Oh don't get me wrong, I expected a meltdown somewhere in western Kansas, and was equipped with the tools to deal: the coveted (by parents everywhere) portable DVD player and an arsenal of annoying toddler DVDs. Little Nugget is well acquainted with such items at home, but we managed to never need them in the car, so pulling out the DVD player is one big gun. But the fuss-fest never came! Awesome! So somewhere among the prairie grass and antelope, we pulled out the electronics, just for the fun of it. Monkey was surprised, to say the least:
Stopped in her tracks! She just kept looking at us like, "you mean we can have the Wonder Pets in THE CAR???!!!!" To say she was pleased is an understatement:
It was pretty cute.
We finally arrived at our destination, a cabin called the Royal Roost located in the Front Range at Bailey, CO, about an hour out of Denver. It was run by a super nice couple, Tom and Judy, who run Royal Ranch, offering cool llama adventures!
We didn't get to go hiking with the llamas, but we will on our return!
So after we checked in at the Ranch, Tom lead us to the cabin, a secluded get-away nestled in the woods that backed up to the Pike National Forest. As we drove up the trail, the temperature dropped, and the rain started to freeze! I was a little worried because we had wanted to take the SUV, but the dealership didn't get the maintenance done in time. So my tiny little Matrix had to off-road up this rocky road. She was a trooper! We made it to the cabin, and were struck by the beauty of our new surroundings. In front of the cabin flowed Deer Creek: