Our anniversary was planned months in advance this year, which was super fun to do because we don't often get to do anything for our anniversary. It's either hard to budget something in, or we've got other things going on, or it's just not feasible to be able to leave the kids, or there is nobody to leave the kids with!
However, this year, we had Nanna. Nanna is my bestie's mom, and she moved down here to be close to her daughter. In turn, she sorta became my kids' Nanna as well. So in anticipating our anniversary, we asked Nanna if she wanted to stay overnight with the kids so we could get away. She agreed!!
The Husband has been longing to take me to a natural hot spring, so we researched some "local" places (meaning within 3 hours away) and we found Antero Hot Springs in the mountains of Buena Vista. We reserved a little cabin that had a private hot spring/hot tub and we were super excited to have a little overnight adventure.
Then, about a month later, I found a great deal on Groupon (or Living Social Deals) that had a white water rafting trip for 2...in Buena Vista! I have always always always wanted to go white water rafting. I bought the deal, then made our reservation for the day we were going to Buena Vista, and we were set!
Here's a picture of us, just before we changed into our "wet" attire for rafting. We were so excited!
Another rafter took this next picture for us, after we've all gotten instructions and were ready to get our rafts in the water!
Another couple joined us in our raft, along with our awesome guide. We had a great time talking and laughing and getting really wet and splashed up along the river. We told everyone we were celebrating our anniversary, and enjoying time away from our 5 kids. After the trip, our guide gave us a cd of pictures that the company took, as congratulations. So now our trip is recorded for posterity. We had such a great time. Heath and I are the two up front!
It was a great afternoon. Afterwards, we drove 15 minutes or so down the road and checked into our cabin. Then we enjoyed dinner at a Mexican restaurant before heading back to the cabin for the night. This was the road we took. Just beautiful!
We soaked a few times in our private hot springs tub throughout the evening and morning, enjoying the fresh air and loving the nature all around us. We highly recommend Antero Hot Springs, if you are looking for a little getaway. They have three cabins (we had the smallest one named The Cottonwood, but it was plenty big for our family..should we bring them with us next time) and they book up fast, so make your reservations plenty early enough! FYI, they don't have any tv or stero or anything of the kind, and our cell phones didn't have coverage up there. We had planned on renting a movie and watching it, with rootbeer and popcorn (one of my favorite treats) but couldn't. Not to be saddened, though...we found stuff to entertain ourselves! Next time, we'll bring our laptop if we want to watch something.
Just behind the cabin, through a little meadow, was the river/stream. It was moving fast and very cold, but so peaceful to sit and watch! We explored the area a bit, before we left the cabin, and took more pictures!
It still being early, we weren't quite ready to drive back home, so we continued down the lovely country road, more into the mountains, and looked for some spots to hike around.
We passed many more hotspring accommodations, some of which were camp sites, and others were ranch-like places. All very cool. We saw plenty of wildlife, including this deer who was sitting over a log...going pottty.
We decided to hike up Agness Vaille Falls, because we heard it was a lovely waterfall. It was a really nice hike, and for most of it we followed the little stream, which was the waterfall runoff.
We were able to hike right up to the base of the falls. You can see The Husband standing at the base of it, with me a bit further away.
We didn't take any more pictures, but we hiked a bit more, explored some of the other Hot Springs locations, had an amazing breakfast at a local place in town, and then we headed back home, which was just over 2 hours away. We LOVED our little 24 hour excursion. Our kiddos were happy with Nanna, and everything worked out great!