What a fantastic vacation. Immediately following the camping trip in Mammoth, Dalton and I jetted to the Reno airport in order to fly to the great state of Colorado for my cousins wedding the following day.
Jake and Rachels wedding was beautiful and a blast. The hotel was phenomenal and it was so great to see so many old family friends and family I haven’t seen in years. We all dressed to impressed, had a classic Kimball family cocktail hour, and headed down to the ceremony. Jake cried when Rachel walked down the aisle, Rachel looked stunning. Doug, Jake’s uncle, spoke. It was short and sweet, but packed full with advice, meaning, and humor. The dinner was of course delicious and the rest of the night proceeded with great conversation, dancing, and of course more dancing. The highlight of the dancing was baby Hudson’s take over the dance circle, ending with a “thriller-like” joining of his dance move, “The Up & Down Bob.”
The following day started (quite necessarily) with bloody mary’s and a lazy afternoon at the house until Cora’s birthday party. Another great rare day spent with the family. It was Jordan’s last night before returning to Humboldt, so we spent the evening eating a second dinner and enjoying the company of just us four.
The next adventure was a biking brewery tour of the Fort Collins microbreweries. Dalton and I met my cousin and his girlfriend, Luke and Shivani, and biked to Fort Collins Brewery. After a tasting, we headed next door to Odells, which had great outdoor seating and a variety of lawn games. So fun to get to spend time with Luke, as the last time I saw him was over 3 years ago. We then biked to meet other cousins, Ben and Sonja, at another brewery, Equinox, near old town. We played shuffle board and listened to a great bluegrass band. We ended the evening with a late dinner at a new bar downtown, finishing with our stomachs bursting. We biked back to Ben’s house and woke up the following morning with our tummies still completely full.
A beer making afternoon and Rockies game was on the agenda next. Dad has all his own equipment and showed Dalton and I the ropes on brewing. It was pretty neat to see everything he has created and how special and unique his techniques are.
Mom stayed home from work and after another relaxing day at the house the four of us packed up and headed down to Denver. We grabbed a drink at the Breckenridge Brewery and funnily enough our server was originally from Ashland and had dated a friend of mine from here in high school. Our seats at the game were awesome, right off the third baseline, and the game was not complete without meeting Tanna and Katie (boyfriends in tow) at the new rooftop bar in the stadium. Really fun evening, even though we were oh-so-close to catching some balls and per usual the Rockies lost.
The final two days were spent enjoying the mountain air at the Kabin. Uncle Chuck, Aunt Kathy, G, Luke, Shivani, mom, dad, Dalton and I all spent the evening cooking, drinking, and just enjoying the hummingbirds, finches, chipmunks, and new baby woodpeckers. We also lifted a couch over the railing upstairs (which was a tad nerve racking) because Chuck and Kathy donated most of their furniture to the Kabin because they’re moving to Costa Rica. The following day mom and dad left early, I spent the day relaxing, while Dalton helped the other men find a new way to rewire the electricity underground. (Pretty much using a sledgehammer to knock a metal rod through a dirt/stone wall). We said our goodbyes after a neat hike up North Fork and headed back down the hill for a family dinner.
Dad’s childhood friend Hedayat was in town, who is one of the most interesting men I have ever met. Brilliant, he grew up in Iran and lived as an exchange student in my dad’s house in high school. Being ridiculously generous he gave me money to invest in the Argentine currency for my birthday. This should be interesting.
Our flight was at the impossibly early time of 5:50 am the following morning, so we said most of our goodbyes that night. So sad leaving, my parents are the most wonderful people. I am so lucky and blessed that they are who I call my family and I get to come home and see them when I do.
Back to Ashland, working, and enjoying the last month before school starts up again !