A long journey

This past week we drove from Washington to Colorado Springs.  We were really looking forward to doing some camping and sight-seeing along the way. The first night we made it to the camp ground just before dark and scrambled to get everything set up (with two young children = crazy).  It is an understatement to say that it got cold.  Somehow, only two sleeping bags got packed, I forgot about the whole "acclimating-to-the-climate" thing, plus I'm still figuring out how to dress children for cold weather. All of that made for a pretty miserable camping experience.  BUT we enjoyed the Bruneau sand dunes in Idaho again, which *almost* made up for it.  We ended up staying in hotels for the remaining two nights of our journey.  On Saturday we visited the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, which we had been looking forward to for a long time.  Sunday was Jesse's 1st birthday, and we spent it driving through Utah and Colorado, in the middle of a snowstorm.  We stopped in Vail to play in the snow, Ellis insisted on eating ice cream even though it was 16 degrees F outside, and most importantly, we made it.  Here are some pictures, and check my instagram account for more!

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