Family Vacation Part Two

Friday I took my nephews on four mile bike ride to the ice cream stand and back. It was really hot so we had strawberry milkshakes when we got there.

We had to hurry to get back because we were headed to the Cog Railway that goes to the top of Pikes Peak.

My parents live in a town where if you take a picture of yourself in an unusual location holding the local newspaper, they’ll publish that picture in the newspaper. So that’s why there’s always a newspaper in these pictures!

My brother wanted to drive his Bronco up to the top. So he took his son and DM with. They had car trouble on the way up and they arrived JUST as we were about to get back on the train to go back down. Since I wasn’t there, here’s DMs recap of the car trouble, in typical DM style:

“So T7’s brother, his kid Red, and I drove this thing up Pikes Peak. At some point, the transmission goes out, or so we think, so we turn around and coast back down a little ways until people start shouting at us and parts are falling off under the car and onto the road. Transmission? No, no, it’s the axle. The motherfucking AXLE is coming out of the car and the wheel is like a foot-and-a-half away from the car at this point. Well, I just figured the car was broken beyond repair and we were going to have to call a salvage yard to come get it. But holy shit, T7’s brother just jacked up the car and shoved it all back together. And in the true can-do spirit of the American West, we turned that Bronco around and conquered that hill. Where would we be today if the pioneers had gone home when things got rough? The U.S. would end at Kansas. We are pioneers. And survivors.”

DM: Like other pioneers did when they reached their destinations, we parked the car and ate donuts.

Then we ate donuts- the donuts from the top of Pikes Peak are oddly famous.

Then we took more pics. There’s that pesky newspaper again!

DM took these pics on the way back down the mountain.

DM: Death at every turn.

DM: Red holding up the rear, checking periodically overboard to make sure the tire’s staying on. “How’s that tire looking, Red?” “Still on!” “Good.”

DM: You’re seeing this right: This is not an invisible door. No, there’s no door at all. All you sissies can have all the doors you want on your cars. Me, I’m going doorless from now on. (Unless it’s a DeLorean or Lamborghini, with doors that open in a cool way.)

After all the excitement of the day we had drinks and dinner at Phantom Canyon. Kid was drinking their homemade root beer. Yum

The Pioneers

I had a heffeweizen- sorry, I can’t spell it and I’m not going to look it up.
More later!

Family Vacation Part One

My parents, my brother, his kids, and my brother’s girlfriend came out to Colorado last week and we did some stuff.

My parents arrived first and for dinner we went to Nosh which I’ve been wanting to try. It was really good overall.

I had their special sangria, my dad had some scotch and my mom had some white wine.

We “noshed” on a blue cheese wdge type salad which was only ok. Kinda odd actually.

We also had a beet salad which I forgeot to take a picture of but which was really tasty. And we shared this shrimp and steak salad thing, also delish.

Of course we had dessert. Three TINY little things, a chocolate pudding, a cake parfait thing and a lemon cake. All were great.

The next day we went to Rico’s/Poor Richard’s for lunch. Here’s DM and my mom.

The rest of the group arrived in the afternoon and parked their motorhome right outside my house on the street. LOL. It was funny. We were going to go on the Cog Railway that day but it was rainy and late so we went to the arcade in Manitou instead. It’s a really neat old place with tons of old and new games. We all played Skee Ball.
Here is dad, mom, my nephew, then over on the other side, my brother, his girlfriend, and my other nephew. That is NOT a baby in the girlfriend’s arms, it’s an photographic optical illusion!

Here’s the girlfriend again.

After the arcade we all went up to Ted’s Montana Grill for dinner. We had to wait in the bar because it was really crowded. I forget what this drink was called- a bottle of coke and a glass of Woodford reserve whiskey. DM and my brother’s GF had this. I had a whiskey and lemonade which they gave a cute name to, as well.

Here we all are waiting at the bar. In Colorado kids are allowed in bars if they’re with an adult so we hung out in quite a few of them during the week!

Waiting for dinner.

Ooops didn’t get any shots of dinner, but here’s dessert!

More later!