Colorado Travel Diary – Day 4: Flowers & Fourth of July

Hey daydreamers! First off: super sorry that I missed last week’s post! I was really busy transferring American Girl World to the new site. Also, school and dance has been absolutely crazy lately!!

(My dance teacher actually said that some of us will be getting our pointe shoes the Saturday after Halloween…DEFINITELY NOT FREAKING OUT HELP)

It’s been like 3 weeks since I’ve done a Colorado Travel Diary, so I decided now would be a good time to post Day 4! (AKA the second-to-last day of the trip. Waaaaaah 😭😭😭) So let’s get started! (I sound like a YouTuber lol)

We’d planned to go to this Fourth of July parade, except everyone was so exhausted from whitewater rafting that we all slept in. Once we all finally woke up, Unicorn, Riley, and I were just hanging around the house when we decided to go on a walk around Eagle Vail!

But then my blood sugar went low, so we decided to take a break in this gorgeous little community garden that was sooo cute! We explored, talked, and of course I took a ton of pictures.

I love this picture! We found this random little chair made of sticks that Riley could actually fit in.

Also, for some reason, Riley and Diamond felt the need to collect all of these little golf balls that were all over the place and throw them into this basketball hoop. It was pretty funny.

⬆️⬆️ Said basketball hoop ⬆️⬆️ Oh, and this sandbox that we found all of these cool little toys in!

Oh, and we also found this adorable little playhouse!

It was really small, but it even had a little kitchen, windows, door, curtains, bench, and a shelf! I would’ve loved this thing as a little kid.

We found this cool pine tree that if you crawled under this opening in the leaves, you could actually stand inside the leaves! It looks super cool and pretty from inside there. I love how the sunshine streaming through the leaves dapples the ground with soft spots of light.

This is the little chair – how cool is that? I wonder if somebody actually made it from sticks in this garden? Or is it just made in a factory with some real sticks? Regardless of how it was made, this makes a cool picture! For some reason it looks like there’s a lake in the back, even though there isn’t. Maybe that’s the fence? It looks cool anyways.

They even had a mini-library where you could put in an old book and you could borrow the other books in there! On the sides were these super cute paintings.

I took so many pictures of the different flowers! I love how this one turned out – I think the purple goes nicely with this picture.

This yellow one looks super cute, too! I love the contrast between the green mountains and trees and the bright, yellow flower.

I’m not a huge fan on how this one turned out, but it looks okay. There’s so many flowers!

This is my absolute favorite picture so far! I can’t believe I took this moments before the lady bug flew away and it actually turned out pretty well. One of my favorite parts is the cool bokeh in the background and the vibrant ladybug. (Okay, that’s two, but whatever.)

We found this patch of tiny little strawberries! Shh, don’t tell – we might’ve eaten a few! πŸ˜‰

I know dandelions are weeds, but don’t they seem like flowers? No? Just me? πŸ˜›

This birdhouse is so cute! When we opened up one of the little doors, we found cheese in there! How weird is that? XD

They even had a whiteboard full of all the stuff that needed to be done in the garden..

I love this sign. XD

When I saw this out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was a REAL butterfly, but it’s actually just this little statue thingy. There was also this cute red robin pinwheel!

These flowers look really cool against the sky.

After our walk, we headed over to Beaver Creek for the Fourth of July festival! But it turned out that everything there was SUPER EXPENSIVE, and most of the stuff was exactly the same as Epic Discovery.

So we ended up just walking around the village, and it was super fun checking out all the cool shops, and we even ate chocolate gelato! They had tried to dye the chocolate a patriotic blue for the Fourth, except it ended up turning green! It was still really delicious, just the color threw me off!

So that explains why Unicorns’s lips are greenish brown. Very appetizing. XD Also, U didn’t even notice this until now, but you can see this little boy in the corner holding that same green gelato. πŸ€”πŸ¨

I’m looking very patriotic in my maroon shirt, pink scrunchie, and Aggies baseball cap. πŸ˜‚ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

There was also this huge lake/founatain/river/pool thingy that we tried to put our feet in, but the water was sooooo cold! There was even this dog that was bathing in the water. It was hilarious.

We spent the rest of the day playing cards and helping our dads finish the puzzle – MINUS ONE PIECE. We never found that piece – it’s still driving me crazy!

