The kids have been looking forward to two Colorado things the most, and they are the tunnel through the continental divide and Casa Bonita, and we hit both things today. We didn’t intentionally get up early but we had already had breakfast and packed the car and were on the road by 8:30 am.
We stopped on the scenic overlook at Pagosa Hot Springs. The kids spent a good half an hour playing on the rocks and in the hot and cold water pools which on the side of the river we were on were only ankle deep.
The Eisenhower Tunnel is the name of the tunnel for the Northbound traffic. It seemed less tunnel-ish than we expected because it is so well lit.
After the tunnel, the traffic came to a standstill and we spent the next several hours in stop and go traffic. What should have been a 5 hr driving day became an 8hr driving day.
We were glad to pull into Denver.
Casa Bonita (a Mexican restaurant with a waterfall, shows, and divers performing for the crowds) was our first stop. Chad had been there before when he had been in Denver with friends several years before we got married, and has been talking to the kids about it for a while.