Our family vacation 2008

 by Kayla

We started in Arizona, and ended in Colorado for vacation. On the drive, which was long, I have some memories.First, we lost my little brother’s diaper-bag in a Mc Donalds. (We found it again though.) Then I saw Senator Oboma’s picture on a Newspaper and had to get a picture with my camera. Jamie and I got our own bags of chip crumbs. (Funyungs- yum!) We all got our own bags of candy to eat on the way up (except Nathan). We stopped at a park in New Mexico and played so we could stretch our legs. I got lots of nice video with my camera. We drove all day and got in bed at the hotel with the clock reading 11:06 pm.

The next morning we ate at the hotel buffet. The english muffins were good! And the milk! It was fun eating in the hotel buffet which we did almost every breakfast. The hotel had a pool and swimming was fun. I got video of Jamie jumping in the pool. The water temperature was pretty good. We watched the Republican National Convention on the hotel TV. That was memorable… and it was fun watching silly cooking shows with Jamie and mommy too…

We also visited Pastor Kevin Swanson’s church, Reformation Church. He’s someone who dad listens to on the radio. We were invited to have dinner with his family and another family too. The Swanson’s have a cute little dog. Nathan really liked it. He said, “Puppy,” walked around the dog and even stepped on the dogs tail, to boot.

One day we went to Rocky Mountain National Park, where we hiked to some really cool falls and a lake. Dad, Jamie and I all hiked up to a really close up spot near the top of the falls. That was really fun! I got so much good video there. When we got on a shuttle bus to go back to our car, we saw an elk crossing the road, right in front of us. Later on we saw more elk. There were dozens of them! Some were really close and it was fun driving by them and getting video of their heads going by. When we finished that day we got to the hotel late! I was tired.

We drove to the top of Pike’s Peak. That was neat too, but it was cold. We got to see the Pike’s Peak cog-train drive off. We also saw a weird cloud on Pike’s Peak. It was long and weird looking. We also got fudge while there. (Don’t forget the only penny squishing machine, in Colorado, was at the gift shop.)

Then it was time to go home. This time, starting in Colorado and ending in Arizona. Being back home was a mix of relief, sadness, and fun.

Jamie standing next to Albertia Falls in Rocky Mt. Nat. Park

Jamie standing next to Albertia Falls in Rocky Mt. Nat. Park

The chipmunks were not camera or people shy.

The chipmunks were not camera or people shy.

Hiking the path to Albertia Falls.

Hiking the path to Albertia Falls.

Nathan loves the dirt and rocks...

Nathan loves the dirt and rocks...

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