After trying and failing to find a way to get on the roof and watch the fireworks happening on the other side of Vail, we decided to play this SUPER FUN card game called spoons – there are several spoons in the middle of the table, one less spoon than the amount of players. You start with four cards, and pass around different cards that you can reject or replace with a card from your hand – the goal is to get four of the same card. Once you do, you try to grab a spoon! Once someone’s found a match and grabbed a spoon, everyone else tries to grab a spoon as fast as possible. The person without a spoon is out!

We had so much fun on our last full day of Colorado!

And that’s it for today’s post! I really hope you enjoyed it! (Once again, I sound like a YouTuber.) Kudos to you for making it to the end of this post! You guys are my favorites See you next week for maybe a room tour! Bye!

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 3: Rodeo Ridin’ The River Rapids

Hey daydreamers! (Lol, alliteration overload in the title.) You guys really seem to enjoy my Colorado Travel Diary series, so today I’m here with Day 3! Ahh, I can’t believe there’s only 2 more days left in the series.

Today was super special, because we went…*drumroll please*…WHITEWATER RAFTING! It was so, so, so much fun – I could’ve spent all day on that raft! And I still can’t believe that – wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait for today’s post, so let’s get started!


Credit: Lakota Guides

Once we’d eaten breakfast and hung out for a little bit, it was time to drive to the rafting place! When we first got there, I was kind of nervous. I kept thinking about everything that could go wrong, and what if I fell in? I was also super nervous about my insulin pump and supplies, because how was I supposed to treat my blood sugar on a tiny raft? What if I fell in and my pump got ruined?

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(Those people stuck in the branches? That’s us. πŸ˜‚)

We had to put on these wet suits that were really uncomfortable, since the straps were rubbing on my sunburn I got from going to Epic Discovery! We also had to wear these waterproof shoes, helmets, and splash jackets. For some reason, the helmets had random names on the back of them, and mine said Dory! Unicorn’s was Sleepy, lol.

Credit: Lakota Guides

We got to ride in a bus with all the other rafts going on the trip, and once we got there, we practiced a couple of strokes on the ground. Riley and I were tall enough to paddle, but poor Unicorn was stuck in the middle seat! 😜 We learned that when our guide, Perry, called out “Forward 3!” We’d row forward three strokes, and “Backward 3!” meant the same thing, but backwards. Us Texans were used to canoeing, so it was really fun learning how to paddle the raft!

Credit: Lakota Guides

My heart was pounding when we first got in! (I’m the terrified one in the back right, lol.) The water was soooo cold, so I was super grateful that we had to wear all that gear!

Credit: Lakota Guides

We started to paddle, and I felt like I was getting into the groove a little bit more! I started to relax as we traveled through the river. You could see the mountains from the raft!

Credit: Lakota Guides

And then we hit our first rapid! It was CRAZY. I was so scared and screaming with delight at the same time! It was such a fun adventure, and the rapids weren’t as bad as I thought they would be.

Credit: Lakota Guides

But then, of course, Riley decided to go on this thing called the Rodeo Seat, which is basically this rope that’s on the front of the raft. You kind of sit on the very edge, and the only thing that’s keeping you on is the rope! Riley seemed to be having fun, and the rodeo seat looked scary but also pretty cool.

Credit: Lakota Guides

Another raft in front of us had gotten stuck on this log, and their entire boat flipped over! Once they got free, the log was rolling around like crazy.

Credit: Lakota Guides

My exact thought process was, when I saw the helmet bobbing up and down in the water: “Oh look, there’s some girl in the water. WAIT!!!! THAT GIRL IS RILEY!!!!!!!!” She had fallen in the river! Suddenly, the log was rolling towards her. She went underwater and moved out of the way at the last second! It was crazy!!

Credit: Lakota Guides

Once we’d pulled Riley back onto the boat and that craziness was over, another person had fallen out of their raft! At first I thought it was my dad, lol, and then it turned out to be some random person. Since we were the sweeper boat, we had a special job of picking up all the people who fall off, so the guy rode on our boat for a few minutes before we could get him back to his party.

Credit: Lakota Guides

Paddling along the river was sooo relaxing – I just wanted to stay on that raft forever and ever! And the whitewater rapids were so exciting and scary and thrilling and petrifiying, all at the same time.

