We have, however, taken family trips to this place for more than twenty years.
Welcome to Rams Horn Village, nestled near the town of Estes Park and at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park, one of my family's favorite places to be. My grandma found Rams Horn many years ago, and we've stayed there nearly every summer for practically forever. It's tradition now. We go hiking in the park (we have several favorite trails), we walk the town and do a little light shopping, we eat good food, we go to the pool if the weather is cooperative, and we rest. It's awesome, and one of the things we most look forward to each summer. Some of our favorite memories come from our trips here, especially those with my grandparents.
A couple of weeks ago was Will's first trip to Estes Park to stay at Rams Horn. He, his Nonna (my mom), Grandad (my dad), Tia (my sister), and I headed up midweek, but poor Daddy (Husband) had to wait until Friday night to join us, due to his job. The weather was pretty much gorgeous, but unfortunately they are doing major roadwork in RMNP, cutting off access to most of the trails we usually hike (and the ones I felt I could do with Will strapped to my front). Still, we were able to drive around the park, watch as a wedding party took pictures at the Illuvial Fan, and hike to Alberta Falls, one of our favorite easy hikes. We even saw a huge herd of elk... a first for all of us! We have only ever seen a few at a time before.
Not only did Will go on his first hike, but he also went to his first rodeo. Estes Park is home of the Rooftop Rodeo, voted the PRCA's Best Small Rodeo. We love the rodeo, and were pretty bummed when we discovered our Estes Park trip coincided with the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, meaning we'd have to miss out. Sister and I were pretty estatic to see that the Rooftop Rodeo was going on while we were there, though, so rodeo-ing we went. On a whim I'd thrown this little outfit in the suitcase, so Will was the best-dressed in our family. It was a great little rodeo, with some of the best bucking horses I have ever seen and an incredible view - Lake Estes and the Rocky Mountains as the backdrop.
Will's other first was a couple of trips to the pool. He only spent a few minutes in the pool each time, and I'm not totally sure he liked it, but he didn't hate it, either. What he did hate was getting out - he cried and cried - but he cries getting out of the bathtub, too. He was pretty stinking cute in his little bathing outfit, though.
The rest of the time was spent hanging out, walking around town, and just being together as a family. We did absolutely no work and were able to, I think, truly get some much needed rest before things get going again. Wish we could have stayed a few more days!