By sandi | June 7, 2012
We had bought a groupon a while back and almost forgot about it. Thankfully we found it in time and were able to book our 4 night stay at Greer Lodge Resort.
The kids were excited and had a lot of ideas about what they would find or what they would do. When we arrived at the cabin they ran around exclaiming “this is paradise!” They found the upstairs bedroom with three queen beds and started deciding who would get each bed. They checked out the entire place while we were unpacking and decided they needed a soak in the huge jacuzzi tub.
Once they dried up we went exploring and found the trout ponds and kayaking pond. We even saw deer just beyond the fence. Both Bill and I tried kayaking and enjoyed it. We may even look into a kayaking trip one day. Of course we both need to be a bit more fit before we could consider it.
Kimberly was the first one to catch a fish on our vacation and she wasn’t even fishing, just dipping her net into the water. The lodge has a catch and release policy so as soon as she got it in her net she let it go. She barely had time to look at it. Kimberly tried fly fishing and liked casting and waiting for the fish, but she wasn’t interested at all in holding her fish. She would barely hold them when I needed to get the hook out. She would release them with the net each time. She loved catching the butterflies and even caught a large swallowtail.
Kimberly really wanted to kayak but unfortunately you have to be 10 to be able to do it. She asked to come back on her 10th birthday. Funny girl always dreaming. We let her know it wouldn’t be happening.
Annie really wanted to find and catch crawfish on this vacation. Unfortunately for Annie the Little Colorado didn’t have any for her to catch. However, she was able to amuse herself by catching butterflies, fly fishing for rainbow trout, wading in the creek, chasing and feeding ducks. She is such a little nature girl that this vacation was right up her alley.
Annie had no fear when it came to reeling in her fish and holding it with her hands. She can tell stories of the extra souvenirs she received when she got blood on her because one of her fish got the hook caught in it’s gills and the time she had scales on her hands after touching her fish. She caught a total of 3 fish on the trip.
Madeline had a lot of patience for fly fishing and was able to catch a lot of fish. She kept wondering how they fell for the fake flies every time and kept saying, “you know you want it” to the fish as she drug her fly by them. She really wanted to hold it but got afraid of the wriggling fish each time. Finally on the last day she held one all by herself.
Mimi also enjoyed feeding the ducks, catching butterflies and wading in the creek. She was fearless while wading through the creek and got in up to her waist several times.
Paul tried to fish several times but didn’t have the patience to wait it out. He loved whipping the fly fishing pole in and out of the pond though and when I say whipping, I mean whipping. No matter how many times I told him that the fish weren’t going to believe in a dive bombing fly he continued on with his whipping. He wanted me to catch a fish for him to reel in and even that was a bit tricky for him. Maybe next time we go fishing he will be ready.
He spent most of his time chasing butterflies and ducks. He got very adept at catching butterflies and even found one that didn’t want to leave his net. Each time he went to the creek he was hesitant to get wet, but once he did he loved it. He enjoyed exploring and wading in the cool water.
Since we were there over our wedding anniversary we went and took some family pictures. I am no photographer but with a little luck and some cropping the snapshot we got were nice. We even were able to do some with the timer. It is crazy to think we have been married for 19 years. We have now officially been living life as married people longer than we have lived life on Earth not married. CRAZY!!!! (We were both a couple of months shy of 19 when we got married.)
19 years ago on a bridge
19 years later on a bridge. What a difference 19 years makes!
The trip was a nice getaway. When not out exploring we played many games, read lots and tried to relax.