Once the kids knew the trip plans -- flying into Denver and then driving all over Colorado and Wyoming -- I sent them their packing list. Technology is sometimes my friend! I texted them all the list of what they needed to bring.
To say they were excited is really not doing it justice. They have never been any further West than TN/KY/IL. That's partly why I was so excited to take them out West. They had no idea what the Rockies really would look like. We have the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, but that is such a different landscape.
We flew out Saturday morning and they were incredibly excited about that too!
I packed everyone a little snack bag for the flight -- as I looked through all our pics, it made me laugh that Jackson took a picture of his spread. (That boy LOVES food!)
While our flight was uneventful, our rental car pickup was nothing but eventful. The computers were down at the rental car place and they lacked all customer service skills, so they didn't give customers a heads up at all. In fact, it took 3 hours for us to get our rental car. 3 hours. I get that things happen, but the lack of customer service was what did them in. The kids entertained themselves better than the adults.
Although I did crack myself up with my clever travel things -- my Road trip t-shirt and Rocky Road trail mix! (The kids were not amused by either!)
We spent the afternoon/evening driving around Denver. They were shocked when they saw how huge the mountains were!
After sightseeing in Denver, we headed south an hour to Colorado Springs and checked into our hotel. As we drove, the moon started to appear and they said it looked like it was sitting on the ground. It is amazing because you can see for so much distance, so the sky looks huge!