Dinosaurs! – #Colorado2015 Part 5

Life with kids always carries some unpredictable predictable. In my house, the harder I try the bigger the backfire. Our random road trips have taught me so much about partnering my expectations with my reality. Sorting reality from dreams. It is really cool. I find myself staying better regulated, relaxed and able to articulate my must dos and yet keep a list of might dos in my head. It makes for fun, spontaneous days! Moments.

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Saturday morning the kids woke up extra early. After inhaling our breakfast, we loaded up in the car for a quick trip over to the Triceratops Trail out at Dinosaur Ridge in Golden, Colorado. Tripadvisor is my best friend and I found this trail with average ratings but with favorable comments toward all the things we needed. Dinosaur footprints – check. Easy for the youngest of our crew  to hike (ages 4 and 5) – check. Distance of one mile or less – check.



The parking lot and finding the trail left something to be desired but once we figured it out (after turning around at least twice) we really enjoyed this pleasant hike! With the sunshine just beginning to warm the cool mountain air, the kids were loving climbing up the rock paths. The idea that they could stare at a dinosaur footprint was too much for all of us. We just couldn’t wrap ours heads around the bigger picture. Dinosaurs were real. It was affirmation of why my have-van-will-travel craziness is worth every single bit of crazy. I found myself watching them take their book knowledge, the good, rich things they were taught in classrooms and mix it in with their present reality.  Passion in particular really let it hit home that extinct = dead, gone. She was not happy with this new understanding! Nothing should ever be extinct!

After a casual hour at Dinosaur Ridge, we moved along to our bigger adventure plan for the day. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Those tusks!




Dinosaurs, a body/health exhibit, mummies, space and so much more. It did not disappoint!

Money Saving Note: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is part of the ASTC Passport program. Our Blank Park Science Center membership cards along with my photo idea were all we needed to cash in for free admission to the DMNS. Score!

We spent at least 3 solid hours at the museum taking in the sites and interacting with the exhibits. Our favorite exhibit – Expedition Health. Upon entering the exhibit you are given a card that you use to accumulate your stats as you work through the exhibit. As you leave the exhibit, we used the card to print out a fun fact sheet about ourselves. It was like a self-guided doctors appointment. The kids were so intrigued.

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Tired and worn, we buckled little people in the van late in the afternoon. It was time to soak the kids in the pool and let them eat every snack we had packed for our trip. Refuel. This mom’s heart was full and her feet were tired too! Any moment, at home or on the road that gives my kids a hesitation, a moment to reconsider, to gain perspective, to try something new. Those moments are my best memories.

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Rested and full of new energy we set out to attend a graduation party of our cousin. I am such an adult these days… seems like yesterday she was a little girl I baby sat. We are proud of you Carsen! Congrats again and thank you for giving us an excuse to come celebrate and play!  Love you!






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