black and white baby goat

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 Baby brown calf – he was so soft and small to touch

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The girls loved this one.  They said it looked like it had a crazy hear day, but it was as soft as a teddy bear!

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 Fresh milk, ice cream, cheeses, and more at Cozy Cow Dairy!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Oct 20 2015

Travel & Vacation: Animals at the Denver Zoo (Denver, CO)

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 Elephant on the move

Our kids love animals.  On one of our trips to Colorado we had an opportunity to go to the Denver Zoo with extended family.  The kids had a blast.  It was neat seeing all the different animals, going to show, learning about the zoo animals, activities, and so much more.  Thankful for a chance to go to the Denver Zoo with the kids.

If your family enjoys Zoo’s and you are in the Denver, Coloardo area you should check this one out.  They have a lot of animals to see.  The shows and activities are fun and very educational for the kids.

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 Hanging around and watching all the people walking by

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 Decided to make a move and head the other direction

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 Two of them moving along the rope now

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 Rhino munching on its hay.

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We watched the penguin demonstration.  They were happy to get treats!

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Found something tasty to eat1

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Elephant Show, this elephant was only a few feet in front of us.  I was just hoping it wasn’t going to spray us.  If you are at the Denver Zoo I highly recommend the elephant show, it was really neat.  Kids and adults really enjoyed it!

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Getting ready for the next act!

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Getting ready to bow for the audience!

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Didn’t want to look at us.

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What animal is this!?

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If you guess “camel” in the picture above you are correct.  Never saw a camel lay down like that before.

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This camel is either all stretched out or doing it’s yoga for the day!

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Pretty giraffe’s hanging out together in the shade.

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Sea lions swimming around!

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Beautiful white arctic fox hiding in the log

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Capybara still wet from his swim

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Big snake….no a big fan of snakes so thankful when they are behind glass.

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Gorgeous zebras enjoying some treats!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Oct 13 2015

Travel & Vacation: Big Thompson Indian Village (Colorado)

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Big Thompson Indian Village

As I was going back over a few pictures from our 2012 trip to Colorado I noticed we had a handful from our stop at Big Thompson Indian Village.   We made a stop at the Big Thompson Indian Village on our way back down the mountain from Estates Park, CO.  Unfortunately, after being there for several decades Big Thompson Indian Village was destroyed in the 2013 flood.

The only thing left after the 2013 flood waters went through was the sign. Big Thompson Indian Village was a fun place to stop, stretch your legs, browse the gift shop, check out their huge tepee, and more. The store had been there for many years, but we had no idea that the next time we were in the area that it would be completely gone.  Floods can wipe out many homes and businesses very quickly.  At this time the owners do not plan on restoring the Big Thompson Indian Village so we may not be able to stop there again, but we are thankful for the chance to visit when we did!

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 Inside the tepee at the Big Thompson Indian Village

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 The kids LOVED the giant tepee.  They thought it would be super neat to camp out in it!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!