Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Matt and the burro
Cooper Summer Vacation 2008 was to our favorite destination, Leadville, Colo. By my count, Madame X and I have been there five summers for sure (starting no later than 1990) and probably six and maybe seven. None of our four kids has made every trip. The town was just written up in The New York Times.
This was a special vacation, in that all four kids -- can I still call them that, even though all are 21 or older? -- plus both spouses and our granddaughter, made the trip, too. (Renting a vacation home instead of camping sweetened the deal.)
Leadville is also the home of the Koch family, where they serve the best pizza in the world at their restaurant High Mountain Pies.
We timed the vacation to coincide with Leadville's annual Boom Days weekend. The celebration included several heats of burro races, where anyone can step up to the line -- but watch where you step -- and run up and down a block of Harrison Avenue pulling a burro (0r vice versa).
My nephew Matthew appeared to be the youngest contestant in the races, accompanied by his dad, Tim. Incidentally, these races were just for fun.
Speaking of fun, we had plenty during our week in Leadville. More posts about vacation soon!