March 23, 2008

Spring Break 2008 Part I

Small Town, Large Family

I was fortunate enough to get a spring break this year even though I am now working in the “real” world, in fact because of this I actually got paid for my adventures this year. Laura and I embarked on a road trip (see part II for details) to deliver Brooke and her sister Kaitlyn (friends from UD) to their home in Ouray, Colorado.

Ouray is a small mountain town that was founded by coal miners and today survives on tourism in the summer and ice climbing in the winter. It is completely surrounded by reddish towering cliff faces and snow capped peaks.

Speaking of snow, Colorado apparently hit record breaking snowfall this winter and there was snow everywhere (at least three feet thick and up to nine in places). I easily saw more snow in four days then I have witnessed in my entire life.

Brooke has an amazing family that warmly opened their house to us; sharing meals, toys, and conversation. Her older brother Caleb provided us with a place to sleep. We met seven of the eight Maclennan siblings and experienced the joy of a large family.

They took us snowshoeing on Tuesday. I know I am not in the best shape, but going up a mountain in snowshoes while not being adjusted to the elevation was a little strenuous. Brighton was literally running circles around us. The hike did pay off with some good views and a good snow ball fight.

Within walking distance from their house in the middle of town, there was several natural wonders. There was a narrow canyon covered in large sheets of ice that was used by ice climbers. There was another narrow canyon with a large waterfall from snow melt. And there was a pool fed by a local hot springs that was 97 degrees while snow covered mountains rose up in every direction.

We enjoyed the slowness of the town and the unbelievable activity from Brooke’s family. The pristine snow covered valley and the living room scattered with Kinexs. The exhaustion from a good hike and relaxation from an afternoon nap. This trip was a great reminder of the benefits that both small towns and large families have to offer.

More pictures here


Anonymous said...

Glad to see you had a good time. I will be around UD on Wed - taking my cousin there at 1pm to visit the campus. Maybe we could hang out afterwards?

mom said...

Awesome pictures. There is just something about the snow that makes life seem so peaceful and cozy. I know snow is suppose to be cold, but it somehow makes me feel all warm inside.

ninepoundhammer said...

Awesome. It's tempting to want to pack up the plantation and head up there myself!