BC: We had a blast in Colorado and we can't wait to go back. This was voted the best family vacation EVER!!!
FC: The Great Outdoors | SUMMER 2011, BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO
1: Our drive from Denver International Airport to Beaver Creek. This is our first views of the mountains. AMAZING!
2: We stayed at the Westin in Avon which was at the base of Beaver Creek. The view from our room was just stunning.
3: The nights were a bit cooler than what we are used to for July.
4: On our way to Shrine Pass we found this mining facility which was surrounded by mountains.
5: We went over this bridge to get to our destination...Shrine Pass.
6: One of the locals told Scott to make sure to visit Shrine Pass. This was an amazing drive on an unpaved narrow road that connects the Eastern side of Vail with the town of Red Cliff. This used to be the principal route between the two before the construction of Highway 6.
8: While on Shrine Pass we found snow. So we definitely had to get out to experience the snow for the first time.
9: We are ready to go on our ATV ride in White River National Forest. Kaycee was a bit nervous and Megan just could not wait to get going.
11: Our elevation changed on the ride from 9,500 to 12,500 so it was quite a bit cooler at the top. Once again we found snow to play in. On our way down the mountain we got caught in a rain storm. It just made our ride even more exciting.
12: The snow was just a blast!!
14: Who would of thought you could make a snow angel in July???
15: This dog belonged to the owner of Nova Guides where we rode ATVs. For whatever reason nobody there knew why his fur was green.
16: It was love at first site for Scott after our ATV ride. Megan was also in heaven with her enormous cookie.
18: We are getting ready to go horseback riding at Beaver Creek Stables. So we asked the head trail rider, "what do we do if we see a bear?" He said,"take a picture". Ha! Ha!
20: Megan got to ride 'Dusty' and Kaycee got to ride 'Kodiak' on our one hour trail ride. There was a 35 year old horse that went on our trail ride. Now that is a pretty old horse!
21: Scott was thrilled to be riding 'Marley'. The head trail rider asked us how many Aspen trees do we think we see? Well the answer is just one. WOW! They all root off from one single Aspen tree.
22: The Beaver Creek Rodeo was fun to watch, but a bit hot.
23: Once we left the Westin we moved into Beaver Creek resort and stayed at Elkhorn Lodge. Our condo was owned by a family from Puerto Rico. The lodge was just walking distance to the center of Beaver Creek and gorgeous.
24: This was the path we took each day from Elkhorn Lodge to the center of Beaver Creek. So Scott and the girls decided to put their feet in the water to see how cold the water was. IT WAS COLD.
26: The view from our balcony at Elkhorn Lodge was just beautiful. This particular night Megan is preparing us dinner on the balcony.
27: A friendly game of putt putt golf
28: A near by spectator
29: Bungee cord jumping on a trampoline was a blast!
31: We are all geared up for our big adventure white water rafting down Gore Creek. After putting on our helmets, water suits, jackets, water shoes, life jackets , and a quick instructional lesson we were off. Gore Creek ran through the town of Vail.
32: We hiked through White River National Forest which was quite exhausting for beginners. The elevation changed from 8500 to near 12,000.
34: On our hike we found snow. So the girls had a SNOWBALL FIGHT!
36: We took the ski lift to the top of Beaver Creek. Scott and Kaycee were a bit nervous possibly scared of heights?? Megan enjoyed every minute they were in turmoil.
37: At the top of Beaver Creek was a lodge and restaurant called Spruce Saddle. The views were impressive.
39: There was frisbee golf available at the top of Beaver Creek. The course was quite challenging due to the elevation and the set up was more for professional players. Definitely not for the Evans Family!
43: Our way down was just as beautiful as the ride up. Scott was still a bit nervous so there was no talking or moving on our ride down. PERIOD!!