We left Colorado with two more people in the van than we arrived with. My in-laws had flown from South Carolina to Colorado the week before we arrived, and then rode home with us to Minnesota. We stopped in South Dakota to visit Mount Rushmore and spent the night at a nearby hotel.
After dinner we headed down to the hotel pool and the Roc was surprised to find a water slide there. He was hesitant and GC and I pushed him too hard to go down. As soon as he got to the top and saw the rushing water, he could not bring himself to get on. No matter how many times I explained that the water wass only spraying out at the top of the slide to get it going, his fear was too overwhelming, and he walked back down the stairs in tears. I shouldn’t have pushed. I still feel bad as he was very stuck on the fact that he didn’t go down the slide, and I know without a doubt that my pushing made him feel worse. Sometimes I have a hard time controlling my emotions, and I definitely learned a lesson that night.
We had a very long, very boring drive across South Dakota and back home the next day. Very long. Very boring. Some screaming for the last hour…or so.
We spent one day at home unpacking, doing laundry, and then repacking for a short(er) road trip to the north shore. We stopped at Split Rock and hiked up to a look out, then back down to let the Roc throw rocks.
My in-laws really enjoyed seeing the North Shore and I’m so glad we took them. I have so many childhood memories of camping up north, I always like sharing that part my beautiful state.
We were all so tired after our long trip from CO and then our northern MN trip, but we did make some time to go see my Mom’s beautiful yard,
I’m so glad that we were able to overlap our Colorado trip with my in-laws and that they were able to come to see our new home. It is hard to be away from GC’s family, seeing them during the school year is something we gave up when we moved away from the East Coast last year. We definitely cherished the time we got to spend with them.
And now that they know it doesn’t snow in August, the will definitely come back!