We enjoyed a very special visit with Grandpa and Grandma Mulder a little while ago. This was my dad’s first visit to Denver since beginning treatment for cancer. The last time he was out here, he was pulling me on skis from the truck on some Forest Service roads and staying at Snowy Mountain Ranch hacking his lungs out while the rest of us tried to sleep. A lot has changed in year and we are so thankful the cancer is in remission!
They were here for week. Unlike our previous endeavors, the plan was to keep a low profile and enjoy small activities around our house: Hiking around Red Rocks, daily walks around the lake, raking leaves, golfing 18 holes (Somehow dad beat me?!?, some shopping, nice dinners, eating out, relaxing in the hot tub, and of course lots of play time with little William. Dad was officially Maddy’s best friend too with extra morning walks and William was spoiled silly!
One afternoon, we made it to Staunton State Park. We had a nice hike checking out the some old cabin ruins and ended up hiking all the way to dusk. On our way out, a huge herd of elk made their way out from the forest into the meadows. There was a little bugling by a large bull and mama’s calling to their babies, and some younger bulls were even locking horns. It was a nice show and a real treat!
The last night, they took us out to Old Chicago’s. I think all of our jaw’s dropped when Dad asked the waitress for a “tall Coor’s Light!” It was a fun dinner and the perfect end to a great week.