I fell in love with these mountains when I first laid eyes on them around 20 years ago. Falling to sleep in the car driving across flat Kansas roads it is such a wonderful surprise waking up to the Rockies in the distance. This trip would be like many others we have taken to Colorado and still the joy of the mountains does not escape me. Plus this time there was the added bonus of seeing people I love wake up to this surprise for the first time.
And then my little people seeing it for the first time in several years and pulling into precious Crested Butte, which we fell in love with a couple of summers ago on a week long campout with the Chinos. Colorado ski towns are like nothing else and I adore getting to take them in winter or summer.
This time there was a small bump in the road as I tore my ACL on the first day out, but with a little work I was able to put a positive-ish spin on things and just enjoy the lovely scenery, plenty of downtime and even manage a sitting snow ball fight.
And then there was the unbridled joy of these two little skiers that made the whole thing worth it and ended each day with a wonderful story of adventure and things they did with their daddy that I'm sure my presence would have complicated.
It has been a very long and trying last 12 weeks. I have found new levels of patience and been ridiculously humbled. I have been incredibly cared for and loved. I have been frustrated and encouraged and so very challenged, but I know that it is all in the name of some kind of growth. Today I am crutch free and walk almost normally and as I look back at this wonderful week I am thankful for these memories and maybe some growth....to be continued...
Things you should do in Crested Butte:
-eat pizza, it is highly debated where so I say just eat pizza. Multiple good options.
-ski in the winter or bike in the summer
-stare at those mountains, nothing like the Rockies
-take the free bus, Simon Chino says it's the best thing in town
-read a book in the adorable Townie books, a MP Chino favorite
-walk down Elk Avenue, adorable shops inside and out
Summer or winter it is such a beautiful place. Can't wait to go back!
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