thanks, dad. you really rock.
so as per le agenda, we spent day three white water rafting down the arkansas river.
as tough and wild as i want to sound, i'd be lying if i said i wasn't a ner. vous. wreck. the entire morning before our afternoon rafting session began. even though my dad continued to reassure us that we were on the level 2/3 "family-friendly" raft ride, i was just sure our trek would turn into one of those white-water rafting nightmares i'd seen on t.v. my apprehensions were solidified after we loaded into our raft and then were delayed 30+ minutes after our guide noticed a group of passengers stranded upstream in need of rescuing (closure: everyone was safe and in healthy condition - phew!). but alas, i worried for nothing and our journey was nothing but a relaxing, giggly, splashy, slightly bumpy float down the river. we were begging to do it again before we even reached the unloading dock. towards the end of the course as we were easing our way to shore, our guide let me sit up on his special seat in the back and steer the raft! i'm practically a natural and am now considering spending my time working as a white water rafting guide next summer. ;) if only i knew how to swim.
|we felt pretty studly in our wet suits, ready to conquer all great bodies of water|
we've had a running family joke for years about my sister michelle and her obsession with segways - she is dead-set determined on having one someday and talks about them nonstop. on day four, my dad surprised her (jenna & i were already in on it) with a segway tour through the garden of the gods in colorado springs. michelle lost it; she was so thrilled - to say the least - on cloud nine the rest of the week (it made up for her disappointment with the lack of meerkats at the zoo. an odd and strangely pleased one, she is). as ridiculous as they look, segways are pretty darn exhilarating, and my dad, jenna, and i may or may not want one now, too. we get it now, michelle, we get it! it was such a fun way to experience such a fascinating, breathtaking
|i spy pike's peak! it's so frustratingly hard to take a photo of the mountains that i'd deem accurate. with no form of depth perception in-photo, it's impossible to capture how truly fascinating they are.|
breckenridge is such a cute little ski town tucked away in the mountains. we rode both the gondola and ski lifts and spent day five admiring the scenery. we went to one of the ski resorts and took a ride down the alpine slide. one of the best ways to see the sights!