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And of course, towards the end of the rafting trip, Riley decided to get BACK on the rodeo seat, even after her fall into the river! I was super amazed by her bravery. I could never have done that. 😜😜😜

Credit: Lakota Guides

And then, of course, on the very last rapid of the ride, she fell of again. πŸ˜‚ Poor Riley!

Credit: Lakota Guides

Soon the rafting trip was over, and we were all exhausted! We all got out of the raft and took off all our gear. They even had snacks, water, and cookies, so that was super nice! After enjoying our cookies, we got in the van with another raft and we all talked and rehashed the insanely amazing rafting trip. It was the highlight of Colorado, for sure!

We drove around this place called Minturn for a little bit, and then decided to eat lunch in Vail Village at this cute little deli that had AMAZING ice cream and sandwiches! Riley’s older sister called, and she answered with, “Guess what? I almost died today!” Uni and I almost died laughing! πŸ˜‚

Credit: My mom πŸ™ƒ

We found these really cool murals next to the parking garage! They had all these flowers and swings on them, and I had to pose in front of it! I love how these kinds of murals make it seem like you’re part of the painting. I read in this travel magazine that was lying around the rental house that said something like “the murals in Vail aren’t complete until someone stands in them”, which I thought was really cool!

Credit: My mom again πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

And of course, Unicorn had to pose, too. I love her expression in this photo, lol! She’s looking into the distance with a devious smile on her face, and I her arms are shrugging like “Whaaaaat?” when she was trying to “grab” the ropes of the swing. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It actually does kinda look like she’s sitting on the swing!

Credit: My mom again (again) πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

I love this picture!! The rest of the day was spent doing puzzles, playing cards, eating snacks, laughing, chatting, and playing around in the yard. Riley and I even found these sleds in the garage, so we sledded down the hill of our rental house in the grass, just so we could tell everyone that we went sledding in the summer! πŸ˜› It was actually really fun, except the grass was really itchy and irritated my skin.

Credit: Uh, me. It’s a selfie.

AHHH AVERT YOUR EYES! I look downright scary in this selfie. πŸ€ͺ I had to use the flash since it was getting darker. THIS SELFIE WILL HAUNT YOU IN YOUR NIGHTMARES MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA

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Anyway, here are the traditional sunset photos for today! I STILL can’t get over how GORGEOUS Colorado is. I know you guys are probably sick of me talking about how pretty this place is, but it’s so true. ❀

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I miss Colorado so much! In my opinion, it’s the most beautiful place in the world. πŸ’• πŸ”οΈ

Photo by Jingda Chen on Unsplash

(We unfortunately didn’t get any pictures of the fireworks, so here’s a cool one I found from Unsplash!) Even though it was July 3, there were fireworks going off! We raced outside, and we could see the fireworks show perfectly…from our deck! It was insane. It was such a crazy, incredible experience to be able to see fireworks…oh, and also to be freezing cold on July 3rd. πŸ˜‰

And that’s it for today’s post! I’m really enjoying this Colorado series, and I hope you did, too! Writing these posts totally takes me back to that amazing vacation and puts me in my happy place! See you next Saturday!

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Colorado Travel Diary – Day 2: An Epic Discovery at 8,150β€²

Hey daydreamers! I’m so happy you guys liked the first installment of my Colorado Travel Diary, and today, I’m back with another one! The second day of our trip was truly amazing, with even more new things and new adventures to explore.

On day 2 of the Colorado trip, I faced my fears, tried new things, hung out with my friends, and saw even more of this beautiful state. And I’ll be documenting all of that in this post, so let’s get right to it!

I had a bit of a rough night – I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I was about to faint from altitude sickness, and I had these strange, vivid dreams that I kept waking up from every hour or so. But, I woke up to sunlight streaming through the windows and the beautiful mountain view! I read my Bible on the porch while everyone was still waking up – it was absolutely gorgeous, and I felt so close to God!

(Isn’t the sky so pretty? *Sighs*) After we had eaten breakfast, we got dressed and headed off towards Lionshead Village (just a few minutes away from Eagle Vail, the town where we were staying), found a parking spot, and walked around Lionshead for a little bit. Once we got gondola tickets, we decided to go up the mountain to check out this adventure park!

All of us on the gondola! (Riley’s face, lol. She’s the one in the blue shirt, next to me.) I was a little bit nervous about going up the gondola – I kept thinking of this episode I saw in a show called Bunk’d where the ski lift breaks! XD

The gondola started going faster and faster until we were in the air! It absolutely took my breath away being able to see the mountains from hundreds of feet in the air. It was so fun! (Except for the fact that my ears kept popping, lol.)

