Being the very generous, loving person that my husband is, and sad about not being able to join me for the rest of my summer vacation, Mat decided to surprise me by organising a visit from my favourite little sister! What a sweetie pie!
So, the trip was planned, Sar arrived in Denver on Thursday, July 19th for a jammed pack tour of the US of A!
Colorado- Denver, Boulder and Estes Park
Downtown Denver night out
First stop, of course, being our place and a tour of Colorado. After leaving a wintery Wollongong, Sar arrived to the lovely dry summer weather we were having in Colorado. So, first stop was to head to a roof top bar, with a great view of the mountains in Boulder while we waited for Mat to finish work for the day. Sticking with our tradition, we took Sar to dinner at Texas Roadhouse for a few Margaritas and ribs! Fortunately for us, we did not decide to to go the movies to see the opening of Batman. We awoke the following morning to the tragic news and to many messages back home ensuring we were ok.
The following day I thought I’d take Sar to Estes Park to show her the wildlife and mountains. We took the Aerial Tramway to the summit of Prospect mountain to view
Top of Prospect Mountain at Estes Park
the amazing scenery and hopeful to see some wildlife. Well, the scenery was amazing, but the only wildlife viewed were some very tame, chubby chipmunks eating peanuts. But they were cute! After picking up Mat on our way back home, we had a night planned in Downtown Denver. After a night out on the town with local friends Ross and Rachelle, we had been introduced to the perfect place to take Sar for a great night out on the town called Williams and Graham. On face value Williams and Graham is a book shop, but a book shop with a difference. In fact a book shop with a full bar hidden in behind one of the book cases. The place is like walking into a time warp with the interior bar setting all decked out in the clad and style (drink menu inclusive) of that of the days of prohibition. We later joined one of Mat’s work colleagues, Alex and his girlfriend Kristina in lower downtown. Our last stop was at a bar called 1-Up; pretty much a boy’s dream bar… huge beers and walls and walls of video games and pinball machines. Us girls entertained ourselves in the photobooth and watching giant jenga. When we arrived home, it was time to polish off the leftover ribs for Sar, but Mat thought he’d be healthy and have a banana… or just take it to bed for later!
Aspen and Vail
Top of Aspen Mountain
Not so early the next morning it was off to Aspen via Independence Pass, a pass which is only open part of the year. It had great views but not many guard rails which made for a slightly scary drive. Once we arrived in Aspen we took Sar up the Gondola to the top of Aspen mountain and on her first hike in Colorado at an elevation of 11,212 ft (3418 m)! I’m not going to lie, there was puffing from both of us! Having gone to Aspen in the winter, it was great to see the mountains in the summer time.
We headed into the town of Aspen that afternoon for a little window shopping (that’s all we could afford to do) and then onto drinks and dinner. The following day we made our way back home to Denver with a short stop in at Vail for dinner before heading back home and packing for our trip to Mexico the following morning.
Enjoying a few cocktails
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
We set off for Cabo early Monday morning, July 23, looking forward to relaxing by the beach for the next 5 days. It was an early start but by the afternoon we were pool side, drinking cocktails and soaking in the rays at the Pueblo Bonita Rose Resort in Cabo, San Lucas! And that’s pretty much what we did for the next 5 days, eat, sun-bake on the beach, sun-bake by the pool, swim, drink cocktails and relax. Though, we did manage to squeeze a mani/pedi and massage inbetween our busy schedule and a short walk into the marina and shops. The food was great, the cocktails were yummy and it was nice going out for dinner each night and just catching up on what had been happening during the year. It think Mat and Mike were a bit jealous!
After a night back home in Denver to wash, unpack and repack, it was off to the airport again to make our way to Niagara Falls. We flew into Buffalo airport then rented a car and drove to the Canadian side of the falls where we stayed for 2 nights. We took a stroll to view the Falls up close and were amazed at the size and intensity of them. That night we thought we would have a nice dinner at the top of Skylon Tower and watch the falls and fireworks from their rotating restaurant. We really lucked out with our seats, we had the best view of the fireworks for when they started. We also had the biggest piece of steak I have ever seen!
The following day we went of the Maid of the Mist and Journey Behind the Falls tours. Our Maid of the Mist tour was interesting, before setting off, two people decided to renew their vows on the back of the boat with a scottish celebrant?? The tour itself was great, being so close up under the falls was amazing and very refreshing! Later that afternoon we Journeyed Behind the falls to get a different point of view. It was also an amazing experience but with a long line up!
Super duck tour of Boston
Its was onto Boston the next day and a surprise catch up with mum and dad. Originally we thought we wouldn’t see mum and dad until we arrived in NYC, but it just so happened that we were all going to be in Boston for the night! So after 8 months it was finally time to see mum and dad! We caught up for dinner and told stories about what had been happening till around midnight or so!
The next day, we awaited the arrival of the Clark’s (Nash and Liv) and set out on the planned events for the day. We did part of the Freedom Trail walking tour (which fit in nicely after teaching the American Revolution to my 5th Graders), visited a food market with the best lobster and clam chowder, had a cannoli, did a super duck land and water tour of Boston and toped the day off with tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The next day we caught the subway out to Harvard and took a tour of the College and then later spent some time at a brewery back in Boston. After lining up for Pizza for dinner, we made our way back for our last night in Boston with the American Undies making a surprise appearance on the way home…
Next stop…. onto the bus to NYC to meet up with mum, dad and Mat!