Living simple doesn’t haven’t mean living boring. In fact, when you get used to needing less stuff, it makes travel a lot easier. But, travel can also be expensive. Airline tickets are pricey, especially when your kids grow out of the “lap baby” stage, and then there are hotel rooms, rental cars, food, entertainment, etc… So, in the interest of having fun without spending a fortune, we planned a little mini-vacation for spring break next week. My sister and brother-in-law just bought a house up in the mountains above Evergreen and they are out of town for a couple of weeks so they offered up their house. We graciously accepted. We are going to spend one night in Evergreen, then drive south to the Cottonwood Hot Springs near Buena Vista, spend one night at the Cottonwood Lodge, and then head back to Evergreen for one last night before returning to Denver. We’ll do some hiking and swimming; we’ll bring James’ Strider bike to keep him entertained (and wear him out so he’ll sleep); and we’ll bring a cooler full of snacks but also check out a few of the funky cafes and restaurants along the way. To some, that might not sound exciting enough, but I can’t wait!
Our family loves exploring small towns. Caleb loves to check out the rivers and find places where our son can throw rocks in the water and poke sticks in the mud. I like to hike or just walk around and check out the shops and the people. When James needs some play time, we’ll find a playground or a library with a kids area. Libraries are AWESOME when you have a kid. And when you go to a library in a new town, that means a whole new kids area to explore with different toys, different books, and different kids. Anytime I need a break from entertaining my son, we head to the library. And the best part? It’s free!
We’ve done some international traveling with our son, and definitely will again, but right now we’re just trying to keep it simple. And, we’re lucky enough to live in a beautiful state that has a lot to offer. So why not enjoy it? Every vacation doesn’t have to be complicated. On this trip, I’m aiming for fun, low stress, relaxing, and simple. Our longest car ride is two and a half hours. We only have to pay for one night in a hotel. Our room comes with free entrance to the hot springs and a continental breakfast. What more could we need? I’ll let you know how it goes, and try to take some cool pictures along the way.