Ami Acres Campground, Hanging Lake Trail, and Whitewater rafting in Glenwood Springs, CO

Our drive from Wheatridge so absolutely gorgeous, no clouds, all view!
It was I-70 the whole way. We climbed to 11,300 ft. in elevation with spectacular views of the snowy cliffs.






Then it seemed like the whole second half of the drive was completely down hill. It was a little scary, especially when you see the oh no the brakes don’t work slope!








We arrived in Ami Acres at lunch time. We set-up, had lunch, Jacob and Roux had a nap, and I went explore. There are NO FIRES allowed, I might as well put the hotdogs in the freezer because it doesn’t seem like we’ll ever get to use them. I got some great shots of the campground.





Then we drove to Hanging Lake Trail, 10 miles from the campground. This is listed as a difficult hike and I would agree, it was like doing the stair-master at the gym inside a low O2 chamber. Getting to the lake at the end makes it totally worth every bit of trembling legs you’ll have when your done.

















The next day we planned a Whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River, which happens to pass right in front of our campground. We had time to kill before the trip so we went to Wally-World for a underwater camera. Then we stopped at a site of a man-made rapid to watch crazy people get into the freezing cold water to ride the wave.



It was very entertaining. We later found out that it was the Jackson family, owners of Jackson kayaks. They were staying at our campground, they travel the country riding rapids when they are at there peak. Not a bad life.

After watching all that craziness we headed for a little adventure of our own. On the Whitewater trip, Jacob and I were in a small boat. Half of the trip it was just us with the guide. Good golly miss molly, that water was unbelievable cold! I had a wetsuit and I was still freezing. The second half of the trip 2 guys joined us that were in a inflatable kayak. They were a hoot, part of the way I couldn’t breath I was laughing so hard. The trip was not as intense as I was expecting, I remember trips in North Carolina being more rapid filled. This river was at double it’s normal flow rate so there were rapids in places that usually wouldn’t have rapids. There was a lot of float time, in 3 hour period we hit, I would say, less than 20 rapids. The guys that joined us brought an ice chest of beer in the boat and had been drinking, so after 2 hours down river they had to potty. In order to do that they needed to jump into the water, it was freezing. One of them couldn’t do it and he was on the verge of tears, I was crying laughing, it was hilarious they were giving him such a hard time. We ended up docking for him to go in the woods.

We don’t have any rafting pictures to post yet because we used a water-proof camera and we also purchased the CD from the rafting company.

Then we went to the Hot Springs, which were highly recommended…and we’d agree, we loved it! There were two different natural spring pools, one kept at 90 degrees and the other kept at 104 degrees. They are actually the world’s largest hot springs. The springs actually contain 15 different minerals, kinda like a big Epsom Salt bath! It was nice to warm up after the cold Colorado rapids.


To cap off our amazing day we went to a burger joint, recommended by locals for it’s “real meat.” We thought that to be hilarious….what else could it be, I don’t want to know.


Colorado is a wonderful place to visit, there is something for everyone. We love this place and can’t WAIT to come back!

Our west coast trip is planned and we’re leaving soon!

Once a again we are going on a long vacation.  Our planning is complete, all the campsites are booked, and I’m getting everything ready to hit the road again!  We are so fortunate to be able to take off and get out of town for 6 WEEKS, that’s crazy, right?

dr-seuss oh the places you'll go

Let me tell ya, planning a trip of this magnitude takes a lot of organized planning and budgeting.  We have a beautiful spreadsheet that includes, but is not limited to; dates, cities, states, campground, websites, travel time, distance, things to do, rates, accommodations, budget, and fuel cost.

Here is a list of all of our stops.


There are so many things to see and do in all of these places.  I want to make a separate trip to each, ahhh one day…. maybe with some kids 😀

Why would we be wasting time in Robert?  I actually messed up on the image, Tickfaw State Park is in Springfield, LA and I was too lazy to correct it.


This is pretty much the face I made when I typed that.


Jacob has some work to do in Robert and we are leaving as soon as he is finished. Sooooo to avoid him having to drive home after work we decided to just camp near by.  It’s a beautiful campground with boardwalk trails through the swampy forest.

Back to our journey west, I cannot describe to you how excited I am to see this side of the country.  I know the landscape will BLOW my mind!  I am going to take a ridiculous amount of pictures and savor every inch of scenery!   I have been pinning things to do like crazy on Pinterest, I know we won’t have time for most of it.  Of all the places on this list I have only been to Colorado, basically just Boulder.  I am so excited to be able to spend time with Jacob there because I absolutely adored being there.

When I was in college I decided to take a field course in Boulder.  It was such a wonderful experience and great adventure for me on my own.  My mom thought I was either crazy or really brave.  I flew, not only for the first time ever but also completely alone, to a place I had never been to meet people I had never met.  Honestly, looking back, it was a little bit crazy.  After arriving in the Denver airport, which is beautiful by the way, I had to take public transportation to Boulder.  This was a little scary, being from New Orleans I tender stay away from city buses.  I do enjoy streetcars though maybe because they have multiple exit points, but the buses freak me out!  Public Transportation is TOTALLY different in Denver/Boulder everything is clean and tons of people ride their bikes to work and use the bus system to travel long distances…it’s awesome!  There is a completely different lifestyle in Boulder and you can feel it.  There air is cleaner, more people walk or bike, and there is an appreciation for nature that is lost in so many places.  Not once did I feel like I needed a gun or clench my pepper-spray ready to take action.  I even stayed in a Hostel for a night, and even after seeing several movies that make you never want to come close to one of those I never felt like my life was in jeopardy.  Overall I cannot find one negative thing to say about Boulder it was a welcoming, beautifully scenic, place perfect for a wandering traveler looking a fun and adventurous destination.  This a place that is in tune with nature and the people at least try to minimize their global foot-print, I can really appreciate that way of life and wouldn’t mind living there….but I don’t do cold weather, so I’ll just stay put.


Me in Colorado holding the biggest dandelion I have ever seen.

I know there are not many people that see this blog, but if you have any ideas on “must-do activities” in one of our stops please give us a shout out!  I know even with all the pins on Pinterest I’ve probably missed a great deal of awesome things to do.  Also if you know of a blogger that is taking or has been on the same trip we would love to follow them too.

In closing, as I think about the wonderful things and people that have come into my life this song appeared in my thoughts.  And of course I can’t stop myself from singing it repeated!

oh the lord

Johnny Appleseed