The denver trip was fun, although we got some seriously bad weather to drive through, and delays on the way home due to bad weather, including road closures. We made it home around 10:30 Sunday night. And the girls definitely got some good driving experience, which was kind of the point.
We took some photos with Francha's camera (the boys weren't with us, and I'm the worst person in the world for taking pictures -- I don't even own a camera.) She's supposed to send us copies, and I'll post some when they arrive.
On the way to Colorado, we had dinner in Des Moines, and slept in Lincoln, Nebraska, so we spent time in the capitols of all the states we visited. We also had a nice time visiting a small town outside of Lincoln, and having breakfast at a charming local restaurant (with unfortunately poor service, but really good food and nice atmosphere.)
My uncle Ken and his wife Francha were super sweet, and made it a cheap and comfortable week for us. Ken actually seemed better than I expected from what I'd heard (he's had a couple strokes, the latest one pretty recent.) He was in good spirits while we were there, and we got in lots of nice visiting. He took us to Red Rocks
and showed us around some (the girls did their share of running & climbing there.) We went for dinner to a really excellent Mexican restaurant. We also met some other friends of theirs (relatives? I can't remember) who stayed with them for a couple days which was fun.
My cousin Stephen was great. He worked a lot of hours in the week we were there, but spent pretty much all his spare time with us (including some he really should have used for sleep.) He showed us downtown Denver (he made a very good city driving coach for the girls, and even talked Evy into a rather small parking spot successfully), and took us into the capital building. He took us on an all day drive through the mountains and into the South Park area where he used to work (stopping for a very nice lunch in FairPlay
.) Also, we got the tour of the fire station in Golden where he now works.
Tuesday evening, we took a couple of dance classes, and went to their most popular swing dance night (I think it was Evy's first official "Lindy Hop" class.) Steve tagged along for that, and was even brave enough to dance with me a couple times. The classes were good -- I definitely got some stuff to take home from them, and the people were very friendly. We had lots of fun.
Also, I have to say that I was pleased with Katy and Evy. If Ken and Francha (and Stephen) were good hosts, the girls were also pretty good guests. They were cheerful and patient with visiting, listened well, and told lots of their own stories. They even baked Ken his favorite (frosted ginger) cookies, and made Francha a couple of chocolate cakes.