Me, Unicorn, and Claire in the gondola! We were so excited to go up the moutain!

Before we knew it, we were on the mountain! They had this really huge building called The Eagles’ Nest that had a ton of resturaunts and ski schools inside. Inside that little hut next to it, they had this mini-science center, which was a little lame. XD

Family photo! You can see the rockies in the background – aren’t they so beautiful?? I know I’ve said that like a thousand times so far in this series, but it’s so true! (By the way, the yellow tag thingy on Unicorn’s jacket is her gondola pass – you can also see mine attached to my jeans.)

At the top of the mountain, we discovered HUGE piles of snow!! In July! We were all freaking out with excitement and playing around in the snowpiles and throwing snowballs and “snowboarding” (aka sliding down on our shoes). That’s Texans for ya, haha.

This photo was supposed to be “aesthetic”…not sure if you can actually tell that it’s a close-up of the snow, lol. However, I love how the snowy bokeh looks like shimmering glitter! So pretty!

After we had looked around and decided all the stuff we wanted to do, we went back down the gondola to Lionshead Village to purchase our passes for the adventure park and eat some lunch (since the restaurants in the Eagle’s Nest were crazy expensive). This photo was taken as we went down the mountain in the gondola!

We ate lunch at this cute little restaurant (with a really weird name that I can’t remember right now) that had a deck on top of the roof where you could eat outside. It was so cool! I took this photo while we were waiting for our food – it’s probably one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken! Aren’t those flowers pretty? (I really need to stop saying pretty and beautiful in this post.)

After we bought our passes for Epic Discovery, the adventure park at the top of the mountain, we headed back up in the gondola! Unicorn says her favorite part of the adventure park was the gondola. XD

Unicorn and I got to do this super fun bungee jump while Riley went on a zipline! It was really cool jumping up super high and doing cheer and dance jumps, but whenever I almost attempted a backflip, I would lean back, see the sky, and change my mind! However, I’m determined to someday accomplish a backflip on a bungee jump! πŸ€ͺ

Riley and I both decided to go on the ropes course, but I wanted to warm up on this little baby ropes course they had that was literally three feet off the ground, yet somehow you had to wear harnesses anyways. When I was waiting in line to put my harness on, they had these ropes that said Vail on them and I had to take a picture!

This is the baby ropes course I did – behind it, you could see a real one, but it was closed, so Riley and I did another one on the opposite side of the moutaintop. The baby course was so easy, I went through it super fast!

This was the course I went on with Riley – I only did the first level, and I’m glad, because I’m not the best with heights sometimes! It was kind of scary – they didn’t have one of those automatic belays. You had to actually unclip one of the ropes that was holding you and move it to the next area you wanted to go on, and then do the next one, but I had a lot of trouble with that because I’m so short! I’m glad I got off on the first story, since I started feeling lightheaded right at the very end when I got down.

photo credit: Epic Discovery

I didn’t get a picture of the rollercoaster (since I was on it, duh, and also my mom only took videos of it, and I only have the free plan πŸ˜‰), so enjoy this photo of two random people on the coaster from the Epic Discovery website. πŸ€ͺ There was this really cool mini – rollercoaster that Riley, Unicorn, and I went on, where you drove your own car and controlled the speed! I went slow at first, but then realized I totally loved full speed and went super fast the rest of the way! We all agree that this was the best attraction in Epic Discovery (except in Unicorn’s case. She still thinks it’s the gondola.)

Doesn’t this photo look like either Unicorn is super tiny or we’re about to back-flop of a cliff? We took a bunch of cool boomerangs of us jumping up and down right here, but WordPress won’t let me post them.

We were all super tired and exhausted from the day, so we headed back home in the gondola! We took a little bit to rest and recover from the busy day at Epic Discovery, and then headed over to Vail Village, where we shopped and ate at this cute little deli.

To end this post, here’s another sunset photo I took on the second day. Every day, I took some pictures of the gorgeous sunset, so I’ll be closing off every post in this series with them! I’m planning on making every other post part of this Colorado Travel Diary series, but that might change. πŸ˜‰ Keep an eye out for a collab or guest post coming soon, along with a What’s In My Backpack + Back To School Haul post! See you then!

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