On July 4 we were blessed to have Kara’s Sister-in-law and nephew come to Denver to hang out on their way to Seattle.  My brother, Josh, was supposed to come to, but last minute work denied his request off, crazy comcast.  Oh well, We missed him, but we had a great time play with Silas and showing Teresa around Denver and the mountains.  We started off by getting them breakfast since they’d gotten up at 4am MI time, then we headed to the Butterfly Pavilion.  I’ve always been curious so it was a good excuse.  There were tons of bugs/spiders/beetles other than the butterflies.  Teresa was brave enough to hold the tarantula, Rosie. We then headed home and to the pool and splash park nearby our house. Silas and Nick had a great time playing together.  Due to the dryness of our summer, all fireworks were cancelled, so we headed to some friends for a barbecue and yard games, then crashed in bed pretty early.

Thursday, Nick had to go to work, so Silas and Teresa and I decided to escape the heat and go to the Denver Aquarium. Of course we took the train downtown and walked over to the aquarium and ended up with a picnic lunch outside between run through’s of the aquarium.  It was pretty cool, but I don’t think worth the price.  There is a bunch of tigers who live there, which was thoroughly UN-expected.  Silas then found a water squirt thing that he had a blast getting wet and getting others wet.  We then headed over to REI and he played on the “bear cave” while we took turns shopping and just talking enjoying the AC.  We then left and found a self-serve frozen yogurt treat to get us through the walking before we got back on the train to come meet Nick for dinner. We enjoyed pizza at our new favorite place Mod Market. Home for more swimming and homemade Popsicles.

Friday we decided to try to find Silas some snow in the mountains and once again escape the Denver heat. Though our first stop on our way up had to be Red Rocks, so we walked around on the stairs and through the museum area. Then we headed up to St. Mary’s  Glacier and it started raining.  We sat in the car for a bit, till it kind of slowed down then with rain coats on, we headed up the 3/4 mile hike to the base of the lake and glacier.  Silas wasn’t up for the walk around the Lake as it continued thundering so we headed down to the car and the rain became heavier.  It was an adventure and we were at least prepared with additional layers which were warm and dry in the car.  We stopped for a picnic lunch, which also got rained out so finished eating in the car. Java Mountain Roasters has the best coffee in Idaho Springs, so we warmed up with some coffee and hot chocolate.  We headed back to Denver in downpour and made it home to grill with Nick and chill out with books and blocks while it rained. Nick also had to wear out Silas with some playing: hog tying and capturing him under the laundry basket.  They had a great time playing together.

The rain disrupted plans a bit, but here in CO we were very glad to see it come and stay a few days.  It was enough to give firefighters an edge to contain most of the wildfires across the state and give moisture to needed areas. Though there was also major flash floods and mud slides all over as well.

Saturday we made breakfast and Teresa and Silas packed up, then we headed to Cherry Creek Arts Festival for some fun and to find Teresa free sunglasses.  😉  It was pretty toasty so we all enjoyed the spray tents to get misted.  We got some yummy lunch and then headed to REI in hopes that Teresa could do the climbing wall, but it was closed, so after some shopping and Silas playing again on the bear park we left in more downpour to see where we wanted to spend the last few hours we had together.  Alas, we found a thrift store on the way to the airport, so we stopped and shopped and I think found something for everyone.  Fun way to chill out in safety from the crazy storm outside.  It did lift enough for them to fly to Seattle.  We had a great time and look forward to more adventures especially as Silas gets older, then we can take him camping!

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