Every year for the past eight years, my family has taken a road trip to Boulder, Colorado. This year was no different but was fun and special. We left on August third and drove from Riverside to Kolob Canyon. Kolob Canyon is a small part of Zion National Park. We took a small hike where we saw the beautiful rock formations. We spent the night in Cedar City and came back for a five-mile hike. It followed Taylor Creek, which we were able to cross 94 times! The hike ended at the Double Arch Alcove. It was very breath taking and well worth the hike.
When we finally made it in to Boulder we were starving so we went to our favorite barbeque joint. It is called KT’s and has the best sandwiches anywhere. We stayed in a Quality Inn and found it very comfortable. The next morning we went shopping at Pearl Street mall. It is an open-air mall with a variety of stores. I was able to find great presents for friends. That evening we went to Boulder Falls to take a family picture and to climb around it. The next morning we walked along Boulder Creek to shop at a different mall. While there, my sister got a nosebleed and stained her clothes, so we had to buy an extra shirt. My dad has to work at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) during the day but my mom, sister and I were able to spend our days around town.
One of the best things about Boulder is that my pen pal lives near by in Loveland. We have been writing for over a year now. We were able to go and have dinner at her house. It was great to see her again. We had lots of laughs together. On Friday my dad and his work friend were able to take the day off to go to Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked about six miles and saw four picturesque lakes. Each was amazing. I love hiking in the mountains, especially with aspen trees. Afterward we went shopping in Estes Park. Towards the end of the day it began to rain. As we drove back we saw the most vibrant rainbow ever. Then it was jointed by another; creating a double rainbow. It was a perfect ending to our day.
Saturday was spent resting and packing. We were able to take a four-mile walk to a nearby park. I did not have as much fun because an old blister popped and the weather turned to rain. We drove Saturday and Sunday spending the night in Richfield Utah. That night we played Clue, the card game in the lobby, while watching the Olympics. That was a lot of fun.
This trip was extra special. It may have been our last trip out to Colorado but we made the most of it. I was reminded how amazing nature is and that I should always make the most of every opportunity. Each trip has added to memories and stories that we can remember for a long time.
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