We took the drive in two days. The first day we made it to Denver. The next day we stopped near Glenwood Springs and took a hike up to Hanging Lake. I read online that it was a 'kid friendly' hike and thought it would probably be a great little stop. Well. It turns out it was 2.5 miles round trip and it was quite steep and rocky. It took 4 hours! The kids did really great though, and even though I had to hold Leah's hand as tightly as I could the whole time to stop her from falling down every couple of minutes, we still had a great time. Leah gives me a heart attack. She just does not pay attention or look around her carefully at all, so I really did have to stay close.
I made the kids some travel books with different activities. They used them a few times, but mostly they watched movies and played games on the tablet and phones.
She was really great in the car! A few meltdowns, but all in all not too shabby.
A view of Kansas out my window.
At the bottom of the hike to Hanging Lake.
Just chilling in the back pack.
View at the top. Hanging Lake.
After the hike.