Kate even loved on her baby while at breakfast -- such a little Mommy!
After breakfast, Luke wanted to go swimming again (he & Marc had already been swimming once the night before). So, since your's truly forgot her swimming suit (after making sure that everybody else had their's & after making sure swim diapers for Kate were even packed), Kate & I walked across the street to "Whole Foods" (the two of us were also there the night before). I LOVE shopping around that store -- if even just to gawk.
When Kate & I returned from our walk across the street to "Whole Foods," we entered the front door of the hotel only to hear the fire alarm & see everybody walking out. A hotel employee was standing at the door, directing everybody outside!
Let's just say that I was VERY thankful Kate was in a stroller. Our little busy-body girl would've been all over amongst the chaos.
While standing outside (keep in mind that I was merely assuming Marc & Luke were outside on the other side of the building; Marc had not responded to my texts), we soon heard the sirens from the fire trucks. Hotel employees were now moving everybody out of the way. AGAIN, let me just state that I'm thankful for my love of strollers! Kate was indeed contained in the middle of this ordeal.
After a few minutes, the "All Clear" was given from the Denver Fire Department. I never did hear what happened. So, we all headed inside as the firefighters were heading out.
Upon entering the building, Kate & I came across Marc & Luke -- all wet in their swimsuits. They had exited out a different door when the fire alarm went off.
After that brief excitement, we all went upstairs to pack up and leave the hotel....
For lunch, we went to Casa Bonita's -- the *famous* restaurant with cliff diving for entertainment and very mediocre food (at least for the price). I had been there over 20 heads ago & vaguely remembered it.
It's not necessarily a place I'd recommend for the food, BUT Luke thoroughly enjoyed the cliff diving and pirate skit!
When inside the restaurant, I was too busy chasing Kate to take a decent pic, BUT I did get one of my two favorite guys outside the restaurant.
We then finally started heading more into the mountains -- to Leadville...seeing more of the Rocky Mountains and going through the famous "Eisenhower Tunnel" (1.7 miles through a mountain). Luke loved the tunnel, by the way. A fact: The "Eisenhower Tunnel" is the longest mountain tunnel and the highest point on the US interstate highway system. (Elevation: 11,100 feet)
We arrived in Leadville in the late afternoon -- only to find out that the house we were to stay in had an INCREDIBLE view. (This pic was actually taken from about 1/4 mile from the house, but it was the same from the front door of the house).
Our friends, Jeremy & Nicole (and their girls, Mady & Abby), were going to be at the house with us over the weekend. You local folks probably remember them. A job relocation took them to Cheyenne, WY, two years ago.
And, look closely at this pic because Luke insisted on having his picture taken on the back deck.
Our first evening in Leadville was spent getting organized, going to the grocery store, etc....
AND, since Leadville has an elevation at over 10,000 feet above sea level, this Mama went on high alert for proper hydration of the kids. I was determined to avoid altitude sickness (which we did)!!!!
More to come in other blog posts!!!!