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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

An afternoon in Rocky Mountain National Park

Today was one of those days I hope I do more often as a single parent. Ever since ski season ended, I've had a hard time entertaining the kids on weekends. I don't have them every weekend - Julie and I each get them a week at a time. However, for the past couple times I've had them, our weekends have been rather lame. We've still done stuff, but it's usually only a couple hours at a time. The last time I had them we went to Bass Pro Shops, got them some fishing gear and headed out to a local lake. However, once their lines got tangled and they started frolicking in the mud (while I tried to untangle them), I felt like my mission failed.

I don't know what was so special about today, but I think it was simply getting out of the city and into the hills. This morning we had breakfast with Julie, headed to REI for a new tent and then drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to look at some animals and take a hike. We stopped in Estes Park for some ice cream and playground action and then headed into the park to gaze at some Elk and hike along a small creek. Evidence is contained in the pictures below and in a set on Flickr.

Nice Trail Nice day in Colorado

Jack's Special Rock Beautiful Smile

We bought the tent this morning because we were planning on camping with the Colorado Bus Club before Volkswagens On The Green (VWOTG) tomorrow. However, Abbie's cold started to get pretty bad this afternoon, so we decided to camp in the backyard instead.

New Tent Getting ready for camping

Tomorrow should be a lot of fun. The forecast is 86°F and the VWOTG show is always inspiring.

Posted in General at May 17 2008, 11:30:34 PM MDT 3 Comments

Matt, Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Is your bus out of the shop yet and did you take it to the event? I just love seeing all of the fun stuff that you and your family do in Colorado. Me and my wife went to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2005 and had a blast. We camped out for a few days in Denver before the festival and had a great time. I wish I could talk my wife into moving out to the Denver area to work. Mike Jennings

Posted by Mike Jennings on May 19, 2008 at 05:29 PM MDT #

> Is your bus out of the shop yet and did you take it to the event?

Nope, it's still in my garage. It's headed to MotorWorks Restorations in late June. They estimate I'll get it back with a like-new body and paint in January 2009. With any luck, it'll be "good enough" to show in VWOTG 2009.

Posted by Matt Raible on May 29, 2008 at 03:25 AM MDT #

Matt I was at RMNP last weekend with friends from NC and it was a great day. We were escorted down the Old Fall River Road (trail currently) hike by a Bighorn Sheep Ram that wasn't in too much of a hurry to get out of our way. That's why I love Colorado!

Posted by Marshall England on May 30, 2008 at 09:45 PM MDT #

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