Casey, Jennifer, and Adelyn, otherwise know as "baby Adelyn" in our house, made it out to Colorado for a long weekend visit. To give them the true Colorado Experience we headed up to "The Condo" in Breckenridge. We just LOVE using the condo and are extremely fortunate to be able to do so. I'm really glad Casey, Jen, and Adelyn got the chance to spend some time there as well!
With the weather cold, and a mix of rain and snow in Breck, we headed over towards Glenwood Springs to hike up to Hanging Lake located right off of I-70 near the west end of Glenwood Canyon.
The last bit of the hike was spectacular with views of the valley we just hiked up and a steep final climb to get to the lake at the top.
Andrew had a good time feeding the little brook trout his peanut butter sandwich that he didn't want to eat.
And of course the little chipmunks were in full force scavenging from the hikers. This one didn't have to work too hard as Aunt Jennifer made it easy on him with a delicious piece of apple.
Andrew thought it was pretty cool to see him so close.
After spending some time at the lake we headed back down the mountain to catch up with Kate and Elizabeth. The lake fed a small stream and at the bottom of the trail the kids got a chance to play in the river a little and provided some great opportunities for some fun photos.
While in Breck the kids wanted to do some ice skating - so of course we did just that - who can complain about having the whole rink to ourselves and then follow it up with a burger special at the Breckenridge Brewery on your way back to the condo before nap time!
Of course with Casey here, we had to get out and do some fishing. The intel gathered at the flyshop said Salmon Flies on the Colorado! Who can't resist big fish caught on big flies?!?!
Driving down to the river we enter An incredible canyon! Casey couldn't resist getting his photo taken...
This is a pretty fishy place although we had a rought go due to the weather. The fish were keying in on the Salmon Flies but it was cloudy and overcast - The salmon flies like the bright sunny days.
Casey worked the river pretty hard with a streamer and moved a lot of fish but couldn't get any to really commit.
Finally the Salmon Flies started coming out! They are probably the coolest bug in the river. They are HUGE and the trout seem to love them!
I finally hooked into a good one on a streamer.
We had a great time with Casey, Jennifer and Adelyn! We are really looking forward to seeing you guys this summer.