Vacations this year were a lot different than usual. We try to take a long weekend with our daughters and their families sometime during the year, usually early summer, then a week in September for us. This year, due to scheduling done by others than ourselves, we had two week-long vacations almost back-to-back. We went to Alaska with extended family at the end of May, then to Colorado with our daughters the beginning of July.
We had a lot of fun in Colorado and did a lot of things.
We were so busy this is the only picture we took of me tatting on this trip.
If you are interested in this sort of thing I recommend you stop in and see it if you are in the area.
We took a drive one day and visited the Downtown Denver Aquarium.
The kids loved it! It is a pretty cool place to visit.
While in Denver we also visited the Butterfly Pavilion
. You can go into a room with a 1000 butterflies flying around. There are some very exotic ones there.
And what is a visit to Colorado Springs without going up Pike's Peak
? We drove up instead of taking the Cog Railway. The elevation at the top is 14,114 ft.
We visited Cave of the Winds
, too. They have a ride there called Terror-Dactyl. My oldest daughter and I were brave and rode it. What a thrill!
We also went fishing a couple of days, took the kids to The North Pole on the slope of Pike's Peak and did a little shopping in Manitou Springs. We were busy every day of the week we were there.
I got very little tatting done this week. With all the places we went and four grandchildren there just wasn't time or energy. There were a couple of evenings I had time but was so tired from the day I didn't feel up to tatting. I did take it with me everywhere. On one of our outings my 'spare' thread got wet (thread I had along just in case I needed it). Good thing I didn't need it!
The project I took with me I started while we drove out there. As it was the 4th of July weekend I thought I'd tat in patriotic colors so wound a red, white and blue Flora size 20 thread on my shuttles. I can't tell you the name of the color because they marked the label in a bad way. I had brought white thread along to use as the ball (or ring) thread, but the white in the Flora was not the same white; it would have looked really odd if I'd used it. I wish I would have found time to find a plain thread that would have worked. I do not like how this came out at all. It's hard to even make out the pattern! I suppose I'll have to try again with different thread.
This was going to be a trial for a doily center for a Round Robin I joined in Craftree. I think I need to start again.
Though I wasn't that happy with the tatting project I was very happy with the rest of the trip. Everyone had a good time and are talking about what we are going to do next year.
"Are we there yet?" Hunter, age 6 (one of my grandsons)
"Have we reached our destination?" Mercutio, age 6, (the other of my grandsons)
Labels: cave, Colorado, fossils, vacation