For months we have been itching to get to Breckenridge to visit the Ice Castles but the time never seemed quite right to make the drive worth it.
We finally got there just before they closed up shop for the season on a cold March day. I think the high was 21 degrees and we were completely freezing, but prepared in our snow gear. The girl's loved exploring the ice sculptures, the cave, and collecting broken bits of ice to "take home." :)
After spending just an hour at the castles we thawed out, had some delicious burgers then walked around Brek a little. It's a super cute little resort town! With our bellies full and our experience complete we trekked back home through the mountains still wondering if the trip was really worth it. Sure we had fun, but it was also expensive and quite the drive for such a limited experience.
A week or so later when the sun was out and beautiful we headed up to the mountains near Boulder after church with a picnic in hand.
I think the girls have turned into little mountain goats.
We hiked a short (and miserable) hike with Rosie screaming the entire way to the thawing Gross Reservoir.
As you can imagine most outings with 4 small children are challenging and it's easy to wonder, like with the castles, if it's really worth the time, preparation, and effort.
We sometimes struggle to keep our cool and the kids always find something to complain about - but you know, those things aren't what we remember. We remember the sweet little moments.
We remember seeing the majestic mountains and throwing rock after rock on the ice.
We remember GM always being the leader on the trail and the first one to the destination.
We remember Ava sculpting artwork into the warm sand.
We remember Roo snuggled up against her dad away from the icy breeze coming off the lake.
Sure we also remember Rosie's unfortunate tantrum where she lost her shoe and almost climbed out of the backpack carrier on the way down, but mostly we remember the good times.
And that is why we will always go back. It is always worth it - the memories, the time together, and yes even the mishaps.
See you on the mountain.