We usually close the office and take some time off around the July 4th holiday. Sharon and I like to go somewhere cool, as it is so hot in Texas in July. This year we decided to go to Breckenridge, Colorado and take our whole family. We rented a house at 10,000 ft elevationand settled in to enjoy each other's company. Breckenridge is extremely family friendly and has a great "fun park". Our plans included taking our 3 year-old grandson, Jackson, to the fun park, hiking in the cool mountains, white water rafting, and enjoying the July 4th parade down Mainstreet, Breckenridge.
Jackson loved the fun park, but our rafting trip was short by 2 people. Jennifer, our daughter-in-law, is expecting their 2nd child in February and decided she shouldn't be going on the rafting trip. David, our son-in-law had to miss the trip as well as he is recovering from a broken ankle (wake board accident). Not to be put off, Karen (my daughter) and Bryan (my son) and I went anyway and we had a great time.
The weather was beautiful and the high for the trip was 68. While I was waiting for Bryan to come out of the grocery store, I overheard a native say that he has been visiting his brother in the flat lands. He said that the temperature had gotten up to 75 and had to leave -- that was just too hot. I think he would have died here in Texas during the summer.
We joined 30,000 other people on Mainstreet to see the July 4th parade. A good time was had by all, including Jackson. I think my favorite part of the parade was seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales and their familiar wagon.
What 4th of July holiday would be complete without fireworks? We were able to see a fabulous fireworks display from our house in the mountains. We actually had to look down to see them. It was wonderful and Breckenridge should be proud of the show that they put on.
All vacations must come to an end and Jackson said "I don't want to go home" as it was time to leave. I had to agree with him and said "I don't want to go home, either". Our travel was uneventful and the Texas heat was here to greet us on our return home.