For the the 4th of July, we made our way to Crested Butte so we could check out the wildflowers in the area. Crested Butte hosts a wildflower festival every year after the 4th of July, so we figured we could check out part of the festival and get out of town on a long weekend at the same time. B+D were heading back from their long camping trip and it worked out that they could meet us there for a few nights of camping.
The first night we actually spent in a hotel because it was the 4th of July and we didn't want to pack the kid up after the fireworks and wait in traffic to get out of town. We arrived in Crested Butte about 1030A, which worked out well because the parade started at 11! We joined about 20,000 of our closest friends and watched a pretty good parade go through town. They have a tradition of wearing cabbage leaves during this parade, I don't know what it is about, but plenty of people had them on!
|Everyone in their cabbage leaves|
|No parade is complete without a guy on stilts|
|Playing in the field|
|A lot of people came out for the concert and the fireworks|
|The phone camera did OK taking pictures of the fireworks|
|"I found a bench guys!"|
|He's a great musician|
|Getting botanical lessons from Grandpa|
|Noah had a good time on our hike|
|Noah really likes the outdoors!|
|A full parking lot and a great view|
|Grandpa teaching Noah the proper way to roast marshmallows|
We still had more time camping, so we packed up the Jeep again and headed west of Crested Butte over Kebler Pass. I had never been over that pass, and it was an amazingly beautiful drive. The views were astounding and we have earmarked it for a trip in the fall when the leaves change. On our drive we ran into a herd of sheep grazing along the road and Noah loved the noises that they made. We then made our way to Lost Lake campground to have lunch and enjoy the views. I took a quick mile hike to find another one of the lakes up the hill. Great day all around.
|The sheep along the road, there were a few hundred of them|
|Grandma teaching Noah to throw rocks in the lake|
The next day came too quickly as it was time for us to head home. We had a wonderful trip and will definitely make our way back to this area again soon. Noah had a great time camping and even did great sleeping in the tent, good job little man!
|"I don't need my hat Mom!"|