Friday, July 8, 2011

Trip to the Mountains

Here at Fort Carson, when your Soldier is deployed, you are issued a Mountain Post Hero Card.  This card entitles you to discounts throughout the community, including Burger King....come on, I can't be the only one that rejoices that there is a Burger King on post some nights!

One of the discounts is you get to go to one of the YMCA mountain resorts for next to nothing, including meals. In 2009 we used this discount to go to the YMCA at Estes Park, and loved it, but the food was less than desirable.

This time we decided to go to the Snowy Mountain Resort.

It was beautiful!

A self-portrait by Junior.  After breakfast we headed to the zipline.  Only Em, Gunner, and I ziplined.

I loved it once I got over my fear of jumping off a gigantic pole!

After that we went through a labyrinth and stopped off to take a few pictures.

You know how Junior loves his Grandpa, so he found lots of Grandpa wishers to use.  Hundreds of them.

We had some time before lunch and hit up the Homestead.  The kids LOVED it.  They got to dress up in pioneer clothing and take a tour of the homestead.

The sheriff wasn't too happy because he didn't have a chair.

They husked corn using the cornhusker.
They washed laundry.
Teamwork with my children?  Of course then they all had to do it themselves.
Junior is the only one who poses anymore.

Then Junior and Abs decided to take a wagon trip.

Trust me, they usually fight.

Junior learned how to make butter.
After the Homestead and lunch, we went horseback riding.

After the horses, we headed out on a three mile hike to a waterfall.
This was before he discovered that he could stomp through every mud puddle and stream.  The little imp!

Em & Junior.

We had to fit everything in, so we headed to the Gold Mine next.  It's a cave, but without a flashlight we could get too far.

I've given up on taking serious pictures anymore!

Anyway, it was a much needed break from the stress of retirement, and let me tell you it is stressful!  (and expensive since it cost us $800 at CIF).  (The moral of that story, is to keep every receipt for every item you ever turn in, during your entire career.  Wouldn't you know this was before it was computerized?  Ugh!)


McMGrad89 said...

They didn't have that pass when we were there or if they did, I didn't know about it. This was also before the Gulf War. Many things have changed since then. Glad to hear you had a nice time. Hope to see you soon. -A.

Sara said...

That looks like so much fun! Sadly, we were promised the discount cards, but never got one when Joe deployed. :(

Michelle said...

I love my mountain post hero card!!! It has seriously been a life saver and even works at the PX!!!

cj said...

Awww... save the serious photos for when they're older. These are so much fun!

I can't believe he's five. That means I've been following you for two years!

Thanks for the laughs and the tears, my dear. It's been fun.


Just a Girl said...

Looks like you guys had fun!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

How fun! That zip lining looks fun!

PartTimeCommander said...

Great blog post. Looks like all of you had an awesome trip. I was stationed at Ft. Carson for a couple years myself and really enjoyed it.

This was my first time visiting your blog. It's a great resource for military spouses and military personnel themselves.

Keep up the great work!


MilliGFunk said...

I'm new to Colorado Springs and newly engaged to an Army officer at Ft Carson who's scheduled to deploy early in 2012. Your blog and this post helped bring me a little bit of comfort tonight, as he's away in a field exercise, and I'm at home struggling to settle into a new home, a new job, and a new city. Thanks for blogging.