My husband’s family owns two separate properties in Crested Butte, CO (the “Wilderness” Cabin and the Chalet). Each year around the Fourth of July some of his family makes the 13 hour drive up there and spends the week hiking, eating yummy food, enjoying the Fourth of July Parade, and drinking A LOT of Camp for Coffee (my favorite coffee in the whole world). This year was our first year to take Kenzie and she was only 2 1/2 months old! It definitely made things interesting…
The drive up there actually went better than I expected. Kensington was a trooper only getting out of the carseat to eat & get changed and never complained once. I also got a leg workout climbing into the backseat each time she needed something before returning to shotgun and passing out while Dave drove. haha.
The first day we hiked with our nieces and nephew an easier hike around Lake Irwin. I carried Kenzie on my chest while Dave shouldered the supplies. It was honestly so picturesque and beautiful.
Until…we had to cross a muddy area. One of my nieces climbed on a crossing log and I helped stabilize. Unfortunately for me… She lost her balance. In an attempt to keep her dry I grabbed her, then to protect Kensington who was still strapped to my chest I spun around and landed booty first into the mud. haha.
Honestly it wasn’t that bad though. My father in law and husband helped me get most of it off and no kids were crying so I call it a win. Not to mention it made for the hilarious picture above.
Day two we decided to go to the Wilderness cabin and check it out and then go shopping through town. It was a fun relaxing day where everyone got to play together, see the property, and really enjoy one another’s company.
Then on the last day (the 4th) we dressed Kensington up (for 2.5 seconds) before changing her and taking her up Crested Butte Mountain.
We rode the lift up and then hiked/climbed the remaining 2 miles to the top before coming down. My poor husband. I almost can’t type it without laughing. On the way up the lift Kenzie’s bottle fell out of the bag. So while the rest of us were climbing to the very top, Dave had to turn around and climb DOWN until he found the bottle before pushing to catch up with us. I wore Kenzie to help out but truly – he did all the work. *sigh My Hero.
Kensington pretty much slept the whole hike. Bad new bears: the rapidly changing altitudes made her sick. She ended up losing her whole bottle later that night and at 2 am we took off down the mountain to try to relieve her symptoms. It ended up cutting our trip a day short but it was still an awesome time with family enjoying the beautiful scenery of Colorado. Can’t wait until we go back next year!