We started our Disneyland vacation with a table for 6 at the Plaza Inn, near the intersection of Main Street and Tomorrowland. Most of us had a great time but Colin, it turned out, was absolutely terrified of the characters (especially that dastardly Captain Hook!). We tried to distract him, but there are lots of pictures of Colin cowering or crying that I am not going to post here. Fortunately, Cinderella’s fairy godmother happened along and was able to help us run interference between the boy and the characters.
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Jen got some time off from work, so the whole family went for a walk around downtown Denver. We saw the capitol, visited the so-so Colorado history museum, and ate delicious vegetarian food at City O’City, the filthiest hipster dive rathole of a restaurant any of us has ever been to. I thought the food was really amazing (Nora uncharacteristically refused to eat) but we’ve rarely had such terrible service. The most upsetting part was the way all the staff we interacted with seemed to treat Nora as an inferior being for being small (probably what put her off her lunch). It makes no sense at all. Hipsters should love kids who, after all, have only one gear, don’t have any brakes, think they’re indestructable, routinely make bad decisions, and wear tiny, tiny clothes ALL the time.
We took daily advantage of the wacky hotel pool in Denver. It had a tiny indoor part and then a long, narrow channel connecting it to a much larger, deeper outdoor part on a balcony up on the 7th floor of our hotel. Nora, of course, loved getting to go swimming every day. Here are a couple of pictures of her looking all grown up and tall.
Nora and I went for another very long walk; this time to the Denver Children’s Museum. It’s much smaller either than the one in Houston or the Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, but it makes up for its tiny size by being extraordinarily well staffed and well stocked with art/project supplies. We spent several hours there painting, playing dress up, designing rockets, playing dress up, dancing, being firefighters, etc. 4 enthusiastic thumbs up but, if you’re going, pack your own lunch. The food options available are … unappetizing.
A 2 mile hike followed by a day of playing proved to be too much for the little one. I ended up carrying her part of the way home (we stopped at a Starbuck’s *inside* an REI to share a cookie and some water); then she collapsed into maybe the longest, deepest nap of her young life.
Nora loves to volunteer, whenever possible, as an amateur zookeeper. The only thing she loves more than learning about the animals at the zoo is explaining those things to other people (while gesturing grandly with her arms). Honestly, if she were any more exactly like her old dad it would be scary.
Denver has a wonderful zoo! It was quite a trek from where the bus from the hotel dropped us off, but both Nora and I had a blast.
Kevin was invited to give a talk at The University of Texas at Austin, so we all drove the three hours west to spend a long weekend in the state’s capital. What a great city! Cooler temperatures, cleaner air, great food, lots of people walking around and riding bikes — reminded us of Ann Arbor (but with sun). We visited the Austin Children’s Museum, climbed up to see the amazing view from the top of Mount Bonnell, ran all over the grounds of the capitol, saw some of the inside of the capitol building and ate lunch in their cafeteria, played on the playground and rode the train at Zilker Park, and even did some splashing in the river. Sadly, the camera did not accompany us on many of these adventures, but here are the pictures we do have: