Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Denver Trip Part 2

Still Day 1 at the nature and science museum. They had a "Discovery Zone" for young children. There were all sorts of exploratory play items and most had to do with developmental learning but also had a scientific theme to them. We got there just in time for story time. Jesstine of course LOVED that....perhaps a little TOO much!
After the discovery zone, Stephen took us to a really cool spot where you could look out over the park behind in the museum. Then we walked through the Native American section. At this point, Jesstine and I were both wearing down. Surprisingly Jesstine really liked this section. Here she is dancing with the video in this exhibit. It was of some native dancers.
This picture was taken as we were leaving! It was taken with our babysitter and good friend, Kara, in mind! She likes platypuses.
After a quick lunch and a really nice long nap, we headed to a park to meet with my family for dinner. It was so cool to see the daily rain showers developing over the mountains.
So, I booked our room and paid in advance for a room with two queen beds because we anticipated possibly having to share a bed with Jesstine. Well, that is NOT what we got! We got a KING bed and a roll out bed. So, I stuffed the pillows on one side and this is where Jesstine slept. The first night was rough, but each time after that it worked out great! Oh, and make sure you look closely to the newest addition to her stuffed animals (the dinosaur on the far right of the line of buddies). Stephen got a few stuffed dinos at the museum so we decided to let Jesstine pick something out. She picked a stuffed dinosaur and named her "Rexie."
The next morning, we dressed up and ate a quick breakfast across the street at McDonald's. Not the most notorious meal, but it was the best she ate the whole trip.
Here was the view from the breakfast table.
Here is our hotel. Jesstine LOVED riding in the "elegators" and parking in the parking garage.
A little blurry, but a nice view of the snow capped mountains.
Downtown Denver on our way to church.
After church, we ate lunch with my cousin and her family. It was super late so we decided to switch our plans a little. We decided to forgo nap so Jesstine could see the "train museum" because she had been begging since we got there. We missed our turn and by the time we got where we needed to go, she had fallen asleep! She NEVER sleeps in the car!
So, we kept driving and took a little trip through the foot hills! This is Lookout Mountain. I visited here as a child with my grandmother. This is where Buffalo Bill's grave is located. Pretty cool hike!

We went through about 6 tunnels. Jesstine woke up about 2/3 of the way through the mountains. Her favorite part was the tunnels!
Just a cool view of the city in the valley below.
More rain showers over the mountains!
This is the Colorado Railroad Museum!
Jesstine was super excited, but I think she under estimated just how big trains really are in real life. She was a little intimidated. She would have much preferred to stay inside and play with the train tables.
Daddy and Jesstine by the train engine!
They had a whole miniature train set up outside. It wasn't running this day though!

We thought this was a gnarly looking train with the big red turbine on the front. Any guesses as to what it was for????
I hope you guessed to remove snow!

Just saw a cute photo op!

This is the Super Chief! Stephen claims it has been mentioned by Bugs Bunny in a Looney Tunes cartoon.
There was a roundhouse set up as the restoration building.
They actually got a train running. This was where Jesstine was DONE with looking at these monstrosities! It was super loud, especially when the whistle blew!

This was just a freight car that had a little space for the workers to sleep.

And seats to view out up top!
I have always wanted to climb into a real caboose. No such luck, but at least I could LOOK in one! This was a sleeper caboose.

Inside they had all sorts of model trains! Conrad would have LOVED this!

Again, this model train was not running, but we did get to put a quarter in to run the amusement park section complete with Calliope music!

On the last day just before we left, we rode the "elegator" up as far as we were allowed to go so we could look down. Jesstine was fascinated!

Resturaunt side.
Lobby Side.
At some point we had stopped and I had found yet ANOTHER toy to keep Jesstine occupied. I loved the determined look on her face as she was working this out. Just a few seconds earlier she was using the other hand.
More windmills.
And the final movie of the trip turned out to be a decent one that Stephen and I could ALSO enjoy!

THE END!!!!!

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