Minnesota Farmer


High up time off

When my son and daughter-in-law call up and say “We need someone to watch the twins,” it’s hard for Grampy and Nain to say no.  When it means traveling to a place you have never been before it can be even more fun.  This time we also included the rest of our children in the adventure so it was a mini family reunion in Colorado.

Paul and family stopped on Wednesday and loaded us into their Chevy Traverse.  Four adults and two two-and-a-half year olds in a car headed to our daughters place in south central Nebraska.  Our son-in-law has been working there since November, and our daughter just moved in January so it was a chance to see their new place.  After taking a day to check out their new place, we loaded our six, plus our daughter into the Traverse and headed for Winter Park, Colorado.100_2549It was a lot of fun traveling together and made the trip so much better for all of us.  Our daughter is 7 months pregnant and needed to stop every two hours for a walk and stretch which coincided with the needs of the twins.

Our little southwestern Minnesota town is at 1400 feet above sea level, and our daughter lives at about 2000 feet, so we are all low-level people.  Winter Park is at 9100 feet.  Finding breathable air for this old guy was a problem.  Family members that were skiing rode the lift to the top of Mary Jane which tops out at 11,200 feet.  I’m glad I did not go up there.

Our youngest teaches school in Colorado Springs, so she drove up to be with us for the weekend.  All 8 of us stayed in a 900 sq. foot, three bedroom condo in Winter Park.  It was a bit of a squeeze.100_2588We were  on the third floor.  Two flights of steps carrying luggage and girls can leave an old guy winded in the thin air.

As you can see, Winter Park has plenty of snow.  My nephew, who is on the ski patrol at Winter Park, told us that they have twice the snow of normal this year.  Total snow fall is now over 200 inches.

While mom, dad and Auntie Em went off skiing100_2571Grampy, Nain and Aunt B played games and read books.  We also got to take them sledding100_2559and attempted to make a snow man with them.  The high light of the trip for the girls was the chance to go to the resort and have lunch together.  They got to ride in the little red wagons provided by the park100_2575and watch the skiers glide down the mountain.  A fun time was had by all.

Michael

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